Friday, June 25, 2010

About Kluang

Thanks, Wikipedia.

Kluang is a town and district located in the middle of the state of Johor in Malaysia.

Kluang lies about 110 km north of Johor Baru, east of Batu Pahat, west of Mersing and south of Segamat.

Its name is derived from the Malay word 'keluang' which is a flying fox (fruit bat).

The Mengkibol River runs through Kluang Town.

The district of Kluang is now run by two municipal councils namely Kluang Municipal Council that is centred in Kluang Town and Simpang Renggam Municipal Council that is centred in Simpang Renggam Town.

Kluang Town is the district capital.

During World War 2, Kluang was used by the Japanese as a base to attack Singapore and Sumatra.

From 1963-1973, the British used it as a base for its aircraft workshops.

Kluang has 2 famous mountains namely Gunung Lambak and the higher Gunung Belumut.

The Mengkibol River runs through the town.

Kluang is landlocked and has no seafront.

Kluang is served by a railway and roads linking it to all neighbouring districts.

It has a railway station as well as a bus station.

Kluang was a rubber-planting district, but rubber was replaced by oil palm in the last four decades.

It is also a major light industrial district in Johor.

Kluang High School is one of the best known schools in Kluang, and the Chong Hwa High School is the second biggest Chinese secondary school in Malaysia.

Kluang's two major shopping centres are Kluang Mall and Kluang Parade.

Kluang's Railway Station is famous for its Chinese coffee shop called Kluang Rail Coffee.

Kluang Rail Cafe is now a major franchise with branches around Malaysia.

The Kluang suburb of Machap is famous for its pottery.

Famous Malaysians who were born in or hail from Kluang include former Ministers Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu (who is actually from Batu Caves in Selayang, Selangor) and Datuk Seri Azalina Othman, her musician uncle Datuk Shake (Datuk Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad), former KL Mayor Tan Sri Mohmad Shaid Taufek, and singers/musicians Zainal Abidin, Arab, Aub, Noraniza Idris and Haziq Rosebi.