Kubu Bharu Case Study

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CITY BACKGROUND Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB) is fondly known by travellers as a sleepy town in Selangor. It is located approximately 70 km from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur through highway 1 and is the main gateway for people heading to one of Malaysia’s favourite hill stations, Fraser 's Hill, which is a 45-minute drive away from KKB. It is originally located between two tributaries of the Selangor River and began as a mining town during 18th century. It was the second biggest town in Selangor during its heyday. HISTORY During the later part of the 19th century, the old Kuala Kubu was placed under administration of the Administrative Resident Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham, followed by JP Rodger and Edward Maxwell. At that time, Kuala Kubu was a gateway to the state of Pahang through what is today highway 55. However, tragedy struck in 1883 when a heavy downpour caused the Kuala Kubu dam to burst open and flood the town, affecting its tin mining activities and killing 33 people, including the District Officer Sir Cecil Ranking. Thirty-eight homes were also destroyed. Ranking had supposedly shot a white crocodile which was regarded as the river guardian despite being told not to do so. According to local beliefs, his act had caused the calamity to occur and all that was left of him was his hand. Ranking’s hand was interred in a grave at the Kuala Kubu Rest House. Since then, the old town has been known as Ampang Pecah (Broken Dam), and locals termed the flooding as the

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