Karak (Chinese: 加叻) is a small town in the Bentong district of Pahang, Malaysia. It is well known as a rest town (Bandar Persinggahan) of Federal route from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan. It also gives its name to the famous Karak Highway, which links it to Kuala Lumpur. Famous Malaysian actors and actress, Daniel Razlan, Mohd Farid Kamarudin, Nona bakar, Sawiyah Jeli and Kalsom Kadir currently live here. Nona Bakar was pioneer for program TV Nona at TV3.
With its location at the foothills of Malaysia’s main mountain range, the Titiwangsa Mountain Range, this town is an important water catchment area not just for Pahang but for the Klang Valley as well.
Ironically, however, the main complaint in this town is the constantly disrupted water supply. Much of the problem stems from an aged water treatment plant, which has been in service for over 30 years and thus is inadequate even for a town the size of Karak.
Agricultural and timbering is the major business activities in this town.
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College has it branch campus in this town.
Karak is famous for being the eastern end of the Karak Highway and the beginning of the LPT . Nevertheless Karak Highway is now a part of the latter, being administered by the same concessionaire and having the same route number. The East Coast Expressway is concurrent with highway 2 from Gombak, Selangor until here.
For toll-free alternatives, there is the old Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan highway . Karak is also the northern end of highway , which enables motorists from Negeri Sembilan and Malacca to enter Pahang while completely bypassing the Klang Valley.
As with most of western Pahang, Karak is not served by the KTM rail system. Bus options are available though.
Karak is the main town within the Sabai state constituency of the Pahang State Legislative Assembly, with a total of 10,000 registered voters. The seat is currently held by Kamache Doray Rajoo of the DAP.
- Karak faces water problems, The Star, February 28, 2008.
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