Sekinchan - Paddy Field and Fishing Village at Selangor, Malaysia
Location Of Sekinchan
Sekinchan is a small town located in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. It is about 102 km north of Kuala Lumpur, and 28 km from Kuala Selangor. Sekinchan is in the middle of the main rice-bowl area of Selangor, in the Sabak Bernam district. It is one of the major rice producing areas of Malaysia.
Sekinchan in Chinese mean "village suitable for plantation', the land and weather is suitable for farming of rice, fruits and oil palm trees. It is the highest rice production per acre in Malaysia. Total farming land paddy and fruits is about 4,300 acres. You can see a wide green paddy field on your right when you arrive in Sekinchan. It also popular as a fishing village.
Short History Of Sekinchan
In the of 1920s, Sekinchan is a small fishing village, the main fishing area is Bagan, Bagan is the birthplace of Sekinchan. The early inhabitants are almost all Teow Chew who are also fishermen who depend on fishing for their livelihood. This small fishing village, then gradually move the population from outside come in, and eventually developed into today's scale.
In the year of 1953, in order to segregate the villager from the early Malayan Communist Party insurgents. The villagers are isolated, and hence formed the Site A, B, C and Bagan. It is a coastal rice planting area, it has a unique geographical environment, Sekinchan is not only have broad paddy field but also rich in fish, people named it as “Land Of Plenty”.
At time of British colonial era, the Teow Chew villagers of coastal area called Sekinchan as “ Ang Mo Gang” due to a lot of British people were staying here. Meanwhile Hokkien people call it as “Sixteenth Gi’, as Sekinchan is located 16 miles from Kuala Selangor. Both names are still being called by the old generation nowadays. The total population is achieving 20,000 peoples and 60% is Chinese, 30% is Malay and 10% is other races. The main economy activities are agriculture and fishing industry. Total farming land is about 4700 acres, and there more than 300 fishing trawlers in Sekinchan.
Geography of Sekinchan
Sekinchan is located in Sabak Bernam district, Selangor, and it is close to Malacca Strait.It consists of four villages, that is Site A, B, C and Bagan. Sekinchan population is mainly Chinese. Site A has total of 200 household, most of them is Hokkien. 90% of the residences are farmers. Site B is the largest village, Site B has over 400 households, most of them are Cantonese and Hakka, beside involve in agriculture, the villagers in Site B also involve in Business. There are many of old shops, coffee shop and grocery stores in the main street are owned by Site B villagers. Site C is the smallest village that inhabited by rice farmers, about 350 household.
Bagan is a fishing village in Sekinchan, 90% of the Chinese population is Teow Chew, the main economic activities in Bagan is fishing. The fisherman go out to catch fish at the morning about 4-5 am, come back around 5 pm with a lot fresh sea fish and prawn.
Main Economy Activities in Sekinchan
- Agriculture - Rice, Tropical Fruits and Swiftlet Farming.
- Small Business
Sekinchan - A Fast Developing Tourist Attraction
Sekinchan is actually a fishing village, but now is more widely recognized as a famous paddy field instead of a fishing village.
Here, you can drive right beside the paddy fields. There are roads connecting the town with the small village located in the center of the paddy fields. Along the way, you will find water path (aqueduct), little bridge, birds and of course the paddy.
There are also factories which allow visits. The staff will brief you on the paddy plantation process, type of rice. You can also purchase the rice here which is not available in the market. Besides rice, you can also get nice mangoes at the stalls along Sekinchan main road. On the other side of the road is the fishing village. You can also stop by to have a look at the fishing boats and jetty. Do stop by for some seafood too.
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