Sungai Bakap was part of a vast sugar plantation that has now been largely replaced with palm oil. It is still a rural community at the edge of urban development. Like Valdor, it was developed by sugar pioneer Khaw Loh Hup and his son-in-law, Kee Lai Huat, who became a 19th sugar baron.
The grand Chinese-style courtyard mansion of Kee Lai Huat, known as Kee Poh Huat Kongsi, is still standing in the heart of Sungai Bakap town centre.
Getting there Exit1: the North-South Expressway at Exit 156 (Jawi Interchange) and drive north along Federal Route 1 to reach Sungai Bakap. Exit2: The North-South Expressway at Exit 155 (Simpang Empat interchange) and drive south past Valdor and into Sungai Bakap.
Sungai Bakap has one general hospital known as Hospital Sungai Bakap (a district hospital). One of the well known pharmacists in this hospital is Tan Keat Hin. His group was involved in the Northern Region Innovation Convention Competition (In Malay: Pertandingan Konvensyen Inovasi Zon Utara) for the year 2011 and he represented his group for the Quality Assurance Poster Presentation in this convention. He has led his group to be the winner of the Northern Region Innovation Convention Competition in the year 2011.
Places of Interest
- Kee Poh Huat Kongsi which is home of a wealthy early 20th century planter in Sungai Bakap.
- Sungai Bakap Old Mosque which is an old mosque located just outside Sungai Bakap town.
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