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.
About 60%, or 8,000 people, of Bukit Bakri Barat's population are Chinese. Its fist village head Du Pi Zhou, who is still in the office today, said that following the progress of the times, the housing industry booms, particularly in Aik Hwa Choon.
The island is free of smoke emitting vehicles and residents only walk, or ride bicycle or electronic bicycle. Therefore, there is no sound of honking and no problem of traffic jam. They sleep without locking their doors and they have no worry of becoming the target of criminals.