Mumong

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Mumong, or Kampong Mumong in Malay is a village located in the Belait district of Brunei Darussalam between the towns of Kuala Belait and Seria. It serves as a suburb for both of these towns. Technically it is two villages - Kampong Mumong (Mumong Utara) north of the Seria Bypass, and Kampong Mumong Selatan, south of the Seria Bypass.

Location[edit]

Mumong location in Mukim Belait

Mumong is located in Mukim Kuala Belait of the Belait district between the towns of Kuala Belait and Seria. It is bounded by Sungai Belait to the south, Panaga in Seria to the east and Kampong Sungai Pandan to the north and west.

For the purpose of this article, Mumong is referred to the area south of Jalan Singa Menteri and east of the extension of Jalan Pandan Lima to the Seria Bypass. It includes the following kampongs:

  • Kampong Mumong (Mumong Utara)
  • Kampong Mumong Selatan
  • Kampong Perpindahan Mumong

History[edit]

Mumong was a small Malay village on the banks of the Belait River further upstream from Kuala Belait on the way to Kuala Balai. The development of Kuala Belait at the turn of the century as the district capital and the construction of Jalan Singa Menteri and Jalan Tengah to like Kuala Belait to Seria saw the village grow south of Jalan Singa Menteri to become mainly a commuter community serving Kuala Belait and Seria towns. The construction of the Seria Bypass in the 1980s further encouraged more settlement of the area as it provided a second link from the village to Kuala Belait and Seria.

The government of Brunei has also continued to improve the area with the construction of the Mumong Resettlement Area, a Landless Housing Scheme area located to the west of the kampong. Other infrastructure constructed in the kampong includes the Mumong Youth Centre and Sports Complex in the 1990s which also serves the communities in the vicinity of Kuala Belait and Panaga, and the Kuala Belait Sewerage Treatment plant.

Mumong also lends its name to the Mumong Telephone exchange area, although the physical location of the exchange is in Kampong Sungai Pandan.

Sports and Recreation[edit]

The Mumong Sports complex serves as the main public venue for sports and recreational activities in Mumong and the area around the vicinity of Kuala Belait. It contains a running track, a swimming pool, various sports courts and other facilities.

Transportation[edit]

Most of the roads within the kampong is surfaced. However, not all the roads are level to encourage effective drainage during a downpour. The main road passing through the heart of the old village is Jalan Mumong, although this road has been bisected by into two by the Seria Bypass.

The Seria Bypass and Jalan Singa Menteri links Mumong west to Kuala Belait and from there to Miri in Malaysia, and east to Seria and from there to Tutong and Bandar Seri Begawan.

A road connects Mumong to Kuala Balai - this road bears the name of Jalan Mumong - Kuala Balai, and this is the only road linking Kuala Balai to the rest of the country. This road was only surfaced in the 1990s, and has since seen a large number of industrial developments at the Mumong end.[1]

There are no public buses serving the Mumong area.

There are no Ferry services, river services or port services in Mumong. The nearest port is in neighbouring Kampong Sungai Duhon to the west along the Belait River, and the nearest deepwater port in Brunei is Muara Port.

There are no airports in Mumong. Commercial travellers would have to travel to either Bandar Seri Begawan or Miri to catch a commercial flight.

Schools[edit]

There are no schools in the area. Mumong is served by schools in the neighbouring Kampong Sungai Pandan to the north including the Mumong Secondary School, which is not located in Mumong.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The residential developments are in the Mukim Seria section of the road

Coordinates: 4°35′N 114°14′E / 4.583°N 114.233°E / 4.583; 114.233