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  • UTAR NEW VILLAGE COMMUNITY PROJECT

    REPORT

    NAME OF VILLAGE:

    GELANG PATAH

    JOHOR

    Project carried out by:

    Student Name Student ID. Course Year /

    Trimester

    1. Chang Ru Er 1101185 Bachelor of

    Commerce Accounting Y3/T3

    2. Teh Zhi Ying 1000663 Bachelor of

    Commerce Accounting Y3/T3

    DATE OF COMPLETION:

    NOVEMBER 2013

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    ABSTRACT

    Gelang Patah was established in the year 1914. It is located roughly 25 km from

    Johors capital city, Johor Bahru. Gelang Patah is 6 kilometres away from the exit

    to the second causeway link to Singapore. It has 3 primary schools and a

    secondary school. Currently, the government is constructing a university in the

    area. Agriculture is the main economic activity in this area. Traditionally, the

    rubber estates and pineapple orchards provide many villagers with their main

    source of income. However, the Iskandar project has brought new developments

    to Gelang Patah in recent years.

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    HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE

    Gelang Patah is located in the southwest of Johor state, roughly 25 km

    from Johor Bahru. It is 6 kilometres away from the exit to the second causeway

    link to Singapore. The village was established in 1914 by two brothers, Zheng

    Jing Lun and Zheng Jing Zhao. Most of the people in Gelang Patah speak in

    Hokkien and Chinese.

    Unfortunately, Gelang Patah is known for the plane crash in this area. It

    occurred on 4th

    December 1977 in Tanjung Kupang which is south of Gelang

    Patah. A Malaysian Airlines aircraft, flight number MH653 bound for Subang

    Airport, crashed in the area. The crash killed everybody onboard instantly. Among

    the victims were Malaysian Agricultural Minister, Dato Ali Haji Ahmad; Public

    Works Department Head, Dato Mahfuz Khalid; and Cuban Ambassador to Japan,

    Mario Garcia. The aircraft was hijacked by an unidentified hijacker, causing it to

    crash.

    A memorial site called the Tanjung Kupang Memorial serves as both a

    memorial site and also a grave for those who were killed in this tragic flight.

    A Malay novel, titled Tragedi Empat Disember, was written about this

    tragedy and it became one of the books students in the states of Malacca, Johor

    and Kelantan had to study as a fulfilment for their Malay Literature course in

    school.

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    Figure 1

    Figure 2 The maps of Gelang Patah (Figure 1, 2)

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    Figure 3

    Figure 4

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    Figure 5

    Figure 6

    Newspaper cutting from the tragedy (figure 3- 6)

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    Figure 7

    Figure 8

    Memorial of the Tg. Kupang Tragedy

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    Figure 9

    Tanjung Kupang Memorial (Image credit: azuanzahdi.com) (Figure 7- 9)

    Figure 10

    The novel Tragedi Empat Disember

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    POPULATION, HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION

    The population of Gelang Patah has decreased in the last 10 years because

    many of its young generation have left the village to pursue their career goals in

    bigger cities like Johor Bahru and Singapore.

    The settlement pattern in Gelang Patah is clustered and the area is

    accessible by road.

    Gelang Patah began to have piped water in the 1960s. Clean, piped water

    is provided by the JKR. Gelang Patah also has electricity supply, courtesy of

    Tenaga Nasional Berhad. The waste disposal of the village is handled by the local

    municipal government. As for sewage disposal, the flush system is used. The

    telecommunication for the area is mainly provided by Telekom and also other

    mobile service providers like Hotlink and Digi.

    There are clinics in the area, a police station and a fire station. Gelang

    Patah has a few temples, burial ground, mosque and surau. There are shop houses

    in Gelang Patah and also a wet market. Many people in Gelang Patah commute

    either by foot, bicycle or public buses.

    Gelang Patah is affected by the Iskandar development project because of

    its close proximity to this development area. Thanks to the Iskandar project,

    Gelang Patah has become more developed in the recent years in order to keep up

    with the more modern looking new buildings and townships the Iskandar project

    has to offer, for instance, Legoland.

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    Figure 11

    A road in Gelang Patah

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    SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICES

    The 3 main religions in Gelang Patah are Buddhism, Taoism and Islam.

    There are those who practice Christianity and other religions as well. Because of

    the ethnic composition of its population, the main languages spoken are Bahasa

    Malaysia, Mandarin, and also Tamil. For the Chinese in Gelang Patah, the most

    commonly spoken dialect is Hokkien because many early Chinese immigrants

    came from Fujian province.

    The Long An Temple has an ancient history of about 100 years. The local

    Chinese, worship the deity Da Er Ye (), and they celebrate Da Er Yes

    birthday with a festival at the local temple. There are two Chinese temples in the

    area and also a mosque and a church.

    The ruling party in the Gelang Patah is the opposition party, DAP.

    However, up to the 13th

    Malaysian general election, Gelang Patah was ruled by

    the countrys ruling party, Barisan Nasional. In the recent general elections,

    DAPs veteran Lim Kit Siang contested for the parliamentary seat of Gelang Patah

    and won by 14,762 votes.

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    Figure 12

    Long An Temple ()

    Figure 13

    Gelang Patah Holy Word Church

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    Figure 14

    Lim Kit Siang. (Image credit: news.abnxcess.com), Member of Parliament for

    Gelang Patah.

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    EDUCATION

    There are nurseries such as Gelang Patah Nursery, Smart Reader Kids, and

    also NURI Kindergarten, which enhance the level of preschool education in

    Gelang Patah. There are three primary schools in the village, Sekolah Kebangsaan

    Gelang Patah, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Ming Terk and Sekolah Jenis

    Kebangsaan Tamil Gelang Patah. SJKT Gelang Patah has about 25 students and

    12 teachers.

    Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Ming Terk was established on 5th

    April

    1932 with the enrolment of 30 students. The primary school started with 4 acres of

    land. The land was donated by Tan Sri Dato Dr. Lee Kong Chian, a prominent

    Chinese businessman and philanthropist active in Malaya and Singapore from the

    1930s to the 1960s. In the 1990s, new classrooms were built to cater for the

    schools larger enrolment. And now it has about 950 students and 50 teachers.

    Besides normal classroom, the school has 11 multi-media classrooms for students

    in standards four to six.

    EduCity is part of the Iskandar Malaysia project and it is located 1

    kilometer east of the Gelang Patah Interchange on the main Second-Link

    Expressway. Under the project, there are various universities planned for this area.

    These universities include Newcastle University from the UK (established as a

    medical University in EduCity), Raffles University Iskandar, Reading University,

    and a Dutch Maritime University. This development will bring many new

    opportunities to the residents of Gelang Patah.

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    Figure 12

    Sekolah Kebangsaan Cina Ming Terk

    Figure 13

    Canteen in SJKC Ming Terk

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    Figure 14

    The new block of the SJKC Ming Terk

    Figure 15

    Left: Our group member, the interviewer

    Right: Mr. Sham Wai Yin, the school chairman of SJKC Ming Terk and also the

    interviewee

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    Figure 16

    Sekolah Kebangsaan Gelang Patah

    Figure 17

    The Universities under constructions as part of the EduCity Project, Iskandar

    Malaysia.

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    ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

    There are two main economic activities for the people in Gelang Patah:

    agriculture and industry.

    However, most of the agricultural land has been developed. The nearby

    forest has also been cleared for development. In developing the Iskandar Malaysia

    project, Gelang Patah is set to become a free trade zone link with Nusajaya, the

    area where new education institutions will be established.

    Figure 18

    The map of project Iskandar Malaysia

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    Figure 19

    Figure 20

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    Figure 21

    Figure 22

    Shoplots in Gelang Patah (Figure 22- 25)

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    ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    The Iskandar Malaysia project focuses on 5 main areas in Johor, one of

    which is Gelang Patah. Gelang Patahs development will focus on the port and

    marine services, warehousing, logistics, engineering, hi-tech manufacturing, food

    production, petrochemical industry and entreport trade. The Iskandar Malaysia

    Project has brought many opportunities for international investors and this has

    boosted the property value in Gelang Patah and those areas close to it such as

    Nusajaya. The Iskandar Malaysia Project is scheduled for completion in 2025.

    In terms of land bank availability, about 700 acres in the Free Trade Zone

    in the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) are still available for development in various

    sectors including warehousing and international procurement. The proposed

    2,215 acres of the Maritime Centre at Tanjung Bin also offer investment

    opportunities to players in oil and gas industry.

    Figure 23

    News cutting

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    TOURISM VALUE

    Gelang Patah is situated near the Iskandar Malaysia (formerly known as

    Iskandar Development Region), the main southern development corridor in Johor.

    This project was established in mid 2006 and administered by the Iskandar

    Regional Development Authority. Legoland, an international theme park has

    recently opened in the area thanks to the Iskandar development project. There are

    only six Legolands in the world and the only one in Asia is located in Nusajaya,

    which is only a ten-minute drive from Gelang Patah. The other five Legoland

    parks are located in the West, one in Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark

    while the other two are in America.

    Another tourist attraction at Gelang Patah is the well-known local seafood

    restaurants. The seafood is awesome in Gelang Patah and is highly recommended

    by bloggers and tourists. The fresh and reasonably priced seafood attracts many

    tourists, especially those from Singapore, many restaurants enjoy brisk business,

    especially on weekends.

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    Figure 24

    Figure 25

    Legoland Malaysia (Image credit: instagram.com/Audrey Lim) (figure 24 & 25)

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    Figure 26

    Figure 27

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    Figure 28

    Seafood Restaurants in Gelang Patah (Figure 26-28)

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    PROBLEMS

    There is no hospital in Gelang Patah. The village has a clinic but thats

    about it. If the people there need to be admitted to the hospital, they would have to

    travel a distance to get to the hospital in the nearest city which is Johor Bahru.

    Gelang Patah is about 30 minutes away from the capital city. That is quite an

    inconvenience and in emergency cases, being able to get the patient to the hospital

    in a short time would mean all the difference between life and death.

    The crime rate in the village is relatively moderate. There are the usual

    cases of break-ins and a few cases of snatch theft. In April 2012, six teenagers

    were arrested by the police after they were found to be involved in motorcycle

    thefts in Gelang Patah. Among the six was a school dropout. The police, however,

    were able to apprehend the six thanks to information given by the public. They

    were also believed to have stolen 42 motorcycles in Nusajaya and areas

    surrounding it.

    Any previous problems regarding public transport would soon be solved as

    a bus terminal, GP Sentral is nearing completion in Gelang Patah. This terminal

    will cater to the Johor-Singapore market as it will take passengers from Johor to

    various drop-off points in Singapore. The completion of this bus terminal will

    help people taking day-trips into Singapore for their work.

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    RECOMMENDATIONS

    New investments and businesses are needed to boost the local economy.

    The village now consist of mostly the middle aged, the elderly and the young

    children. Most of the graduates choose to work in bigger cities like Johor Bahru

    because of the better working opportunities. They are likely to stay back, if there

    are equally good offers in Gelang Patah.

    We would also recommend that new shopping and entertainment facilities

    be built here. Since a university is under construction and will be opening soon,

    students will need a place to hang out during their free time and it will also give

    the locals a place to go. A shopping complex, for example, could address this.

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    DISCLAIMER:

    Information contained in this report was compiled by the Universitys students on voluntary basis.

    Although every effort has been made to check the accuracy of the report, the University accepts no

    responsibility whatsoever for any errors or omissions, if any, the University reserves the right to

    make changes on the information at any time without prior notice.

    Should there be any queries regarding contents of the report, please contact:

    Department of Soft Skills Competency

    Tel: 03-79582628 ext 8274, 8656, 8269 (Klang Valley Campus)

    05- 4688888 ext 2295/2297/2299/2300 (Perak Campus)