Category: My New Village

Pagoh awaits development [巴莪]

Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE
Sin Chew Daily

Pagoh gained fame when the government decided to build four university campuses in Pagoh Education Hub two years ago. However, the Education Hub is located 7km from Pagoh but only 2km from Panchor and 3km from Pagoh Jaya, and thus, it is still under observation whether the Education Hub can bring development to Pagoh.

Pagoh village head Dai Xing Sheng believes that due to geographical factors, Panchor and Pagoh have benefited most from the Education Hub while Pagoh should more or less benefit from the project, too.

As it is surrounded by large plantations, with the restrictions of Malay reservation land, the development of Pagoh has been greatly limited.

“As the land on one side of the main road is Malay reservation land, residents are still staying in pre-war wooden houses; while modern two-storey and three-storey houses have been built on the other side of the road with a smaller portion of Malay reservation land, forming an obvious contrast,” he said.

He said that there are already about 1,000 shops and houses in new town Pagoh Jaya located 5km away with no geographical restrictions, which is part of a massive development project.

Veteran villager Liu Han Ge, 93, who has been living in Pagoh for 77 years, said that the Japanese had launched massive massacres in Pagoh during the tragic era of Japanese invasion.

“The Japanese locked those arrested in a house, released poisonous gas, and shot those who could not stand it and tried to escape,” he recalled.

Pagoh received power supply in 1953 and villagers are mainly engaged in oil palm plantation and rubber-tapping, some also run businesses. Many young people also grow vegetables and fruits.

Source: http://www.mysinchew.com/node/106999

Category: My New Village