P59 Bkt Gantang – scenes & tales from Port Weld

The only "sign" of history left

The only "sign" of history left


  • Port Weld was renamed Kuala Sepetang during Sultan Idris rule. (anyone know the date?)
  • The first ever rail way in Malaysia was built from Port Weld to Taiping.
  • It is, AND should be honoured, as one of Malaysia’s heritage sites.

This predominantly chinese area has some of the friendliest but independent minded people you will ever meet.

300309-port-weld-scenes-5_sIt remains a vibrant fishery town with some of the most deliscious Tau Fu Fa, Mee Udang, Mee Kari & Pau you can find.

Some of the issues they face today after years of BN rule (PKR only took over the state seat in 2008):

  • Approx. 200  fishermen have not gotten their fishing license for years… apparently only NOW (this week) has BN, led by Ong Tee Kiat promise that they will get theirs SOON!
  • The local masjid, the only one here, is seeing renovation & road tarring for the FIRST time in 50 years… again, this week.
  • Many live in houses on TOL land, which have NOT been renewed for more than 15 years… The Pakatan Rakyat state government was gonna arrange freeholdtitles for them.
  • The Pakatan Rakyat government was also in the midst of consulting with the residents on some land adjustments to accomodate new housing & infrastructure  for them.
  • The neglect of Port Weld as a historical town is suspicious…. as rumours of a major development company, backed by BN, is eyeing much of the land for their own development (maybe THEN will Port Weld get it’s deserved status, but NOT benefitting the locals… maybe)
  • The locals have been depending on boats to cross the river to a part known only as “Kuay Kang” in Hokkien (Cross River)… they have been waiting for a bridge… which Pakatan Rakyat has planned for… now hijacked by BN as part of their election promise… as per other election promises.
  • Sathival, a local chap, told us about some locals living in extreme poverty & offered to take us to visit them… we ran out of time as Sathival had to attend to something…. shall follow-up!
a stolen promise?

a stolen promise?

Port Weld will always be Port Weld to most…. lets hope the locals get what they deserve… & soon… not just empty election promises.

Haris & Zorro had an inspired posting each too!

more pix of  scenes from Port Weld within….


4 Responses to “P59 Bkt Gantang – scenes & tales from Port Weld”

  1. March 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    You are right, Bro!

    Pakatan Rakyat took over the state government and in less than a year, they gave land back to the deserving people of the state.

    Najib tried to stop this by stating that the state government have no jurisdiction and further confirming it by launching a coup d’etat against the PR state government.

    PR gave these folks Hope and now BN wants them to beg for it.

    For Heaven’s sake, most of these folks have been toiling on this land for generations and some even longer than the existence of Umno. If they don’t deserve it, who else does?

    Fuck their cry about land going to the Chinese or Indian! Malaysia is Big enough for everyone!

    Surely something is wrong somewhere with BN led government.

    Lets drive them into oblivion!!

    VOTE PR For A Better Malaysia!
    Help Us Help You To Put A Stop To The Destructive Force Of Be-End!!

  2. 2 TQBANG
    April 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm


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