Jenjarom has a significant Chinese (Hokkien) population, and the town is the site of the Dong Zen Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple and Institute in Sungai Jarom. Though this is predominantly for the Chinese Buddhist population, the non-Chinese community benefits from the tourism it attracts: there were about a quarter of a million visitors in 2004.
Jenjarom was one of the New Villages, set up in the 1950s during the Malayan Emergency to segregate the rural Chinese villagers from the Communist insurgents within Malaysia under the Briggs Plan. This aimed to cut off supplies to the insurgents. Like other typical new villages, most of the residents are warm and friendly.
The emphasis on the importance of education is seen as the key to improving the town, and local schools are contributing to this.
- Yeang Soo Ching (2005). "Monastic attraction". The Buddhist Channel. Retrieved 2007-03-04.
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