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Saturday, 10 July 2010 14:00

Johor Baru and on the way to Kuala Lumpur

Long time residents of JB have one characteristic I find strange: they think nothing of driving to KL and back in one day, but to drive over to Gelang Patah, a mere 25 minute drive, is “so far away!”.


True JB folk have become very happy with the conveniences so close by, whether post office or familiar supermarket, restaurant or shopping centre. For them to budge out of the main town area to more space in a suburb close by is almost unthinkable. Also, the Second Link makes no sense for them to take, as the original Causeway is right there, and a lot cheaper to use.

Johor is divided into eight districts: Johor Baru – the capital and largest city, Kluang, Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Muar, Batu Pahat, Pontian and Segamat.

On the way to KL: Let me know and if enough people request it I’ll explore Yong Peng, Batu Pahat and other places in the state. Meanwhile, the popular place people from Singapore seem to congregate is the ancient city of Muar, still going strong and ever renewing itself.


Malay people from Muar are proud of their rich history and the part played in Malaysia’s history by their city and its surrounds– sometimes bloody and violent. It is older than Malacca’s founding, being already an outpost of the Majapahit Empire in 1361.

Much more is available on the internet, and you might do well to begin at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muar_town


Last Updated on Friday, 03 September 2010 06:57