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UTAR NEW VILLAGE COMMUNITY PROJECT
NAME OF NEW VILLAGE:
Project carried out by:
Year / Trimester
1. Tia Tow Khee 1004604 Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Statistical Computing and
2. Audrey Kang Moon-Her
Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Statistical Computing and
3. Lee Weng Kin 1003096 Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Statistical Computing and
4. Fun Mee Shell 1106611 Bachelor of Science (Hons)
Statistical Computing and
DATE OF COMPLETION:
It is our pleasure to express our gratitude to all those who made this project
First of all, we would like to thank the staff from Department of Soft Skill
Competency. They exposed us to the life of a new village and its environment.
Special thanks to Miss Jamie who gave us guidance, encouragement and help
when we needed transport to Tanah Hitam. Thanks to her, we able to reach this
village safe and sound. We are honoured to have the opportunity to meet with the
secretary of Tanah Hitam village committee, Mr. Mok and the villagers who
showed us around the village. Mr. Mok introduced us to the way of life in this
Last but not least, efforts of all team members are greatly appreciated.
Because of the cooperation of all team members, this report was completed on
Tanah Merah New Village is located in Chemor, Perak. Its population of
about 3,000 are mainly Chinese. As Buddhism is widely practised, there are a few
temples in the village.
The land in this village is suitable for farming. Moat villagers own small
plots of land which they use for growing crops or rearing animals. Farm produce
are sold in the village as well as other parts of Malaysia. Recently new housing
estates have been developed around the village.
Figure 1.1 The Map of the Tanah Hitam.
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Tanah Hitam new village was established before Malaya gained
independence. The village is called Tanah Hitam because the soil in this area is
mostly black. This area was covered with virgin jungle before it was cleared for
the new village.
The secretary of the village committee, Mr Mok, works with the villagers
so that their livelihood can be improved. Besides that, Mr Mok is the member of
the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA).
Before the 1950s, the only roads in the village were narrow dirt roads. As
a result, heavy vehicles could not pass through and, during the rainy season, the
roads were often flooded. Over time, tarred roads were constructed in the village,
followed by tarred roads leading to and around the village. This meant that big
and small vehicles could now pass through the village and villagers could sell
there farm produce to other parts of the country especially nearby towns such as
Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Kampar and Batu Gajah.
The public buses also made life easier for the villagers. They could now
travel to nearby towns and other parts of the country with cars. As the standard of
living improved, some villagers bought cars and travelled to nearby towns such as
Ipoh for work.
Figure 2.1 The New Villages Signboard
Figure 2.2 This is the entrance which was constructed 20 years ago.
Figure 2.3 The project team with Mr Mok, the secretary of the village committee
There are several types of housing in the Tanah Hitam village. In the
village, only 5% of houses are made of wood. The remaining houses are made of
brick or concrete. Mr Mok informed us that up to the 1950s most houses were
made of wood but this changed over the years. There are several abandoned
wooden houses in the village.
The modern concrete houses and the brick houses are surrounded by
fences and gates. However, there is no fencing around the wooden houses. Many
Buddhist villagers place altars of worship outside their homes.
The town closest to the village, Chemor, is a 45-minute ride away. Tanah
Hitam village is surrounded by hills and tranquil rural scenery. Visitors can enjoy
the scenery, jogging and jungle trekking when they come to Tanah Hitam.
Figure 3.1 A wooden house with no fencing
Figure 3.2 A modern concrete house in Tanah Hitam
Figure 3.3 A brick house in Tanah Hitam
The villagers are mostly farmers. The average size of farm in Tanah
Hitam is 5 to 10 hectares. Crops such as corn, chili, onion and flowering Chinese
cabbage are grown for sale. Most of the farm produce are sold outside the village.
The vegetables are sent to markets such as those in Ipoh, Chemor, and Kuala
Besides farming, some villagers also run their own business around the
village. For example, some villagers operate stalls in the market, e.g. vegetables,
meat or food stalls. Some of them have their own shops like restaurants, and
hardware shop. But overall, farming is their main source of income.
Pic: Restaurant in the village
Pic: Front view of the market
Pic: Stalls beside the market
Pic: Hardware shop in the village.
There are two types of farms in this village. First, there are small farms
located next to villagers homes. These farms grow subsistence crops. Second,
the bigger farms produce the bulk of vegetables which are sold locally or in other
parts of the country. Corn is the major crop in these farms.
Subsistence crops near the house
Because of its small population, Tanah Hitam has a few shops only. This
includes small food stalls, one bicycle/motorcycle repair shop, a hardware shop
and a small wet market. There is no bank, post office, clinic or Telekom Malaysia
Villagers have to travel nearby towns to pay their utility bills to go
shopping and to purchase all types of goods.
Corn farm at Tanah Hitam
SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICES
The Chinese farm the vast majority of residents in Tanah Hitam. They
practise Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism and this electric practice is
reflected in the local temples. The main festivals celebrated in Tanah Hitam are
long embedded in Chinese culture: Spring festival/Chinese New Year, eight moon
lantern festival and tomb sweeping (Cheng Meng) day. Chinese dialects
dominate in spoken communication among villagers.
Figure 4.1 Fook Shao Temple.
Figure 4.2 The Fook Shao temple grounds.
There are two basketball courts. The older court is an open-air court.
Many villagers prefer the newer court which is bigger and an indoor court which
shelters players and the crowd from rain and sun. There is a playground next to
the new basketball court.
There is a local Ikatan Relawan Rakyat Malaysia (RELA) group.
Villagers cooperate with each other to ensure safety and security in the village.
They sometimes gather at the local multi purpose hall, the Dewan Orang Ramai
Kg Tanah Hitam Chemor for meetings, special events and so forth.
Old basketball court
New basketball court
Playground beside the new basketball court
Pusat Operasi RELA
Dewan Orang Ramai Kampong Tanah Hitam Chemor
The SRJK(C) Tanah Hitam was established in 1951. As the school
population grew over the years, the old school building was demolished and the
new building was constructed in 1980. The current headmaster of the school is
Puan Ong Ah Yen.
SRJK (C) Tanah Hitam primary school front gate
This school emphasizes academic studies as well as sports. All students in
standards 4, 5 and 6 must join at least one student club or society and participate
in its activities every Wednesday. Their basketball team is particularly well
known and participants in many competitions. The school holds a sports Day
Above picture SRJK(C) Tanah Hitam primary school
SJK(C) Tanah Hitam secondary school
The sports equipment stored in SJK (C) Tanah Hitam
There are 182 students in the school plus another 18 students in its
kindergarten. The school is fully assisted by the government and its students are
mostly Chinese with only 19 Malays and 4 to 5 Indians. There