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Broga is a small town that sits on the border of Selangor and Negri Sembilan in Malaysia. It is situated 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Kuala Lumpur and approximately 33 kilometres (21 mi) from Seremban, the capital of Negri Sembilan.
History and etymology
Broga takes its name from the River Broga which runs through the area. The name Broga is believed to be derived from Buragas, a mythical beast that lives in the forest.
Broga is unique in that it sits right on the border of both the states of Negri Sembilan and Selangor. On the Selangor side, Broga falls within the mukim (sub-district) of Semenyih in the Hulu Langat district. On the Negri Sembilan side, it falls within the mukim of Lenggeng which is part of the district of Seremban. The Government Health Clinic and the town football field is located on the Selangor side of the border and the police station is located on the Negri Sembilan side.
The Chinese are generally Buddhists or Taoists. The Orang Asli are aborigines. There is a Taoist temple in Broga town. This temple is set on a picturesque hillside often frequented by hikers to Broga Hill and has unique statues of the Chinese zodiacal animals.
Broga Hill is frequented by casual hikers. It is approximately 400m in altitude and is easily climbed by most people. The hilltop is unique as it is rather devoid of trees, which is an uncommon sight amongst tropical rainforest. Remnants of burnt out tree trunks indicate that the area may have been ravaged by a forest fire and the trees did not regrow. It offers a good view of the surrounding area and has become a popular picnic and photography spot.
Broga is an agricultural town and rubber is its main crop. Despite the shift from rubber to palm oil in many parts of Negri Sembilan and Selangor, rubber has remained as the most popular crop in Broga.
Prior to 2002, there were regular bus services to Broga from Seremban operated by the Foh Hup Omnibus Company. It was a non-profitable route for the company but was operated out of social commitment. Now local buses ferry residents from the nearby Semenyih Sentral.
A 1.5 billion ringgit incinerator was proposed to be built in an area between Semenyih and Broga by the Malaysian federal government in 2001. At the time it would be Asia's largest incinerator and its main purpose was to reduce Kuala Lumpur's dependence on landfills as a means of waste management. In early 2005, a temporary injunction was issued, stopping work on the project, in response to a 2003 lawsuit by residents of the two towns. The project has since been terminated by court decision however the Federal Government stated that the project was aborted because it was too expensive.
A public Chinese Type Primary School is available for the children of Broga. However, for secondary education students would have to attend the Datuk Kelana Public Secondary School in Lenggeng. The Nottingham University branch campus is located on the Selangor side of the town.
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