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.
According to legend, the British colonial government had cleared over 10,000 acres of forest around Sedenak new village and invested in rubber plantation as early as in 1917, attracting many workers from outside the village.
Air Bemban and Bukit Batu are two Chinese new villages located along the Federal Highway. Before the opening of North-South Expressway, the old Federal Highway was the most important trunk road straddling the length of Peninsular Malaysia on the west coast., and the two Chinese new villages were busy pit stops for many lorry drivers.