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The town with all its old shophouses was primarily founded and developed in the 1900s, when British army colonized Malaya at that time. During that period many local people including Chinese and Indian migrant worked at rubber estates that were formerly owned by British companies. One of the earliest schools was Lunas English School.
Today, there are still many well-preserved gems such as pre-war shophouses, a traditional “wooden bungalow on stilts” post office, and the colonial-style Soon Cheng Sai mansion.