Val d'Or, Penang
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|District||South Seberang Perai District|
|• Local Government||Seberang Perai Municipal Council|
|• President||Maimunah Mohd Sharif|
|• Batu Kawan Member of Parliament||Kasthuriraani Patto (DAP)|
|• Bukit Tambun State Assemblyman||Law Choo Kiang (PKR)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Not observed (UTC)|
|Area code(s)||+6045 (landline only)|
Val d'Or is a town in South Seberang Perai, Penang, Malaysia. The mainly agricultural town is located between Simpang Ampat to the north and Sungai Bakap to the south, both of which are also within the South Seberang Perai District.
In French, Val d'Or meant a valley of gold. Interestingly, the town of Val d'Or had a French connection in the mid-19th century, when two Frenchmen arrived and set up an agricultural estate within the town.
In the mid-19th century, a Frenchman by the name of Donnadieu arrived at what is now Val d'Or. He subsequently established a sugar cane plantation at the area, and was later joined by a second Frenchman, Léopold Chasseriau. However, Donnadieu came to a tragic end when he was murdered by unknown assassins.
Meanwhile in 1852, Kee Lye Huat, an ethnic Chinese, landed in Province Wellesley (now Seberang Perai). Starting out as a coolie, he gradually became a successful sugar planter and the owner of the Val d'Or sugar cane estate; he is now credited as the founder of the town. Kee also played an instrumental role in the development of nearby Sungai Bakap. In 1872, he established the Kee Poh Huat Kongsi in Sungai Bakap, where his descendants still reside to this day.
Val d'Or is home to a Chinese primary school and a high school, SJKC Valdor and SMK Valdor, respectively