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.
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.