Batu Pahat

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Batu Pahat Mall

Kampung Beroleh, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

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Taman Rekreasi Tasik Y

Jalan Sejati, Kampung Bahagia, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

+6 019-607 9882

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  • HISTORY

    Old building at Batu Pahat. This building Is age around 50 years old

    According to local lore, Batu Pahat or chiselled rock in Malay has a history that goes back to 1546, when the invading Siamese troops were digging for fresh water in the village of Kampung Minyak Beku during their siege of Portuguese held Malacca.

    Whether true or not, there is evidence that, prior to the Hindu Java-based Majapahit empire which controlled the Peninsula in the 14th century, the Siamese kings had brought most of the Peninsula under their control so that there could have been some initial Siamese contestation to the Portuguese conquest of Malacca. 

    Another version places the town’s beginnings to an even earlier period of a failed Siamese attack on Malacca during the reign of Sultan Muzaffar Shah who ruled from 1446 to 1459. After capturing Melaka, the Portuguese built the “A Famosa” fortress of granite rocks taken from the mouth of Sungai Batu Pahat. The town thus may have acquired its name from the quarries near the estuary. 

    Also known for its salted fish in the past, Batu Pahat was formerly also known as Bandar Penggaram, which means town of salt-makers. Despite its early beginnings, Batu Pahat did not take off until 1893 when Dato’ Muhamad Salleh bin Perang aka Dato’ Bentara Luar with the approval of Sultan Abu Bakar initiated the establishment of the new township. 

    As Government commissioner, Dato Bentara Luar was involved in the development of both Muar (also known as Bandar Maharani) and Batu Pahat. Amongst other achievements he is credited with managing gambir and black pepper plantations and successfully drawing a complete map of Johor state which show the roads and towns planned for development during his tenure. 

    What was also remarkable was his ability to converse in Chinese and his knowledge of Chinese culture. He is said to have accompanied the Sultan on a visit to China and was also close to the Chinese business community and the settlers attracted to the town and its surrounding areas.

    Batu Pahat owed its present development initially to the growth of the agricultural sector and small and medium industries such as textiles, garments, and electronics. In 2001 Batu Pahat was upgraded towards present town status (Majlis Perbandaran) with Muar, Kluang, and Skudai. 

    In some ways, the town can be regarded as one of the best examples of Malay-Chinese cooperation in the urban history of the country. The first Malay dragon dance troupe in Malaya was formed in Batu Pahat. Two other newsworthy items are associated with Batu Pahat. The first relates to a legend with the town recognized as the home of Puteri Gunung Banang, a family member of the traditional fable Puteri Gunung Ledang.

    The second is the tragic incident in October 1980 when Batu Pahat police killed eight members of a mob led by cult leader, Ahmad Nasir Ismail, who claimed to be the Imam Mahadi, a messiah. The mob stormed the police headquarters in Batu Pahat, injuring 14 policemen and 9 civilians. The self-styled Mahadi was among those killed.

  • SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

    A sunny day on the streets of Batu Pahat

    Despite its humble beginnings Batu Pahat has begun to leave its mark on the national scene. In 2006, Batu Pahat had overtaken Muar to become the second largest urban area in Johor. By 2012, Batu Pahat had become the 16th largest urban area in Malaysia. Today Batu Pahat has a population of more than 300,000 and the district has over 100,000 households with an estimated population of half a million. 

    Chinese make up the majority of the town’s population at 62% followed by the Malay at 36% and Indians at 2%. A significant majority of Batu Pahat’s Chinese residents are Hokkien and they have established one of the country’s centers of religious worship with over 400 temples 

    which draws devotees and tourists from the southern states, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The town, in keeping with its multiracial composition, has religious congregations of all the major religions including Islam, Christianity and Hinduism within the town and its vicinity. 

    The Hokkien in the town are descendants of migrants from southern Fujian Province and speak a southern version of the Hokkien dialect which is distinct from the Penang or Northern version. There are also significant numbers of Teochew from Guangdong province and other southern migrant communities who converse in the Hakka, Cantonese and Hainanese dialects Mandarin is the lingua franca for the Chinese communities.

    The Malays in the town use the Johorean Malay dialect also known as the Johor-Riau dialect which is a literary standard language derived from the Johor and Malacca Sultanates. Malays in Batu Pahat are descended from different sub ethnic groups most notably Melayu, Javanese, Bugis, Banjar and Orang Kuala (the indigenous group). The India community in Batu Pahat is mostly made up of ethnic Tamils

  • ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

     

    Batu Pahat is Johor’s second largest manufacturing industrial town with textiles, electronics, food-processing, timber, porcelain and plastic industry establishments. 50% of the textile exported from Malaysia comes from over 300 garment and textile factories in this part of the country. 

    Batu Pahat is also home to many foreign and local public listed companies. They include Harta Packaging, PCCS, Baneng Holdings, S&P, Sharp Roxy, Ramatex, Southex, Prolexus, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Yong Tai, Hwa Tai, AE, Kia Lim, Kayu Wangi, Hup Seng, Xiang Leng, Magnum, SKP, SPI Plastics, BP Plastics, Cheng Yap Sdn. Bhd. and Fast Track Solutions Bhd. 

    Agriculture is another important contributor to the town and Johor economy. The town has long been the center of some of the largest rubber, oil palm, coconut and cocoa plantations in Johor. Known also as “Northern Johor’s Shopping Paradise”, the town’s development has also been fuelled by the presence of numerous shopping malls and hypermarkets. 

    Batu Pahat is served by local and intercity land transport, both locally and intercity. They include ● Terminal Bus (Serving express bus,local as well as intercity bus and taxis) 

    • Ferry Terminal (A new ferry terminal is located at Minyak Beku, servicing the Indonesia ports of Tanjung Balai, Bangkalis and Batam)
  • KOPITIAM AND EATERIES

    The town’s specialities include fried oysters, fish ball noodles, bak chor mee, Chinese and Malay style of apam balik, ngo hiang biscuits, Hakka mee and satay. Batu Pahat is also known for Malay and Indian food such as the famous non-poisonous mee racun, nasi beriani gam, asam pedas, mee Bandung, and many varieties of roti canai (including a sizzling speed Chinese version).

    Satay


    Macau Kopitiam 澳门茶餐室

    72, Jalan Jelawat, Taman Banang, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 016-336 6515


    Hai Nam Kopitiam

    Taman Kemajuan, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    大杯水 Da Bei Shui Kopitiam

    Jalan Penjaja 3, Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 016-791 0503


    Kopitiam 898

    46, Jalan Setia Jaya Utama, Taman Setia Jaya, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 012-764 5622


    Han Kee Cake & Café

    No48, Jalan Jelawat, Taman Banang, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 07-434 7562


    Akbar Cendol

    12, Jalan Engan, Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 012-739 9054


    Ramly Cafe

    BP Walk 67, Jalan Rahmat, Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    Roundabout Kopitiam – Roundabout Bistro N Cafe

    36, 1, Jalan Kluang, Simpang Rantai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 07-433 5688


    Chop Tong Ah / Ramly Kopitiam

    Kampung Sateh, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    北金水Kopitiam

    10, Jalan Rhu, Taman Makmur, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

  • SHOPPING

    Batu Pahat Town

    Batu Pahat Mall

    Kampung Beroleh, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    The Summit Batu Pahat

    88, Jalan Bakau Condong, Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 07-432 6222


    Batu Pahat Mall – BP Mall

    49, 5, Jalan Kluang, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 017-709 5988


    AEON BiG Batu Pahat

    No 1B, Jalan Persiaran Flora Utama, Taman Flora Utama, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 1-300-80-2366


    Square One Shopping Mall

    Johor, Batu Pahat, Taman Flora Utama, Jalan Persiaran Flora Utama, 邮政编码, 83000


    Dexandra Batu Pahat

    No 49, Jalan Penghulu Abdul Majid, Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 012-676 2496


    Mydin Batu Pahat

    Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    Old Street Mall

    83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    Nirwana Maju

    Tongkang Pechah, 83010 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 07-415 1993


    Pacific Hypermarket

    1-888, Batu Pahat Mall, Jalan Kluang, Kampung Beroleh, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 07-431 1233

  • TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES

    Chong Long Gong Temple Batu Pahat

     

    Taman Rekreasi Tasik Y

    Jalan Sejati, Kampung Bahagia, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 019-607 9882


    Dataran Penggaram Batu Pahat

    Jalan Rahmat, Kampung Bahagia, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    Pantai Minyak Beku

    83000, Jalan Minyak Beku, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    DIY Playground Batu Pahat

    Jalan Syed Abdullah, Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 012-739 3500


    Wet World Batu Pahat Village

    Resort 15, Jalan Seroja Jaya 2, Kampung Batu Pasir, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 07-433 6060


    Batu Pahat Waterfront Park

    Jalan Shahbandar, Kampung Pegawai, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    Penggaram Waterfront Park

    Jalan Shahbandar, Kim’s Park Business Centre, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 012-774 2699


    Galeri Dato’ Onn Batu Pahat

    Jalan Dato Mohd. Shah, Gunong Soga, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

    +6 07-431 7220


    Hutan Lipur Bukit Perdana

    Taman Bukit Perdana, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor


    3D Zebra Crossing Batu Pahat

    44, Jalan Pejabat, Kampung Bahagia, 83000 Batu Pahat, Johor

  • PERSONALITIES AND CELEBRITIES

    Dato Onn Ja’afar Nationalist Leader and UMNO Founder
    Hussein Onn Prime Minister
    Hishammuddin Hussein Politician
    Chua Soi Lek Politician
    Teo Nie Ching Politician
    Lim Kit Siang Politician and Opposition Leader
    Lim Guan Eng Politician
    Tony Pua Politician
    Teng Chang Khim Politician
    Vincent Tan Chee Yioun (Batu Pahat) Business Tycoon
    Syed Esa Alwee Politician
    Syed Nasir Ismail Politician
    Syed Husin Ali Politician
    Kua Kia Soong Activist
    Koh Yeow Tong Rugby Player
    Shaharom Husain Historian
    Murugayan Kumaresan Cyclist
    A Rahman A Jamal Academician
    Sazali Samad (Batu Pahat) Body Builder