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As in many cities or towns in Malaysia, the parking system in Batu Pahat uses coupons (Zone A in Johor).
Parking time can be bought from agents who have been given authority to sell by the Batu Pahat local authority, MPBP.
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Hilly View of Batu Pahat City
Night View of Batu Pahat City
Sungai Batu Pahat


Batu Pahat (also known as Bandar Penggaram or BP; Jawi: بندر ڤڠڬارام, ) is a city located on the west coast of the state of Johormarker, Malaysiamarker within a district of the same name. It lies south-east of Muarmarker, south-west of Kluangmarker, north-west of Pontianmarker and south of Segamatmarker. As of 2008, Batu Pahat is the 12th largest city in Malaysia in terms of population. In 2006, Batu Pahat city surpassed Muar town to become the second largest city in Johor state.

History and etymology

Etymology and legends

The name Batu Pahat means "chiseled rock" in Malay. The origin of this name can be traced back to a legend in the 15th century; when the invading Siamese troops were chiselling rocks at a rocky spot in the coastal village of Kampung Minyak Beku, in hope of getting fresh water during their retreat. They were being chased by the Melaka troops, being led by Tun Perak, the famous Bendahara (Prime Minister) of the Malacca Empire. In fact, in around 1456, the Siamese army was led by Admiral Awi Di Chu camped in Batu Pahat before attacking Malacca.

Another story goes like this - after capturing Melaka, the Portuguesemarker built a fortress - "A Famosa" of granite rocks taken from the mouth of Sungei Batu Pahat. The town acquired its name, which means "chiselled stone" from the quarries near the estuary. Renowned for its salted fish in the past, Batu Pahat was formerly known as Bandar Penggaram, which means town of salt-makers. In 1893, the present township was founded by Dato Bentara Luar, Mohamed Salleh bin Perang, acting on the orders of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Abu Bakar.

Today, the ancient well can still be found in Minyak Beku, though little was done to maintain this ancient landmark which gives its name to the town. For the town's centennial celebration in the early 90's, a quaint monument depicting a 'floating hand chiselling a rock' was set up in the town square. It became the landmark of the town instantaneously. Currently, the newly refurbished town square is popular with locals to chill out on weekend nights and also provides a venue for many public festive celebrations.

Batu Pahat is also the home of Puteri Gunung Banang which is a family member of the traditional fable Puteri Gunung Ledang [5].The first Malay dragon dance (Chinese culture) troop in Malaya was formed by Dato' Bentara Luar Mohd. Salleh Perang in Batu Pahat, only to have its final public performance in 1955, when cultural exchange gave way to racial politics. [6]
Batu Pahat landmark, stone symbolises Batu and hammer symbolises Pahat


Recent history

The place of the Parit Sulong Massacre (The Bridge of Pekan Parit Sulong) was situated in this district. It is located in Mukim Simpang Kiri at Pekan Parit Sulong. The original bridge has now been demolished and it was replaced by a new bridge; the plaque of the massacre exists until today.There used to be a Batu Pahat Bank. However, in 1963 OCBC created Pacific Bank to acquire 97% of Batu Pahat Bank. Singaporean businessmen incorporated the OCBC bank in 1919 to serve the needs of the local Chinese community, which comprise the majority of the town's population. At the time Batu Pahat in Johore was a center for the production of rubber. OCBC bought the bank in anticipation of the union between Malaya and Singapore [7]. Until the 80's, both OCBC and Pacific banks were still located face to face at the junction of Jalan Soga and Jalan Rahmat. On the 1 January 2001, Pacific Bank Berhad merged with MayBank Berhad and PhileoAllied Bank Berhad, after a Malaysian Government directive.On the 16 October 1980, Batu Pahat police killed eight members of a sword-wielding mob led by a Cambodian refugee-cum-cult leader, Ahmad Nasir Ismail, who claimed to be Imam Mahadi, a sort of messiah. They had stormed the police headquarters in Batu Pahat, injuring 14 policemen and 9 civilians. The self-styled Mahadi was among those killed.Batu Pahat celebrated its 100th year of foundation in 1994. The delayed celebration was held in the city area with street cultural performances at night and ended with a fireworks display near the Dataran (city square).

The outskirts of Batu Pahat were severely affected by the Typhoon Utor-associated floods not only once, but twice in a span of a month from December 2006 to January 2007 (2006-2007 Malaysian floods). Affected areas include Senggarang, Sr Gading, Parit Yanni, Parit Ahmad and Parit Besar.

Geography

Batu Pahat is situated at 1°51′N, 102°56′E in the state of Johor in southern Peninsular Malaysiamarker. It is located 239 km from Kuala Lumpurmarker. The closest town to Batu Pahat is Muarmarker, which is located 50 km to the northwest of this city. The town of Kluangmarker is located about 52 km to the southeast. Johor Bahrumarker, the capital of Johor, is located about 130 km to the south east of the town.

The district itself borders the district of Segamat to the north, Kluang to the east, Muar to the west and shares a border in the southeast with the district of Pontian. The coast of the Straits of Melakamarker lies to the south.

Subdivisions and administration

The district (daerah) is further divided into subdistricts (mukim. The subdistricts are designated with a number (Mukim 1 till 12,17 and 18):

1. Lubok (Mukim I)

2. Bagan (Mukim II)

3. Peserai (Mukim III)

4. Simpang Kiri (Mukim IV)

5. Simpang Kanan (Mukim V)

6. Linau (Mukim VI)

7. Tanjung Semberong (Mukim VII)

8. Sri Gadingmarker 四加亭(Mukim VIII)

9. Minyak Beku (Mukim IX)

10. Kampung Bahru (Mukim X)

11. Sungai Punggor (Mukim XI)

12. Sungai Kluang (Mukim XII)

13. Chaah Bahru (Mukim XVII)

14. Sri Medan (Mukim XVIII)

Batu Pahat is administered by the Majlis Perbandaran Batu Pahat, MPBP 峇株巴辖市议会 or Batu Pahat Municipal Council which was upgraded from the previous (Majlis Daerah Batu Pahat Barat,MDBPB) or West Batu Pahat District Council.

Batu Pahat district has 525 gazetted villages (kampung-kampung) and village-clusters (kampung rangkaian) where smaller villages were annexed to their bigger immediate neighbours for the purpose of administration. The villages are represented by their Ketua-Ketua Kampung (village heads), who answer to the Penghulu (subdistrict chief) administering the Mukim. The Mukim itself however is under the jurisdiction of the Pegawai Daerah or District Officer. The district office of Batu Pahat also has five district engineers (Jurutera Daerah) to oversee all the subdistricts.

Growth in small and medium industries such as textiles, garments and electronics helped to boost development, and Batu Pahat was upgraded to town status (Majlis Perbandaran) in 2001, alongside Muar, Kluang and Skudai.

As of 2008, the government does not have any plans to upgrade Batu Pahat to a city status (Majlis Bandaraya) yet, although the development of Batu Pahat has surpassed Alor Starmarker and Kuala Terengganumarker, which have both already achieved city status.

Demographics

The city of Batu Pahat has a population of more than 200,000 local residents. There are about 59,587 households with 468,058 population in this district. The most populated mukim is Simpang Kanan with more than 180,000 people and the least populated is Bagan with a population of only 4,692.

Overall district-wide population distribution based on gender are almost equal with a male population of 169,087 and female population of 166,281. [4]

Batu Pahat city is made up of 37.08% Bumiputeras (mainly Malays), 60.29% Chinese, and 2.54% Indians and other less numerous races.

Batu Pahat Chinese people usually use Mandarin as their main communication language due to the influence by Singapore Broadcast Television, Mediacorp 新传媒. For dialect speaking, most of Batu Pahat people are speaking Southern Malaysia and Singapore Hokkien but differently from the Penang Hokkien.

Insight Bandar Penggaram (Batu Pahat City)

Layout of Batu Pahat City

North zone in Batu Pahat city:

  • Taman Peserai
  • Peserai
  • Kampung Muhibbah
  • Simpang Lima
  • Parit Besar (Bagan) 峇眼
  • Semerah


South zone in Batu Pahat city:

  • Taman Kemajuan
  • Taman Mewah 美华花园
  • Taman Kenanangan
  • Taman Bahagia
  • Taman Bukit Mutiara 伏龙山庄
  • Taman Bukit Mutiara 2 伏龙山庄二
  • Taman Flora Height 梅花高原
  • Taman Bandar
  • Taman Bukit Banang
  • Ayam Suloh
  • Senggarang
  • Rengit


Center Zone in Batu Pahat city:
Overall View of Batu Pahat City (Center Zone)


  • Taman Pegawai
  • Kampung Merdeka 周来村 (in Hokkien:Jiu1 Lai1)
  • Taman Limpoon 林份花园
  • Taman Dato Abdul Rahman
  • Taman Batu Pahat 峇株巴辖花园
  • Taman Sejahtera
  • Taman Damai
  • Taman Damai 2
  • Taman Emas
  • Taman Emas 2 万豪苑
  • Taman Bukit Perdana 龙华山庄
  • Taman Bukit Perdana 2 龙华山庄二
  • Taman Perdana 红山
  • Taman Inang
  • Batu Pahat city centre 峇株巴辖市中心


East Zone in Batu Pahat city:
Overall View of Batu Pahat City (East Zone)




West Zone in Batu Pahat city:
Lover Bridge Segenting (情人桥)


  • Taman Banang Ria
  • Banang Height
  • Taman Ampang Jaya
  • Taman Ampuan 安邦花园
  • Taman Joseph
  • Taman Sri Pantai 金宝苑
  • Taman Pantai 班底花园
  • Taman Pantai Baru 新班底花园
  • Taman Masjid Tanah
  • Taman Dagang
  • Taman Zamrud
  • Taman Soga 苏雅花园
  • Taman Soga 2
  • Kampung Satey
  • Kampung Petani
  • Sungai Suloh
  • Segentingmarker(石文丁)
  • Pantai Minyak Beku
  • Perigi Batu Pahat


Roads

In the older part of the city, Jalan Penggaram is a street specializing in garment trading and goldsmiths. These are old but still functional and well-maintained shop houses that remind Batu Pahat of its colonial past. Local Chinese prefer to call it "Hakka Street", probably due to the dominant Hakka population managing the garment stores. "Japan Street" is Jalan Ismail also located at the older part of the city.

BP Walk landmark
  • Jalan Rahmat [大马路]


- Batu Pahat's first main road, mainly finances and banks road. Normally quite busy from 10 am until 4 pm, during banking hours. Banks and finances located along the road are 2 Maybank, 2 CIMB Bank, Am Bank, HSBC Bank, Bank Islam, Am Bank Insurance and Great Eastern Insurance which is five floors of office. A post office is also located along the road. "BP Walk" is also situated along the road.

  • Jalan Sultanah [二马路]


- Batu Pahat's second main road. Hong Leong bank and OSK Investment office are also located along the road.
View of Jalan Sultanah


  • Jalan Fatimah


- Carnival hotel located along the road.
Carnival hotel


  • Jalan Ismail [日本街]


- Road formerly occupied by Japanese during World War II.

  • Jalan Jenang
View of Jalan Jenang


  • Jalan Idris [打铁街]


- Road formerly mainly on iron and steel business.

  • Jalan Penggaram [布店街]


- Road mainly for selling clothes. Also named "Hakka Street" because of the road's dominant Hakka population managing the garment stores, especially clothing shops.

  • Jalan Soga


  • Jalan Rugayah


- The Store supermarket, Farson supermarket, Bank Simpanan Nasional, Toyota Car Service Centre and Pelican Hotel are located along the road.

  • Jalan Ibrahim


- The everyday Pasar pagi is along the upper part of the road, where the local authority government, MPBP, had made a roof along this upper part of the road.


  • Jalan Engan


  • Jalan Pasar


- Batu Pahat main and historical wet market located here.

  • Jalan Syahbandar [海墘街]
View of Jalan Syahbandar


  • Jalan Temenggung


  • Jalan Abu Bakar


- 15 floor bus station located at this road.
Outlook of Bus Station Batu Pahat
Part of Jalan Abu Bakar; far away one can see a tall building, Menara MPBP, where Batu Pahat bus station is located.


  • Jalan Peng Kai [贪吃街]


- Road with sales of all of Batu Pahat's local famous food.
Entrain of Jalan Pengkai


  • Jalan Mohd Akil
View of Jalan Mohd Akil


  • Jalan Mohd Salleh


  • Jalan Ampuan


- The trunk road from the city centre to Taman Soga, Taman Dagang, Taman Soga 2, Taman Pantai, Taman Pantai Baru, Taman Ampuan, Taman Joseph, Taman Sri Pantai, Taman Ampang Jaya, Taman Banang Height, Taman Banang Ria, Jabatan Kastam, Minyak Beku and Perigi Batu Pahat.

  • Jalan Masjid


  • Jalan Puteri


  • Jalan Mohd Khalid


- Where SJK(C) Ai Chun (1)&(2) and old Bomba are situated.

  • Jalan Zaharah


- The main road to SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat (High School Batu Pahat, HSBP), Hospital Batu Pahat, Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Batu Pahat (PPD) and Taman Soga.

  • Jalan Pejabat


- Many of Batu Pahat's government offices are located here, for example Pejabat Majlis Perbandaran Batu Pahat, JKR Batu Pahat, Majistret Court, and others.
New style of signboard in Batu Pahat


  • Jalan Zabedah


- Batu Pahat's most famous hotel, Katerinal hotel, Crystal Inn hotel, and Noval hotel, and Batu Pahat's most famous and largest restaurant, Sea View Restaurant all are located along the road. The peak hour of the road is between 9 pm until 11 pm everyday and 11 am until 11 pm every weekend, because the road is nearby The Summit and Sea View Restaurant.

  • Jalan Bakau Condong


- The Summit is located here, main trunk road from Jalan Peserai (to Muar) to the T-junction at Jalan Kluang.

  • Jalan Bukit Pasir


- Taman Bukit Pasir township is located here, main trunk road from city centre to Tongkang Pecah and Yong Peng, also mainly industrial area in Tongkang Pecah. Wet World Batu Pahat is also located at Bukit Pasir, place that quite a lot of tourists like to visit.
Wet World Batu Pahat


  • Jalan Kluang


- Batu Pahat Mall is located here, main trunk road from city centre round-about to Maktab Perguruan Hussein Onn, Jambatan Pengangkutan Jalanraya (JPJ) Sri Gading, new township Pura Kencana, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM), Parit Raja, Ayer Hitam, PLUS toll, Kluang and even Mersing. Many factories and Batu Pahat Mall are situated along the road, so the road is always facing a traffic jam problem, especially the part from Masjid Jamek to Kampung Istana.
Simpang Rantai Batu Pahat (Roundabout Batu Pahat)
Part of Jalan Kluang at night


  • Jalan Tanjung Labuh


- Main trunk road from city centre to Taman Banang, Banang Club Golf, Senggarang, Rengit and even Pontian Kecil. Batu Pahat's most famous primary school, SJK(C) Cheng Siu (1)&(2) is also located along the road. The peak hours of the road are usually every weekday because three primary schools and one private secondary school are located along the road.

  • Jalan Tan Swee Hoe [陈瑞和路]


- Main trunk road between Jalan Bukit Pasir and Jalan Kluang, which forms an H-shape. A lot of residential area and a new township, Taman Flora Utama and Taman Setia Jaya 2 are located along the way. Carrefour Hypermarket, McDonald Drive Thru, Square One Shopping Mall, Taman Setia Jaya 2 and Taman Flora Utama all located along the way. Convent Girl's primary and secondary school also situated along this road. So,the peak hour of the road is 6.30 am to 8 am and 8 pm to 10 pm every weekday, and 10 am to 10 pm every weekend and public holiday.
Batu Pahat food


Local attractions

The Batu Pahat city square (Dataran Penggaram) was renovated in the 1990s on the occasion of the city's centennial celebration. Sitting right in the middle of the square is the landmark, which depicts a floating hand chiselling a rock, is popular among locals to chill out at night. Common activities in the square such as children playing with balloons, remote-control cars and kite-flying can be seen during weekend nights. Surrounding the square are some old government offices. A recreational lake, named Tasik Y, is a favourite place for morning walk and exercise for the townfolks. There is also BP Walk, located at Jalan Rahmat, which is also a famous place for townfolks. Chinese food paradises are also in Batu Pahat town, for example in Jalan Pengkai (in Mandarin:贪吃街), and Jalan Shahbandar (in Hokien:海墘街). The popular food in Batu Pahat are fried oyster 蚝煎, fish ball noodles 鱼圆面, pork meat noodles 肉碎面, wan tan noodles 云吞面, ngo hiang(in Mandarin:五香), pork meat Satey and so on.

Batu Pahat is famous for its local delicacies and textile industry. Once regarded as the 'Little Paris' of Malaysia, Batu Pahat was famed for its 'red-light town' reputation in the 1960s - 1970's. However, there are only one or two bars of such kind left in town now, like Tiong Ah Bar, the oldest bar in town.

Shopping

Batu Pahat city is one shopping paradise which offers more value for your money, compared to other cities in Malaysia due to its lower cost of living.



- A shopping complex, established in 1996, is popular among townfolks and also attracting Singaporean tourists for a stop-over shopping day tour on the weekends. Batu Pahat city's 1st cinema company, GSC cinema is operated inside the shopping mall. Now the management of The Summit plans to build a 10 storey new wing for this shopping mall to compete with others' new shopping mall, a business they set up rapidly during these two years.
The Summit Batu Pahat, low cost shopping paradise of Batu Pahat




- In September 2006, the French retail giant Carrefour invested a total of RM90 million to set up its latest chain of hypermarkets in Taman Flora Utama. This is the second Carrefour to be built in Johore, and the tenth in Malaysia.
Carrefour Batu Pahat, which is located in Taman Flora Utama,1 day before opening
Carrefour Batu Pahat, which is located in Taman Flora Utama
Inside Carrefour Batu Pahat




- The Taman Flora Utama township grown rapidly and a new shopping mall, Square One, is just beside Carrefour and was opened in December 2008. Batu Pahat city's 3rd cinema company, 2nd Cineplexes (biggest in Batu Pahat), MBO Cineplexes will operate inside the shopping mall. There are eight theaters in the Cineplexes!
Outlook of Square One Mall
MBO Cineplexes, the largest cinemaplex in Batu Pahat city




- Inside Square One Shopping Mall.

  • One Stop


- Located at Jalan Rahmat, Jalan Jenang and Taman Bukit Pasir.



- Batu Pahat's first McDonald Drive Thru Restaurant was opened on 1 December 2008.
Batu Pahat McDonald Drive Thru, near Carrefour Batu Pahat at night
Batu Pahat McDonald Drive Thru, near Carrefour Batu Pahat at night during day time




- In January 2007, Batu Pahat Mall, a new hypermarket retail development, opened along the now burgeoning Jalan Kluang. This raised the profile of the surrounding area from a once squalid area of workshops, textile and apparel manufacturing to that of a commercial and retail area 4 km away from the city centre. Batu Pahat city's second cinema company, and first Cineplexes, Big Box Cineplexes is operated inside the shopping mall since December 2008. There are seven theaters in the Cineplexes!
Batu Pahat Mall, a famous high cost and branded goods paradise
A bridge outside Batu Pahat Mall which welcomes people to Batu Pahat city
Big Cineplexes, the second largest Cineplexes in Batu Pahat city




- Located at Jalan Rugayah and in The Summit.



- Located in Batu Pahat Mall.



- Located at Jalan Rugayah.

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Hotels and Accommodations

  • Rumah Persinggahan (Rest House)


  • Garden Hotel


  • Katerinal Hotel


  • Nova Hotel


  • Crystal Inn Hotel


  • Canival Hotel


Local Batu Pahat Food

Chinese

  • fried oyster (蠔煎 háo jiān), oysters fried with a special flour-and-egg mixture. Also known in Hokkien as oh/ah luak/luah.








  • ngo hiang,五香 a food composed of combining various vegetables, seafood and/or meats and commonly served in other dishes such as Rojak or added as a side dish to a Cze Cha meal


  • pork meat Satey


  • Char kway teow (炒粿条 chǎo guǒ tiáo), thick, flat rice flour (kuay teow) noodles stir-fried in dark soy sauce with prawns, eggs, beansprouts, fish cake, cockles, green leafy vegetables, Chinese sausage and some lard. Batu Pahat taste of Char kway teow is quite different with Penang taste of Char kway teow.










  • Chai tow kway, or Carrot Cake (菜头粿 cài tóu guǒ), diced and stir-fried radish with an egg mixture.




  • Char siew rice (叉烧饭 chā shāo fàn) dish of rice served with barbecued pork in a thick sauce.


  • Chee cheong fun (猪肠粉 zhū cháng fěn) – a thick, flat sheet of steamed-rice flour which is made into rolls, sometimes with a pork, chicken or vegetable filling. It is served with a sweet soy bean sauce.




  • Chwee kway or zhui kueh (水粿 shuǐ guǒ), steamed rice cake topped with preserved radish; usually eaten for breakfast.


  • Claypot chicken rice (砂煲鸡饭 shā bāo jī fàn), rice cooked with soy sauce in a claypot, then topped with braised chicken and Chinese sausage.


  • Duck rice (鸭饭 yā fàn), braised duck with rice cooked with yam and shrimps (卤鸭饭 lǔ yā fàn) or it can simply be served with plain white rice, served with a thick dark sauce. Side dishes of braised hard-boiled eggs, preserved salted vegetables, or hard beancurd (tau kua) may be added. Teochew Boneless Duck rice, the same dish but refined since decades ago. Due to the slightly tougher texture of duck, the duck is artfully deboned and sliced thinly for the convenience and ease of the diner, allowing the sauces to seep into the meat, making it a more pleasant experience on the whole. Hainanese chicken rice and other similar dishes have followed this style due to the popularity.


  • Fish head bee hoon (鱼头米粉 yú tóu mǐ fěn), a kind of noodle soup in which the main ingredients are rice vermicelli and fried fish head (separated into chunks). This dish is notable for the creamy, rich soup, which is typically made using a mixture of fish stock and milk – the latter being an uncommon ingredient in Chinese cuisine. A variant using ordinary fish meat also exists.


  • Fried rice (炒饭 chǎo fàn) or in Hokkien char png.


  • Hainanese chicken rice (海南鸡饭 hǎi nán jī fàn), steamed chicken served with rice cooked in chicken stock.Normally eaten with chili sauce, dark soy sauce, and ginger paste.


  • Hae mee (虾面 xiā miàn), yellow egg noodles in a rich broth made from prawn and pork rib stock, topped with whole or sliced fresh boiled prawns.






  • Hum chim peng (咸煎饼 xián jiān bǐng), a Chinese bun-like pastry sometimes filled with bean paste.


  • Kaya toast, a traditional breakfast dish. Kaya is a sweet coconut and egg jam, and this is spread over toasted bread. Combined with a cup of local coffee and a half-boiled egg, this makes a typical Singaporean and Malaysian breakfast and high tea. Mostly available in Batu Pahat's Kopi Tiam.


  • Kuay chap (粿汁 guǒ zhī), Teochew dish of flat, broad rice sheets in a soup made with dark soy sauce, served with pig offal, braised duck meat, various kinds of beancurd, preserved salted vegetables, and braised hard-boiled eggs.


  • Penang Lor mee (槟城卤面 lǔ miàn), a Hokkien noodle dish served in a viscous, dark soy sauce-based broth with meat roll slices, fishcake and beansprouts.


  • Mee suan (面线 miàn xiàn), not a dish but a type of thin, wheat vermicelli. Usually found in fishball noodles, or served with pork meat or kidney or chicken meat.


  • Pau (baozi), steamed bun with wide assortment of fillings such as char siew, minced pork, red bean paste, lotus paste or vegetables


  • Pig's organ soup (猪杂汤 zhū zá tāng; literally "pig spare parts" soup), a soup-based variant of kway chap.


  • Popiah (薄饼 báo bǐng), Hokkien/Chaozhou-style spring roll or rolled crepe, stuffed with stewed turnip, Chinese sausage, shrimps and lettuce.


  • Chinese Rojak, a vegetable salad with a topping of dark prawn paste. It is different from Indian rojak.


  • Soon kway (笋粿 sǔn guǒ), a white vegetable dumpling with savoury sauce.






  • Yong tao foo (酿豆腐 niáng dòu fǔ), a variety of vegetables stuffed with fish and meat paste cooked in a light ikan bilis-based soup. May also be eaten "dry" with sweet bean and chili sauces.




  • Otak-otak is a fish cake grilled in a banana leaf wrapping. The town of Muar is famous for it but also available in Batu Pahat.




Night Market (Pasar Malam)

Besides, local "pasar malam" or night markets are held in residential areas with petty traders setting up stalls, selling all sorts of food and daily necessities with very cheap prices. These night markets are held every night in different places with a rotation schedule of a week.

Day Location
Sunday Taman Nira 尼拉花园
Monday Taman Bukit Pasir 白沙孚花园
Tuesday Taman Soga 苏雅花园
Wednesday Taman Bukit Perdana 龙华山庄
Thursday Jalan Omar (former Bus Stand)
Friday Taman Sri Jaya
Saturday Kampung Kenangan Dato Onn


Hospital/Medicare Centre

Pantai Specialist Hospital Batu Pahat


There are government owned and private owned hospital and medicare centres:

1. Hospital Batu Pahat (at Jalan Korma,Taman Soga)

2. Putra Specialist Hospital 布特拉专科私人医院 (at Jalan Peserai)

3. Pantai Specialist Hospital 班台专科私人医院 (at Taman Koperasi Bahagia)

4. Klinik Kesihatan Batu Pahat (at Jalan Kluang, but because of renovation, temporarily at Taman Flora Utama)

Economy

Batu Pahat has Johor's second largest manufacturing industrial city; encompassing textiles, electronics, food-processing, timber, porcelain and plastic industry. It produces 50% of the textile exported from Malaysia and there are about 300 garment and textile factories.

There are several industrial zones including Tongkang Pecah, Parit Raja and Sri Gading. Private industrial zones include Sri Sulong, Lian Aik and Buditama, ranging from to . Foreign investments include Sharp Roxy, Sony, Fujitsu , Hitachi and Mitsumi. There over 20 public listed companies, including: 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 祥龙, Magnum, SKP, SPI Plastics, BP Plastics, Cheng Yap Sdn. Bhd. and Fast Track Solutions Bhd.

Education

Educational institutions in Batu Pahat encompass primary to tertiary education. There are 101 national primary schools whose medium of instruction is Malay language and 38 Chinese primary schools.In Batu Pahat, there are 24 national secondary schools, 3 independent Chinese secondary schools and a vocational school. Among some of the secondary schools in Batu Pahat are:
High School Batu Pahat, HSBP or STBP


SMK Tinggi Batu Pahat 高级中学 (High School Batu Pahat, HSBP)

Chinese High School 华仁中学

• SMK Convent

SMK Dato Syed Esa (formerly called SMK Jalan Kolam Air)

• SMK Temenggong Ibrahim (Temenggong Ibrahim Girls' School)

• SMK Munshi Sulaiman

• SMK Dato Bentara Luar

SMK Datin Onn Jaafar [741604]

• SMK Tun Aminah

• SM Teknik

For tertiary education, there are two polytechnics, one university (Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia[741605], UTHM) and one teachers' training college.

Agriculture is another important source of income for the locals. Batu Pahat has some of the largest rubber, oil palm, coconut and cocoa plantations in Johor. Fruit produce such as watermelons, papayas, bananas, pineapples, durians and 20 varieties of vegetables are exported. There are also several fishing villages near the Straits of Malacca, providing rich sources of fisheries. Ornamental fish such as the arowana are major exports for some companies such as Xiang Leng [741606].

Transport

Batu Pahat is served by land transport, both locally and intercity. A new ferry terminal is located at Minyak Beku, servicing the Indonesia ports of Tanjung Balai, Bangkalis and Batammarker.

List of Bus Service In Bandar Penggaram

Johore Motor Bus Co Sdn Bhd,

Costal Omnibus Co Sdn Bhd,

Syarikat Mayang Sari Sdn.Bhd ,

Syarikat Pengangkutan Maju Bhd

Syarikat Tanjau Jaya Melayu Sdn. Bhd ,

Syarikat Causeway Link Sdn.Bhd ,

Syarikat Intra Desa Sdn.Bhd ,

Nature and wildlife

Batu Pahat is a sanctuary for the endangered Lesser Adjutant Stork (Leptoptilos javanicus). Known locally as burung botak or bald bird, this migratory bird belongs to the ciconidae family. The current population in Peninsular Malaysia is estimated to be less than 250. These giant birds, which can be as tall as a man, have attracted many curious residents and nature lovers to Taman Parit Labis in the evenings for bird-watching sessions. The housing estate, which is sandwiched between a rapidly developing town and the fringe of a secondary forest, has now become the best viewing spot for the bird.

Religious activities

A unique Chinese temple located at Bukit Pasir - "Jian Nan Temple". There are two majestic mosques in Batu Pahat - Masjid Jamek and Masjid Batu Pahat. Batu Pahat also has over 40 Chinese temples, a reflection of its racial harmony. Very often, we can see busloads of Singapore tourists visiting these temples and this has become part of the income for the locals. There is a strong belief that good luck is bestowed on the prayers and they do come back very often. Some of these temples are beautifully renovated and thus have also become a tourist attraction.

Notable people from Batu Pahat

Dato Onn Ja'afar - the founder of UMNO in 1946 once resided in Sri Gading

Tun Hussein Onn - the third Prime Minister of Malaysia, son of Dato Onn Ja'afar

Dato' Seri Hishammuddin Hussein- former Minister of Education, son of Tun Hussein Onn

Chua Soi Lek - former Minister of Health, Malaysia, formerly the Deputy President of MCA

•Teng Chang Khim - current Speaker of Selangor State Legislative Assembly

Lim Kit Siang - MP of Ipoh Timur, former Opposition Leader

•Teo Nie Ching - MP of Serdang

•Tony Phua - MP of Petaling Utara

•Syed Husin Ali - Vice President of PKR

Lim Guan Eng - Chief Minister of Penang, son of Lim Kit Siang

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