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Bekok is a town located at the eastern side of the district of Segamat, Johor, Malaysia. Bekok is well-known especially among nature lovers since Bekok is the western entrance to Endau Rompin National Park as well as having a refreshing waterfall known as Sungai Bantang Waterfall. Besides the waterfall and also the entrance to the largest state park in Johor, Bekok also houses several aborigine settlements (Perkampungan Orang Asli) like Kampung Kudong and further inside the forest Kampung Kemidak. Pekan Air Panas is another settlement near Labis.

During the pre-independence period this small town was a "Black Area" known for strong communist resistance against the British government.

Transportation[edit]

Bekok is easily accessible via road, specifically State Route J150 which junction is located about 4 km from Chaah via Federal Route 1. Bekok is located roughly about 10 km from the junction.

Bekok is also accessible via train at the Bekok railway station.

Etymology[edit]

The town's name probably originally arrived from the Hakka dialect word "Mukok", which means "the corner", where the town is in fact a remote town located roughly about 10 km from the junction of the Federal Route 1 and later accessible via railway.

History[edit]

The town's history started in the early 20th century when the MNC Societe Financiere des Caoutchoucs (SOCFIN) Plantations started its plantation business in Chaah and Labis, they engaged thousands of Chinese workers for the 12,000 hectares plantation which was one of the biggest in the world during those days. Some of the Hakka families migrated to Bekok and named the town, and later the Hokkian clan came in and started the Chinese school there named as 吗咯华小. This Chinese school has cultivated many students to become successful person such as PhDs, doctors, engineers, lawyers, journalists and other professionals and artists, not to mention many successful businessman, and many of them choose to stay in the big cities to have a better living, or even migrated to oversea like Singapore, Hong Kong, UK and US, but they always go back to Bekok during the Chinese New Year.This is the school anthem of the Chinese School 吗咯华小 : 巍峨我校,矗立高岗,景色怡人,精神爽;训诲谆谆、书声朗朗,难得求知温床。 忠孝仁爱、信义和平,校训毋相忘;春风桃李,化及四方,服务社会,为校争光。(http://wikimapia.org/1751242/Bekok)

The Malay Kampung[edit]

The earliest Malay settlement set by the Penghulu (Village Head) was located near the bridge of the Bekok River on the way to Sg. Bantang waterfall, at a junction to Sg. Bekok Estate. It's said the first Penghulu was Sulaiman Bin Ain. He was then succeeded by his son Alam Bin Sulaiman. There was Penghulu house with inscription on the concrete apron at the entrance, written "1926". Penghulu Alam (died in 1969) was then succeeded by his son Ismail Alam. After the demise of Penghulu Ismail (date needed), the tradition of Penghulu from the same family has been stopped. Now the Penghulu is a position open to all eligible candidate under the Local Johor Government.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 2°18′N 103°08′E / 2.300°N 103.133°E / 2.300; 103.133


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ucanews
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:30:00 -0800

Police have returned all 31 copies of Christian hymnals to a Catholic priest, two weeks after they were seized near a bookshop in Tangkak, Johor for containing the word "Allah". Father Cyril Mannayagam said the books were handed over to him at the ...

The Malaysian Insider

The Malaysian Insider
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:28:20 -0800

Cyril, who has worked with the Orang Asli for more than four years, said the books were meant for a Christmas service for some 100 Orang Asli parishioners in Bekok, who were all Catholics. He said the book was prepared by the indigenous community and ...

The Malaysian Insider

The Malaysian Insider
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:34:35 -0800

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok says the hymn books with the word 'Allah' are meant for the Orang Asal Christian community in Bekok, Tangkak. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, December 15, 2014.The Cabinet must order the Johor police to return the 30 ...
 
The Star Online
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 23:33:45 -0700

YONG PENG: The Bekok dam will soon be fenced to prevent trespassers from continuing to encroach on the area, and to prevent water pollution. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said that land surveyors had already ...

AsiaOne

The Malaysian Insider
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:52:30 -0800

Tan questioned how the act of photocopying hymnals for use by the Catholic Orang Asli settlement in Bekok, Tangkak, could be deemed as some sort of “threat” that required police intervention. "Police did not just casually question Cyril at the ...

The Malaysian Insider

The Malaysian Insider
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:32:30 -0800

"I repeatedly told them that the song books were only for my own people in my church and that I wanted to use them for the service with the Orang Asli parishioners in Bekok, Tangkak," the parish priest of the Church of St Andrew in Muar told The ...
 
The Star Online
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:26:15 -0700

YONG PENG: Security around Bekok Dam – a water source for some 50,000 households in Batu Pahat here – will come under the army's jurisdiction once it is gazetted as a protected area, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Wee Ka ...

Malaysia Chronicle

Malaysia Chronicle
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:04:55 -0800

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said the hymn books, which had the word “Allah”, were not used to proselytise to Muslims but were meant for the Orang Asal Christian community in Bekok, Tangkak. This reasoning is based on arguments by Minister in the Prime ...
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