Mentakab

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Mentakab (Chinese: 文德甲, Tamil: மெந்தகாப்) is a town, a mukim (commune) and a state assembly constituency in Temerloh District, Pahang, Malaysia, originally known as Pasir Rawa. Mentakab was once considered by the State Government in the year 1901 to be the new centre of all administrative works in the state of Pahang. However, due to a problem of uneven land, Kuala Lipis was instead made the capital of the state, later replaced by Kuantan in 1955.

Location[edit]

Country: Malaysia
State: Pahang
Type: Town
Latitude: 3.48333
Longitude: 102.35000
Latitude: (DMS) 3d 29m 0s
Longitude: (DMS) 102d 21m 0s

Transport[edit]

Rail[edit]

Mentakab has a railway station operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu. The railway station is on the East Coast Line, running from Gemas in Negeri Sembilan to Tumpat in Kelantan and goes through the railway station in Mentakab.

Road[edit]

The original road from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan (highway Jkr-ft2.png) also goes through Mentakab which gives Mentakab an important role. Travelers used to recognize the famous round-about near Jalan Tun Razak-Jalan Temerloh intersection every time they reached the town. However, the iconic round-about has been replaced by a traffic light. The role of route 2 has now been superseded by the East Coast Expressway E8, which connects Gombak in Selangor to Kuala Terengganu.

Trade and industry[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

Mentakab is currently popular for urban swiftlet farming, most shops or shophouses are modified on the top floor to provide space for swiftlet farming. Successful urban farming can be rewarding as each kilogram of swiflets' nest can be sold for as high as US$2000. However, few have succeeded and disadvantages towards urban residents can potentially outweigh economic gains such as widespread of diseases or bird flu and excessive bird droppings.

The Semantan River that goes through the town is the water source for the agricultural activities. Mentakab is seldom caught in serious floods but serious flooding did occur in the years 1970 and 2007.

Industries[edit]

Robin Resources (M) Sdn. Bhd. is the only company manufacturing medium-density fibreboard in Pahang since 1995. 100% of workers from Robin Resources (M) Sdn. Bhd. are employed locally and hence provides working opportunities to the local community. 80% of the manufactured medium-density fibreboard from Robin Resources are exported to the international market, including countries such as Saudi Arabia and China. Malaysian Newsprint Industries (MNI) started up a greenfield paper mill in Mentakab in the year 1996. MNI is one of the biggest scale paper factories in Southeast Asia.

Mentakab Veneer & Plywood Sdn Bhd (MVP) was incorporated in 1986 as a joint venture company between Malaysian and Taiwanese shareholders. It main business is to engage in the manufacture and marketing of plywood.Mentakab Veneer & Plywood’ factory which is a located at the 5th Mile, Jalan Karak, P.O. Box 12, 28400 Mentakab, Pahang Darul Makmur (Mentakab is strategically located 123 km from Kuala Lumpur, 181 km from KLIA and 192 km from Port Klang (major port in Malaysia), commenced plywood production in 1986 and marketed its product for local consumption and a small volume for export.Today, MVP is an active member of The Malaysian Panel-Products Manufacturer’s Association (MPMA) and it manufactures Urea Formaldehyde, Phenol Formaldehyde and Melamine Urea Formaldehyde Plywood.

Night market[edit]

Mentakab has a daily night market (pasar malam) located along the Jalan Mok Hee Kiang stretch. At around 5pm, this road will be closed to motorists to make way for hawkers. Jalan Mok Hee Kiang is one of the street where most of the citizens often visit due to its wide variety of daily goods sold. Jalan Mok Hee Kiang is famous among Mentakab citizens.

Star Mall[edit]

Located between Taman Bukit Bendera and Taman Rimba, Star Mall is the largest shopping mall in this area which constructed by a private developer from Kuantan namely Sistem Duta Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary body of Kinsteel Bhd, owned by Tan Sri Dato' Pheng Yin Huah, a steel industry tycoon in Malaysia. Mentakab Star Mall consists of a three storey with two lower ground basement shopping complex and 168 units of two storey shop, linked by sky bridge to the shopping complex itself.

Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) finalised their decision to penetrate the Pahang central market via this project which means it will subsequently boost the local lifestyle and provides even more job opportunities.

Pacific Hypermarket is set to be Star Mall's anchor tenant[1]

Hypermarket[edit]

Mentakab has one of the largest hypermarkets in the district of Temerloh, namely TF Value Mart and 'The Store'. These department stores are located in the busiest area of Mentakab where the night market is just a stone's throw away. Traffic congestions are common in this area. The traffic congestion becomes worse during peak hours.

Infrastructure[edit]

Banks[edit]

Hotels[edit]

  • Bukit Bendera Resort (this hotel became famous after Jackie Chan stayed here during the filming of Who Am I?)
  • Classic Cosy Inn (10A, Jalan Ponniah, Pahang)
  • Homestay Mama Mentakab (63 A-12, Jalan Tanjung Kerayung, 28400 Mentakab, Pahang)
  • Hotel Kheng Hai (No. 14, 1st Floor, Jalan Zabidin, 28400 Mentakab, Pahang)
  • Newton Villa Hotel (No. 24-27, Jalan Gopeng 1, 28400 Mentakab, Pahang)
  • Sherwinton Hotel (No. 71, Jalan Bunga Tanjung, Pahang)
  • Supreme Hotel (No. 11, Jalan Yap Lee, Pahang)

Housing estate[edit]

  • Batu Kapur
  • Kampung Netas
  • Ladang Edensor
  • Ladang Mentakab
  • New Village Kampung Suria
  • Taman Bukit Bendera
  • Taman Bukit Cermin
  • Taman Bukit Mentakab
  • Taman Desa Saujana
  • Taman Indah
  • Taman KSM
  • Taman KSM Heights
  • Taman Lee Chan
  • Taman Mahkota
  • Taman Mentakab
  • Taman Pinggiran Temerloh Damai
  • Taman Rimba
  • Taman Saga
  • Taman Saga Indah
  • Taman Sri Layang
  • Taman Suppiah
  • Taman Tan Chew Tong
  • Taman Tualang indah
  • Taman Tunas
  • Tanjong Kerayong

Public healthcare[edit]

Telecommunications[edit]

Education[edit]

Primary[edit]

  • SJK (Tamil)/SJK(T) Bandar Mentakab
  • SJK(C) Mentakab 1 (文德甲中华华文小学1校)
  • SJK(C) Mentakab 2 (文德甲中华华文小学2校)
  • SJK(C) Yeow Cheng Luan (姚贞嫒华文小学) and SJK(T) Yeow Cheng Luan
  • SJK(T) Ladang Mentakab
  • SK Abu Bakar
  • SK Bandar Mentakab
  • SK Batu Kapur
  • SK Chatin

Secondary[edit]

  • SMJK Hwa Lian (文德甲华联国民型华文中学)
  • SMK Mentakab
  • SMK Seri Semantan

University[edit]

Open University Malaysia's (OUM)

Colleges[edit]

Kolej Komuniti Mentakab (Mentakab Community College)

Inter-racial unity[edit]

Mentakab is also very famous for inter-racial unity because this township consists of all kinds of religions equally. Religious houses such as mosques, churches, hindu temples, chinese temples, sikh gurdwara, buddhist monastery are abundant here.

Distance from Mentakab to cities in Malaysia (km)[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 3°29′N 102°21′E / 3.483°N 102.350°E / 3.483; 102.350