Kampung Batu 19 or Paya Redan is a small village located 1km from Pagoh. Despite being known as a Hainanese village, most of its villagers today are Hokkiens, as many Hainanese villagers have moved out while many Hokkiens have moved into the village.
Pagoh gained fame when the government decided to build four university campuses in Pagoh Education Hub two years ago. However, the Education Hub is located 7km from Pagoh but only 2km from Panchor and 3km from Pagoh Jaya, and thus, it is still under observation whether the Education Hub can bring development to Pagoh.
Although the massive floods were painful experiences, they have at the same time taught villagers a lesson and they now know how to take preventive measures and observe signs of floods. For instance, the habitable floor levels of many buildings in Kundang Ulu have been raised to prevent floods.
Grisek used to be a new village adopting the Kangchu System. It is understood that Grisek has more than 150 years of history. According to veteran villagers, there was a "big house" similar to the siheyuan or Chinese quadrangles in China. It was managed by the Kangchu.
You might have heard about longhouse culture in Sarawak. But a longhouse could already be seen in a small village in Segamat, Johor as early as in the 1950s, and everyone lived together like a big family.
Before the emergency decree, in addition to tapping rubber, Batu Anam villagers also planted paddy, grew vegetables and tobacco, as well as raised pigs. Rubber tappers here were mainly Chinese and Indians.