consist of Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia.There are 14 states
in the west part of Malaysia and two in the east (Sarawak and Sabah),which
cover the northern part of the island of Borneo.East and West Malaysia
are separated by South China Sea,the distance between the Peninsula
and East Malaysia probably is about 500-1000km.
My hometown Kuala Lipis is located in the state of Pahang,if you look
at the map,you can find Kuala Lipis quite in the middle of Peninsular
Malaysia or maybe a bit more north.
is a small town that has very little to offer to tourists.District of
Kuala Lipis consist of neighbourhood villages and towns like Benta,Penjom,Padang
Tengku,Jerokoh and Merapoh.It is a riverside settlement where two rivers
meet, Sungai Jelai and Sungai Lipis.That’s why it bears the name „Kuala".
Many of us
learned in our history lesson,that Kuala Lipis was the capital of Pahang
state from 1898 to 1955.During those days Kuala Lipis was an important
trading place for timber (wood) and centre of gold and tin mining.In
1955 the capital of Pahang moved to Kuantan,since then Kuala Lipis ceased
to develop.It becomes what many people called a sleepy town.However
many people still remember this small town as the former capital of
Pahang.I guess some older residents in Kuala Lipis are still proud of
this fact.I once asked my grandfather why the government moved our capital
to Kuantan.He said, we have only river and Kuantan has a seaport,which
makes Kuantan more ideal for the title. Why not!
played an important part for the economy in Pahang during those days,due
to this reason the British government had assigned Resident to Kuala
Lipis and built him a house.It is a small museum and hotel now.There
are a few colonial style buildings you can see in this town,for example,the
City Hall,The Clifford School,some bungalows on the hill top and the
Pahang Club.There are nice spots for photography.
I was born
in Kuala Lipis in 1971 and left home in 1991.As far as I can remember,Kuala
Lipis did not change much in these 20 years.In fact more and more young
people left home after completed their Pre-university exams.They head
on to bigger cities like Kuala Lumpur and Johore Bahru to further their
studies or search for jobs.Those left behind are either government staffs,businessmen,those
who have their own farms,very young people or very elderly.When I was
a kid,there were only 3 rows of shophouses in the centre of the town,two
rows on Jalan Besar (the Main Street) and one row on Jelai Street (overlooking
the river).These shophouses were built in the early 1900s.
In the 90s
there are more changes.New roads and bridges were built to branch Kuala
Lipis out to another towns.Besides,new part of the town is opened to
extend the commercial district.It is a good progress and sign.Kuala
Lipis is no longer a dead end or dead town.
are Malays,Chinese,Indians and Orang Asli (aborigine) in Kuala Lipis.In
the centre of the town,it’s not hard to find different kind of food
to eat.However,most of the shops and business owners are Chinese.The
people here earn their livings as rubber tappers,(produced latex as
raw material for making plastic and tyre) oil palm estate workers and
farmers.The people in Kuala Lipis live a simple live,night life is not
popular here.We used to have a cinema in town many years ago.When home
video series and movies from Hong Kong came into our market, it hit
the cinema business and eventually it closed down.
never change,Kuala Lipis is like many other small towns in Malaysia,finding
good food and places to eat is never a problem.There’re stores selling
breakfast,there are shops operate for lunch only and many opened for
dinner and supper. The Kuala Lipis people love to eat and enjoy eating.In
fact more and more food stores are opened.I do not know the population
in Kuala Lipis,will keep you updated when I have the correct figure.
It’s a place where you can know a lot of people and almost everyone
know everyone in town.The crime rate is low and it’s quite safe to walk
alone day and night.The ties between neighbours are very closed and
strong.Most people have good contact with their neighbours.In this small
town locking your front door and gate is not necessary.
When I was
younger,I don’t see this town any special,but now I see it as my hometown
and my root.A place that will bring back many of my childhood memories.A
good place to find peacefulness and quietness for my mind after almost
one whole year of hectic city life.
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