Bentong District

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Bentong District
Malaysia District of Malaysia
Daerah Bentong
Other transcription(s)
 • Jawi ﺑﻨﺘﻮڠ
 • Chinese 文冬县
 • Tamil பெந்தோங்
Location of Bentong District in Pahang
Location of Bentong District in Pahang
Bentong District is located in Malaysia
Bentong District
Bentong District
Location of Bentong District in Malaysia
Coordinates: 3°25′N 101°55′E / 3.417°N 101.917°E / 3.417; 101.917Coordinates: 3°25′N 101°55′E / 3.417°N 101.917°E / 3.417; 101.917
Country  Malaysia
State  Pahang
Seat Bentong
Local area government(s) Bentong Municipal Council
Government
 • District officer Azhar Arshad[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 1,831.12 km2 (707.00 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 113,011
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+8 (Not observed)
Postcode 28xxx, 69xxx (Genting Highlands)
Calling code +6-09, +6-03-6 (Genting Highlands)
Vehicle registration plates C
Genting Highlands located at Bentong District.

Bentong District is a district located in western Pahang, Malaysia. Bentong covers an area of 1,831 km² and includes the hill resort of Genting Highlands and Bukit Tinggi. It is located 80 km northeast of Kuala Lumpur, just across the main range, Titiwangsa Mountains. The original main street going into Bentong town has been modified to a dual carriageway. It is bordered by Selangor on the west and Negeri Sembilan on the south.

History[edit]

In the beginning, Bentong subdistrict was under the administration of district of Raub District. The administration was separated in 1919 due to the large size of the district. The district covers an area of 183,112.35 hectares. It is located northeast of Kuala Lumpur, just across the main mountain range, Titiwangsa Mountains. The original main street going into Bentong town has been modified to a dual carriageway. However, the part of the road which leads to Raub and Kuala Lipis had been upgraded.

Bentong is administered by Bentong Municipal Council and is one of the fastest growing towns in Pahang. It is similar in size to Raub. Bentong has many light and medium industries, including timber factories, food industries and electronic components assembly factory. It also has one multinational copper wire factory which is the biggest in the country.

Administration[edit]

Bentong District is divided into 3 mukims which are:[4][2]

  • Bentong (68,904 Ha) (Capital)
  • Sabai (57,157 Ha)
  • Pelangai (57,058 Ha)

Other than modern housing area, there are 55 traditional villages, 8 FELDA villages, 15 newer villages, and 14 native villages.

Demographics[edit]

The following is based on Department of Statistics Malaysia 2010 census.[3]

Ethnic groups in Bentong District, 2010 census
Ethnicity Population Percentage
Bumiputera 64,687 57.2%
Chinese 37,798 33.4%
Indian 10,153 9.0%
Others 373 0.3%
Total 113,011 100%

Infrastructure[edit]

About 98% of Bentong district's water supply come from PAIP (Pengurusan Air Pahang Berhad / Pahang Water Management), in which daily water production for Bentong district totalled 4.5 litres per gallon per day while the local residents use an estimated 8.7 thousand gallons per day. Most places in the district have access to electricity, having 4 main electricity transformers with combined capacities up to 90 megavolt-amperes. TM (Telekom Malaysia) provides Bentong district residents with 6,207 units of household telephones, 1,092 units of business premises telephones and 125 unit of public phones.

Transport[edit]

In general, Bentong district's paved roads totalled 837.26 km, comprising 311.22 km of federal roads, 224.51 km of state roads, 124.05 km of urban roads, and 177.48 km of FELDA roads.

Three major routes – 8, E8 and 68 converge at Bentong. Bentong is the eastern end of the old Gombak–Bentong road (route Jkr-ft68.png). Highway Jkr-ft8.png begins in Bentong and goes up all the way to Kota Bharu in Kelantan. The Karak Highway, part of the East Coast Expressway E8 is the main link to Kuala Lumpur as well as the state capital Kuantan.

Motorists from Negeri Sembilan and Malacca that wish to enter Pahang while bypassing the Klang Valley will usually opt for highway Jkr-ft9.png which interchanges with the East Coast Expressway in Karak in the eastern part of Bentong constituency.

In terms of public transportation, Bentong is not served by the KTM rail network. There though are buses serving downtown Bentong (through Hentian Raya Bentong) as well as Genting Highlands (which is part of Bentong constituency).

Shopping Malls[edit]

Downtown Bentong[edit]

  • TF Value-Mart Supermarket
  • Bentong Vega Mall (The Store)

Genting Highlands[edit]

Education[edit]

There are 49 primary schools, which include national schools, Chinese-medium schools and Indian-medium schools, in Bentong district, with overall 12,272 students and 869 teachers. As for secondary schools, there are 14 of them including vocational and technical schools, with overall 9,901 students and 755 teachers. There are also four government universities and a private university.

Services[edit]

Bentong District Hospital, now a Minor Specialist Hospital, is located in the town of Bentong and houses 152 beds. There are 22 health clinics including 19 rural clinics for health promotion and disease prevention. There are 2 government dental clinics, 22 private GP clinics and 3 private dental clinics.

There are also seven police stations and nine police hubs in the district, with a manpower of 355 policemen, and three fire stations with 111 personnel.

Politics[edit]

Federal Parliament and State Assembly seats[edit]

Bentong district representative in the Federal Parliament (Dewan Rakyat)

Parliament Seat Name Member of Parliament Party
P89 Bentong Wong Tack DAP

List of Bentong district representatives in the State Legislative Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri)

Parliament State Seat Name State Assemblyman Party
P89 N33 Bilut Lee Chin Chen DAP
P89 N34 Ketari Young Syefura Othman DAP
P89 N35 Sabai Kamache Doray Rajoo DAP
P89 N36 Pelangai Adnan Yaakob BN

References[edit]

  1. ^ Portal, Pentadbir. "Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Bentong - Pegawai Kanan". pdtbentong.pahang.gov.my. 
  2. ^ a b Portal, Pentadbir. "Pejabat Daerah dan Tanah Bentong - Data Asas". pdtbentong.pahang.gov.my. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Distribution and Basic Demographic Characteristics, 2010" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  4. ^ http://apps.water.gov.my/jpskomuniti/dokumen/BENTONG_PROFIL_FEBRUARI_2011.pdf
  5. ^ "Proposed Sky Avenue and Sky Plaza @ Genting Malaysia". Cobish.com. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 

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