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Deicated to all the townies at home.

 

 

From a tin town to a thriving territory, Rawang  is now a far cry from the sleepy hollow it used to be 20 years ago. Tin mining may have been how this town got started but hardly anyone here has anything to do with tin mining anymore apart, perhaps, from having ancestors working in this sector.

  The former mining lands are now quarries which provide rocks and other products  for the housing industry which, by the way, is growing rapidly in Rawang.

            

                        Rawang Town Map (Click to view)

 Connected to Kuala Lumpur and the rest of the Klang Valley by the North South Express Way (main cord), Rawang's emerging townships are becoming popular as the homes here are more affordable than in other parts of the valley. Among the town ships which have emerged in the area are Bandar Country Homes, Bandar Tasik Putri and Bandar Baru Bukit Beruntung. The first two townships are located on the Rawang-Batang Berjuntai trunk road and the Rawang Toll Plaza is only about 4 Km from there. There is also an exit in Bandar Baru Bukit Beruntung. However due to the increasing number of urbanites, the roads here are no longer "traffic jam proof "

 Meanwhile, a visitor to Rawang cannot help but notice the intimidating presence of the Lafarge Associate Pan Malaysia Cement (APMC) factory. The factory has long provided employment for many of the town's inhabitants before other industries cropped up. It is located in Rawang Tin,....the part of which used to house the biggest tin dredges in Gombak and Ulu Selangor districts. 

Top left :~ an evening view of an old abandon mining pool in Rawang.                            Top Right :~ Banana plantation

                                                         Photos taken by :~ Mugunthan Raju

  Rawang is also on the map for being the last stop in the north for the KTM Komuter service which links the town to KL and then Seremban to the south and Port Klang to the east. Many of the townies including school children depend on the train service to take them to work or school in the city.

Talking about food.......Chinese and Indian restaurants are very much popular in Rawang. Family run restaurant such as "Nesan Curry House", and "Peng Nam"  are few of them. The dishes here have become the talk of the town so much so that customers queue for their turn to be seated. It is learnt that some of the Chinese restaurants here has been in operation for more than 50 years and business is in its third generation.

 Rawang In History

The Second Attempt to capture Kuala Lumpur                                   May-June 1871 
The Battle of Rawang

After being defeated in the battle at Ampang, Syed Mashhor took refuge in Ulu Selangor and began at once to devise a new plan to take revenge. Within a short period of time he succeeded in gathering a new force of about 1,000 armed men. Many of the latter troops came from Langat, but at Mashhors’s suggestion the forces were assembled in Ulu Selangor. At the same time, Yap Ah Loy had instituted additional protective measures more thorough than those in operation in September of the previous year. The different approaches to Kuala Lumpur were guarded, and advance positions were maintained some distance from the town.

Kapitan Yap’s troops were reorganized into five companies, each with a headman or captain, and all under the direct command of Chung Piang. As we have seen, Capitan Yap fought the Battle of Ampang from Kuala Lumpur. It was established that although he continued to direct the general strategy, Chung Piang was in charge of the troops in the field and was responsible for any immediate measures needed to be taken.

The northern gateway to Kuala Lumpur was defended by a camp of about 500 men under Yap Voon Lung and the camp was situated near Rawang. Mashhor and Chong Chong advanced towards Kuala Lumpur independently. When Mashhor was within a mile from the Rawang camp, he established contact with a small unit of Yap Voon Lung’s men, and thereupon halted for the night. On learning that an army much larger than his own was marching towards him, Yap Voon Lung immediately sent word to Kuala Lumpur asking for reinforcements. The next day Mashhor launched a fierce attack against his position. Yap Voon Lung managed to hold on to his position for some time. In the midst of fighting, Chong Chong’s forces appeared on the battleground. With the additional numbers against him, Yap Voon Lung was forced to retreat to a second position further to his rear. In this second stockade, he was able to hold off the enemy until nightfall. By this time, he had lost over 40 men with another 40 seriously wounded.

Immediately after Yap Voon Lung’s message was received in Kuala Lumpur, arrangements were made to go to his aid. Hiu Fatt set out for Rawang with 500 men at dawn, but due to the bad road conditions, he only managed to reached Rawang at about 7 p.m. (even though the distance was only 20 miles from Kuala Lumpur). Without delay, the leaders held a council of war, and agreed on the following plan of action:

  • *Yap Voon Lung was to draw the enemy out by a ruse and lead  

  •   them    towards Hiu Fatt's camp.

  • *Chong Fung with 200 men was to ambush about half way 

  •   between the two camps.

  • *Hiu Fatt and Tung Khoon were to tackle Chong Chong.

The plan of action was put into operation the following morning. Yap Voon Lung advanced to attack Mashhor’s forces, and after a short struggle, he feigned defeat and retreated rapidly. The Malays thought Yap Voon Lung’s army was in trouble and gave chase. Suddenly Chong Fung’s men emerged from their hiding place and caught them in the rear. At the same time Yap Voon Lung’s force turned back and began to attack, thus trapping Mashhor’s men between two fires. In the meantime, Hiu Fatt and Tung Khoon were keeping Chong Chong pinned down in his camp. Mashhor managed to reach his base safely, but he had suffered severe losses.

Mashhor was so depressed at his second defeat at the hands of the Chinese that he tried to commit suicide. But Chong Chong prevented him from doing so. After a short while he recovered and went to Ulu Selangor to obtain further help from his brother Che Dollah. Chong Chong was charged with the command of the remaining forces in Rawang "with instructions on no account to court engagement with the enemy until his return." In spite of numerous attempts by Yap Voon Lung to lure Chong Chong out for a fight, Chong Chong refused to be drawn out.

News of the victory was sent to Kuala Lumpur. Kapitan Yap replied with presents of food and drink for his troops. He also sent Chung Piang with reinforcements, with the intention of destroying Chong Chong’s army before Mashhor could gain any ground and come back to help. As soon as Chung Piang had taken over command of the troops at Rawang, he issued the following orders,

  • *Yap Voon Lung with 200 men and sufficient provisions will 
  •   proceed to Serendah in order to cut off the retreat of Chong 
  •   Chong
  • *Tung Khoon and Chong Fung with 200 men will attack on the  
  •   right flank.
  • *Hiu Fatt and Yong Kui with 200 men will attack on the left.
  • *While Chung Piang himself with the remaining troops (about 300 
  •   men) will do a frontal assault.

When Chong Chong learnt of their intention to take his camp by direct assault, he redoubled efforts to strengthen his defenses, in the hopes of holding out until Mashhor's return. Chung Piang launched his attack as soon as his arrangements were completed.

"After many days of fighting, no impression, however, was made on the defense. Meanwhile, through a scout, Chung Piang learned that the enemy’s weakest point was his left wing, which was feebly defended by raw Malay recruits. He therefore modified his plan of attack and one day (after) fighting had continued till 10 o’clock in the morning, he suddenly concentrated his thrust in that quarter with an additional 200 gunmen. After a short contest it gave way and, within a short time, the whole of Chong Chong’s camp was over-run by Chung Piang’s braves with frightful loss to the enemy. The casualties on Chung Piang’s side were mustered at 70 killed and over 100 wounded."

In the chaos, Chong Chong and about 90 of his men managed to escape to Serendah. There his party was intercepted by Yap Voon Lung’s men and in a short period of time his troops were completely routed. However, Yap Voon Lung failed to capture Chong Chong. Some of Chong Chong’s men reached Ulu Selangor and reported the disaster to Mashhor. From this point onwards, Chong Chong disappeared without any trace. It is thought that he was killed in Serendah but Yap Voon Lung’s men did not manage to identify his body.

Syed Mashhor was said to have returned to Ulu Selangor to raise his third army. He certainly came back and began another, and this time ultimately successful, attack on Kuala Lumpur.

                                    Recreation

   Templer Park- Templer Park consists of 500 hectares of forest, rich in Malaysian flora and fauna. A waterfall, a natural swimming pool and scenic picnic spots are the main attractions.

 

Top:~Pinnacles at Anak Takun

The only place where you will find Pinnacles in Peninsula Malaysia. This hill is located on the way to Rawang Town and you can notice it when you reach the Templers Golf Resort. The hill is just next to the resort and the name of the hill is Anak Takun. To see the Pinnacles one has to climb a vertical wall and trek on top of a limestone hill.

                                                       Photo taken by Michael Manivannan

    

                                    Studies

Schooling

S R K ( Tamil ) Rawang

S K Sinaran Budi

S R K Rawang

S R K(Cina) San Yuk

S R K Sungai Choh

S M K Serigaring

S M K Sungai Choh

S M K Batu 16

 Colleges

College Aman

College Maxi Segar

Photo Gallery        (click to enlarge)

       

  Top left: Rainbow Street.      Top right: The so called "LafargeMahal"                                 

                    Bottom: Quarry + X mining pool        

                   

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