Bigger than I thought
Tanjung Malim Travel Blog› entry 357 of 366 › view all entries
Tanjong Malim, at the moment, is the end of KL's Rawang-Seremban commuter line. This will change as the electrification to Ipoh pushes forward...albeit grudgingly slow. The town sits on the edge of a nearly dried up mud river (how the town came to be described as a cape off of such a small stream, I'm not sure), and the rail line cuts the town in half. No really...you have to go out of your way to get from one side to the other as no roads cross the tracks at grade. The town, just across the Perak state border, hosts a teacher's college, which explained the slightly larger population...a decent portion of which was about college age. Usually towns like this (middle of nowhere with not many good job prospects) have difficulty retaining their youth into adulthood. It makes sense that at least some of the college grads would choose to stay though. After all, Tanjong Malim does have a Pizza Hut and KFC. Can't beat that for a rural town with no tourist industry! Still, I was pleasantly surprised how big it was...at least the town center area. Unlike many one-street towns (as this should be), it had rows of shops. There was also a peculiarly large amount of signs written in Malayified Arabic writing (ya...Jawi--not sure how to say it otherwise), including the fire department. There was a nice little tempat lepak with a colorful garden and stuffed animals decorating the walls. I imagine this is the place to go on a Saturday night here. Haha. Still, the food was nice. It didn't have a name, that I recall, but it was on Jln. Hj. Mustafa Raja Kamala if anyone is in Tanjong Malim on a Saturday night and looking for a happening place.