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Balakong is a small town in Selangormarker, Malaysiamarker. Balakong is situated exactly at the boundary of Kajangmarker and Cherasmarker. It is an up and coming area for condominium development with the Mines Resort and the Juta Mines Condominium.

History

Name

According to locals, the name Balakong comes from the Chinese New Village which name is Balakong New Village. The village was drawn up and barred wired by the British government during the Communist Emergency Period.

There was a river running through the village, which name was Sungai Balak. The immediate guess was the village was named after the river. The meaning of Kong has 2 origin.

one was "Kong" in Hakka,which means port or location. There was upper kong and lower kong within the village. the other meaning was said to be "ong" which means prosperity.

Before 1980s (1980-1990)

the village was surrounded by rubber plantation used Tin Mining Lakes. Most families in the village was rubber tappers. There a was primary school, a few Chinese temple, a wet market, a Lutheran church(on a hilltop),a cowboy town street,a people's town hall and a football field. The village was divided by Sungai Balak.

After 1990s{1990-2008}

During the development of Taming Jaya. the Locals said that the developer Taming Jaya had rebuild the balakong road, a two lane aside highway started from Mines wonderland to Cheras 11th mile.

later, taman Caughlock from behind of the village had a road connect Cheras.

Taming Jaya had develop rubber plantation opposite the village into a small-industry area and housing estate.

Today

Today Balakong road had much been replaced by Balakong SILK Highway which is connected with Kajang Silk highway which exist at the North-South Expressway Southern Route . The surrounding area of Balakong now is a busy town with small, light and middle industries with at least a few thousand foreign workers from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.

On the site of New village Balakong, there is the turf club, Palace of the Golden horses, Housing estates, factories, Mines wonderland which house Giant supermarket and ends up with Econsave Hypermarket, Jusco Hypermarket cum shopping complex with connection to Bandar Tun Hussien Onn.

On the opposite of New village Balakong, There are Balakong Jaya, Taming Jaya, Taming Jaya Kiri, Desa Ria, Taman Impian Eshan, Taman Cheras Jaya and connected to Kajang town.


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