Broga Hill, a famous landmark in Broga.
Location of Selangor within Malaysia
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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 Sak Dato Temple is located about 1 km from the Broga town. This Taoist temple is set on a picturesque hillside often frequented by hikers to Broga Hill and has unique statues of the Chinese zodiacal animals. A pedestrian suspension bridge spans the valley besides the temple. A large statue of Sun Wukong sits atop the adjacent hill, gazing across the valley.
The hill, approximately 400m in altitude, is notable for its unique appearance as it is rather devoid of trees, which is an uncommon sight amongst the tropical rainforests surrounding the region. Remnants of burnt out tree trunks indicate that the area may have been ravaged by a forest fire and the trees did not regrow.
Broga Hill is easily climbed by most people due to its aforementioned altitude, becoming a frequent destination for casual hikers. The hilltop offers a good view of the surrounding area and has become a popular picnic and photography spot.
Broga Hill became increasingly well known after some scenes from a local movie "Ola Bola" were filmed here. Despite the fame, recent developments of the hillside have permanently damaged the unique beauty of this hill.
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. From a sleepy small town, Broga has been transformed by its proximity to the University of Nottingham's campus. The demand for housing and a sizeable student population have brought about rapid development to this area. Broga is also known for its Chinese restaurants and durian orchards.
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 University of Nottingham branch campus is located on the Selangor side of the town.
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