A Visit To The Country Side

Much have been said about the beautiful scenery greeting you as you exit from the urban surroundings in this country.  Much have also been said about the smiling and friendly faces you meet on your approach to the village scene.

Well,  this is Malaysia … a land of smiling faces and friendly people.  A  country where a smile will take you a long way in your life.

Let’s experience this.  Let’s  go for a drive to the country side.  Let’s take the Serting or Jempol conclave in the state of Negeri Sembilan,  in Malaysia,  as a test case.

You are now on the road.  Look ahead you will see beautiful stretches of roads,  comparable to those found in many developed countries of the world.  Yes,  the roads in Malaysia are well laid out,  well planned,  well constructed  and well maintained.  They can be classified as ‘modern’ in the true sense of the word.

Then you pass the town,  what do you see.  On your right,  beautiful green landscape dotted by coconut palms and

Coconut palms in paddy fields

traditional houses.  Here and there you will see fruit orchards or children playing  in the paddy fields.  Further inland you will notice the beautifully managed rubber and palm oil plantations.  It looks more like a picture postcard.  And further in the background is the blue hills and mountains functioning as a ‘backdrop’.

You are coming from Kuantan in the state of Pahang.  In front of you is a junction,  and with traffic lights too.  Look to your right,  you see a beautiful mosque,  like some of those found in the Middle East countries.  Follow the road on your right,  you will come to the town of Bandar Seri Jempol.  A small town,  but beautifully laid out with buildings taking after modern architecture. In you go into the town,  you will notice fully packed shop houses with varieties of quality goods for the  convinience of the locals.  There is no traffic jam.  The traffic is very orderly.  And the commercial centre of the town is well planned.

To think of it this town Bandar Seri Jempol is not the main town of the district.  It is considered as the administrative hub for  the area.  You will find the main district offices of various government agencies … especially those related and relevant to the development of the people and district.  This among, other things,  makes it a busy  ‘quaint little town’  and with a vision.

On this short drive,  you will have noticed the effects of development on the population,  the town and the country.

More posts about this will be on this site.

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A retired government broadcast journalist and communications specialist still actively involved in activities pertaining to ICT and media,

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