Lifestyle: Shrimp paste production highlights century-old Malaysian town

(From Star Online)

By Jarod Lim

THE rustic scenery in the coastal area of Bagan Parit Baru, Sabak Bernam, is indeed a sight to behold.

As the pale evening sun drenched several wooden piers at the shore, a handful of fishermen were resting on the rickety platforms just above their boats.

Flocks of birds were seen hovering above the sea and the trees swayed gently in the wind.

A rickety jetty at the river inlet in Bagan Parit Baru new village where fishermen dock their boats

A rickety jetty at the river inlet in Bagan Parit Baru new village where fishermen dock their boats

One look across Sungai Bernam, which separates Perak and Selangor, is another fishing village, a mere 15km away from Hutan Melintang Perak. “It takes about an hour to reach Hutan Melintang by car but via ferry, it is about 20 minutes.

“This is just a small village of about 70 to 80 houses, with 300 to 400 villagers,” said village chief Kee Chin Yong.

When asked how the village got its name, Kee said he believed that came from the river inlet where most villagers docked their boats near their houses.

“Parit Baru loosely translates to ‘new ditch’.

“While I am not exactly sure how the village got its name but rumour has it that it comes from an inlet that acts as the main water way for boats to go out to sea.” Read more

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