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Parameswara, while fleeing, arrived at the river mouth of BP (Bandar Penggaram), but shiit, history did not record the fact that he actually rested 2 days here before moving on to Muar. You know lah, those days, the mainstream media censored anything.

Bandar Penggaram means Salt Town/City. Parameswara saw hundreds of salt traders at BP, he decided to look for a better place to start anew, he went to Malacca. BP is old enough. The old market is historical. BP is a real hisorical town without much retouch. Ask the old Indian muslim traders in the market, if you want proof. Or ask the 'penghulu' in Minyak Beku.

My old BP page
Batu Pahat means to carve rock. The name was probably derived from the early days when peoples carving rocks to make a living. That was the explanation given to me by a local Batu Pahatian friend. BP is a mid-sized town of Johor state. Batu Pahat is pronounced as Baa-too Paa-hart. The town has 2 prominent larger size shopping malls where most BPs hanging around including myself. As usual McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chickens and many other chain stores plus shops and banks and offices. I have been to BP many times since early 90's and what I saw was very Chinese especialy the town centre. Shopping malls mostly selling women's products and eating. A friend in BP always bring me to cheap eating places to taste the best BP foods and they were definitely delicious yet cheap if compare to Kuala Lumpur. I particularly love the roast-pork but couldn't recall the restaurant name, it was a small restaurant very old looking where if you go late, you eat nothing. The food is definitely non-halal but the taste is beyond words. BP is also famous for its garment and knitting works.

  • Last visit to Batu Pahat: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 7, 2007
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  • Oct 21, 2009 at 1:20 AM

    this is not the tauke you know.. do not just seeing but asking...

  • singkeentravlor's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2006 at 7:41 PM

    I have heard about otah being sold in Batu Pahat. Would anyone have comments about that? Thank you.

  • Aug 17, 2006 at 5:59 PM

    thanks to EN.NIZAM,EN.RAZIF because serve a good food.send my regard to him

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2006 at 7:17 AM

    Good information on Batu Pahat. This is the hometown of one of my colleague :)

  • BP-ian's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2005 at 2:48 AM

    Hi Joo, thanks for your nice pics and stories of BP. BP actually means "Chiselled Rock" and it originated from the industry of tin mining in the 20-th century. That also explains the bigger chnese community. Just to further elaborate on your points...

  • jenniferchin's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2004 at 9:53 PM

    sigh .. siew yoke .... :-pppp


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