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Parit Bunga, a small developing town [巴力文莪]

Geographically, Kampung Parit Bunga and Kampung Sungai Sendok are located next to each other and since rural area villagers were not forced to move into the fenced area in town during the Malayan Emergency, many stayed in their farms.

Separated by Sungai Sendok, houses of the two villages scattered along roads connecting them.

The only iconic outlook that Kampung Parit Bunga used to have might only be a row of 15 pre-war shops in early days. However, the historical shops were demolished to give way to the Muar Second Bridge costing more than RM300 million.

According to records, Kampung Parit Bunga, a small town located between Malacca and Segamat, has over a century of history.

The village was named Parit Bunga (Ditch Flower) as there was a ditch with flowers in the village.

During the British colonial period, the unfenced village had a Chinese village head but only Malay village heads were appointed after the independence, until 2001 when the village committee was formed, a Chinese village head was appointed.

Most Chinese villagers are engaged in farming.

Veteran village head Chen Zhen Xiang, 72, said that Parit Bunga was under the state assembly constituency of Serom but subjected to the jurisdiction of Muar Municipal Council in early days, hindering its development.

He said that the situation was improved only after they formed the village committee and restructured the village. Roads were paved, street lights were installed, and other public facilities were improved.

According to school magazine, SJK(C) Pui Nan was established by seven villagers in January 1935 and the classes were held in a private house until it was relocated to a wooden house in July 1936. The school was relocated again in 1956, following the completion of new school buildings.

School board chairman Zhang Lai Fa, 67, pointed out that only those living in town were affected by the fencing order during the Malayan Emergency, while small farm owners continued their farming work in suburb areas.

He recalled that the school was operated in an old shop lot next to a coffee shop and at that time, there was no fixed age to start school and thus, children of various ages could be seen studying in the same class.

He said that when he was in Standard Five, the school received land for development from the government and students were asked to help weeding. He was able to study in the new school building for a year.

Incumbent village head Xie Xu Lin, 50, said that during the British colonial period, lorries could be seen at the port, which has been abandoned for almost 40 years after the inland development, and the busy scene can no longer be seen now.

He recalled that when he was still a child, toilets were built outside the houses and an old man would collect the excrement from house to house everyday before dumping them somewhere near the port.

He said that as time goes by, many houses have been renovated or rebuilt and thus, the number of traditional Malay stilt houses has gradually reduced.

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