Johor is a state with strong presence of Chinese who have toiled the soils and grown the economy for centuries with the grace from the Malay rulers.
Kelapa Sawit new village is also located in the kulai district of Johor. Kelapa Sawit means oil palm in Malay. A mainly Hakka community was formed in the 1950s when the British moved many of the ethnic Chinese people into new villages like this during the Malayan Emergency. Many of the current generations still keep up with tradition and communicate using the Hakka dialect. One can find many hakka delicacies in this village.
Kulai is still one of the main producers of palm oil in the country. It is also known for its murals along the alleys. It started during a campaign when Kelapa Sawit Javert held “Let’s Art At Sawit” as a preparation for the National Day celebration in Johor. In aim to hone the talent of the people in the local communities and to welcome the celebration in Johor, painters were invited to paint the mural art. This intrigued curiosity amongst the local villagers. Under the supervision and guidance of the painters, the villagers volunteered to paint as many as 30 murals with the theme “Hakka Culture”, which become the inspiration for the villagers.
Kluang district is located in the middle of the state of Johor. The name Kluang derives from the Malay word ‘keluang’ which means a type of flying fox or rather a type of fruit bat, used to be plentiful in the district decades ago. Seemingly laid back and sleepy in the memory of many, Kluang- founded in 1915 by the British- is actually a Johor district very strong in agriculture, industry and commerce. A railway line was built passing through Kluang linking north to south Malaya as a form of transportation for labor and tropical produces. Kluang is divided into two district councils namely Simpang Renggam District Council and Kluang Municipal Council. In the early days of Kluang, it was an entirely agricultural economy known for Gambier, pepper, rubber and oil palms.
Kluang has developed a diversified agricultural and organic farm sector. One of the main attractions in Kluang is the Zenxin Organic Farm – Malaysia’s first and largest. The park offers visitors valuable insights into the techniques and virtues of organic farming, combining education and recreational fun in the process.
Kluang Rail Coffee located at the railway station which has been operating since 1938, is one of the most popular eateries in town. It still serves the classic wrapped nasi lemak and mee siam and hot coffee.
If you’re looking for a short escape from the city, come to Kluang with us to explore the town and village and visit the farm. In these tours, we venture to examine the early history of Kulai, one of Johor’s busiest city, with the story telling by Hakka descendants and also to enjoy the fine balance of tradition and urban in Kluang town.
Take a look at our tours offer to Kluang here. You could enjoy a weekend from just $88.
Book your own dates or join us on tour on:
– 4 June
– 10 June
– 1 July
Book your own dates or join our tour on:
– 10 June
– 15 July