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Satay town has come of age

A SCENE of some old pakcik (uncles) fanning a greasy charcoal grill lined with succulent satay, is a picture most people conjure up of Kajang. Some even smell the smoky aroma of the skewered meat in every corner of the old town.
Chin … ‘It is self-sufficient and convenient'.

Despite its rapid development in recent years, Kajang is still very much remembered as the place to have the best satay. Pre-war shops with age-old architecture give the satay an equally nostalgic reminder to the older generation of Kajang as it used to be.

However, the younger folk see Kajang, not as a satay town, but a cultured city.

"Kajang is situated on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, but its inhabitants are still a blessed lot," said resident Wendy Yap, 43.

"It is a relatively small town, but we have a number of big and modern buildings in it as portrayed by the numerous tertiary institutions around us, including New Era College, UPM (Universiti Putra Malaysia), UKM (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Uniten (Universiti Tenaga) and Ikram (Institut Kerjaraya Malaysia)," she said.

"Decades ago, Kajang was dubbed the Klang Valley's culture city," said Yap.

"Schools are so popular that they attract students from as far as Johor," she said.

Culture, of course, means more than academic achievements. Children in Kajang have a choice of music centres, dance schools and other learning establishments to choose from.

Several teenagers from the Cultural Club of Yu Hua Primary and Secondary Schools have even made the country proud, winning 50 national, regional and international awards, including the Champion of the Champions Award at the 2000 World Harmonica Competition.

Kajang may not be among Klang Valley's most affluent areas, but it is believed that it is home to many wealthy individuals who prefer the quiet and relaxed lifestyle. The opulent bungalows that dot Bukit Mewah are testimonies to this belief.
Plaza Metro is a favourite of the youngsters, especially on weekends.

"Many who own public-listed corporations live in Kajang," said Yap. "You may not be able to spot them as they prefer the simple and humble life," she said, adding that most of them made it big after growing up in poor homes. "They worked their way up from scratch."

Some of the wealthy in Kajang today were once rubber tapers.

"More than 30 years ago, agriculture and rubber tapping were the main economic activities in Kajang," said Yap.

"The workers scrimped and saved to buy the lands because otherwise, they needed to pay 50% of what they earned to the landowners.

"Over the years, the value of their properties rose and many made a fortune of their prime lands."
A bird's eye view of Kajang town from Bukit Mewah.

A significant change to the town came with the opening of the Kajang Ring Road (Silk Highway) last year.

With it came hypermarkets, such as Tesco, Giant and Warta.

Billion, the first supermarket to open in Kajang, also expanded with more new outlets.

Today, a visit to Kajang will see old buildings interspersed with trendy cafes, mamak stalls and fast food outlets. It has become something of a place for the youngsters.

"Satay? Yes, we do eat satay once in a while, too," said 24-year-old Chin Lit Shee, who grew up in Kajang.

"Kajang is a nice place," he said.

"It is self-sufficient and convenient, especially where travelling is concerned," said Chin, who helps his father run a jewellery store in Metro Plaza.

"It is developing ever so rapidly," he said.

"It shows that Kajang has not been left out in time. Sometimes, I do miss the old face of the town, like the old railway tracks where my friends and I used to play on when we were kids."

Colourful neon lights illuminate Kajang at night. Kajang Point, the local council's effort to create a "happening place" that resembles the popular Bintang Walk was set up.

Sadly, it has been left idle after its completion this year.

Kajang assemblyman Low Lee Leng said she anticipated another wave of development in Kajang in the coming years.

"It is heartening to note that the economy in Kajang and its surrounding areas is booming significantly," she said.

"And, it is just the first phase," Low said of the development in Saujana Impian, Prima Saujana and Kajang Perdana.

"The second phase will extend up to Sungai Long."

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