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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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The Star Online

The Star Online
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:31:29 -0700

So far, Mercy Malaysia has built about 90 transit homes for the state's flood victims, of which about 60 are centred in Kampung Tualang, Jalan Geale and Kg Bekok, which the organisation has unofficially “adopted”. The homes are modelled after the ...
 
The Star Online
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:30:23 -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 ...
 
Reuters
Mon, 13 Dec 2010 22:30:05 -0800

KUALA LUMPUR Dec 14 (Reuters) - Malaysia's state oil firm Petronas reported a fire at the Bekok C platform, operated by its unit Petronas Carigali, located 200 kilometres off Peninsula Malaysia's eastern shore. Six out of the 108 personnel on board the ...

Sinarharian

Sinarharian
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:30:00 -0700

... Banjir besar pada Disember tahun lalu, membawa banyak kemusnahan harta benda kepada mangsa banjir, bagaimanapun bencana itu mempunyai hikmah tersendiri apabila sebuah keluarga dapat tinggal di rumah lebih baik di Kampung Bekok, di sini.

Inquirer.net

Inquirer.net
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 02:07:39 -0800

MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao is confident he has enough advantage to win his bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2. In an interview on TV Patrol on Saturday shortly after the confirmation of the fight dubbed as boxing's richest, Pacquiao said ...
 
The Star Online
Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:01:53 -0700

The RM200 per hour charge for the public to take photographs at the historic railway station in Bekok, Segamat, has been scrapped, reported China Press. The decision was made after Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong held discussions with ...

The Star Online

The Star Online
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:31:42 -0800

Festival ritual: Chua distributing angpow to the Labis community during the Labis MCA division Chinese New Year open house in Bekok, Johor. LABIS: MCA vice-president Datuk Chua Tee Yong has become the latest victim of scammers after his mother ...

Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:23:46 -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,” said Father Cyril, the parish priest of the Church of St Andrew in ...
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