Category: My New Village

Distant from hub [十支新村]

Located far away from a winding road, Kampung Baru 10 has its own story to tell.

With its quiet and contented environment, birdsong cold be heard and flora aroma could be smelled everywhere. Kampung Baru 10 is a simple and harmonious small village.

Homemade snack Mee Siput must be mentioned when we talk about Kampung Baru 10.

Villager Pan Bao Zhen, 58, who brought in the snack from Batu Pahat, said that Mee Siput was a childhood snack and after she married to her husband in Kampung Baru 10, she made some improvements to the chili sauce. Wrapped in old newspapers, the snack was sold at 10 sen in the initial stage and she later packed it in plastic bags so that her school bus driver husband could sold it to students on the bus.

She said with a smile that she was not able to vigorously promote it but since many villagers liked it, they introduced to outsiders visiting the village and it gradually became a popular souvenir.

She said that over time, the snack gained popularity but since it is a family-style business and the preparation of the chili sauce is very time consuming, she is not able to make mass production. Therefore, she advised those who wish to buy a large amount of the snack to better make a phone call order.

Village committee chairman Lin Ya Zhi, 66, recalled that the village was originally an estate before the independence, surrounded by about 300 acres of rubber estate owned by a British company. A group of rubber tappers lived in a staff quarter in the estate and after the company withdrew in 1956, they bought land from the company and became small estate owners. They stayed and formed the existing new village.

He said that the village had only about a dozen of households and it is now having 86, including nine Indian families. Most villagers are engaged in oil palm and durian plantations.

He said that the village had mud roads until early 1970s when asphalt was laid with the assistance of local leaders. It then followed by water and electricity supply.

He also said that there was no shop in early days and villagers had to do their daily necessity shopping in Bukit Kangkar. There were also outsiders selling vegetables, meat and fruits in the village, until villagers started to operate coffee shops and grocery shops in the 1970s.

He recalled, “There was no Chinese primary school in the village in the old times and after helping their parents in the estate in the morning, children would take the trails in the rubber estate to a school in Bukit Kangkar, and when there were floods, they would have to take off their clothes and shoes and put them on their heads together with their schoolbags before walking through the water and put them on back before rushing to school.”

He revealed that the village is currently having about 700 people of population but only about 400 are staying in the village as most of the young generation have fled outside to work or do business. Only farmers, elders and children stay. However, the village restores the lively scene during festive seasons.

Category: My New Village