The Metamorphosis of a Town

The discovery of tin deposits in Sungai Kundang during the late 19th century
attracted the attention of the British colonists
and Chinese miners
who eventually built a small settlement named after the river


By the 1920s, the mines of Kundang were a rich source of income for Kuala Lumpur Rubber (KLR) Co Ltd, a British incorporated company (KLR still exists today as Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad).

The surrounding areas were also transformed into vast rubber estates, another industry stoked by the British. One can imagine the lively environment of the industrious town back then.

However, Kundang did not escape the difficult times during the Japanese Occupation of Malaya. Some sources recall that the area became a base for the anti-Japanese movement and subsequent communist activities, born from post-war economic decline.

The mines had long been abandoned since tin ceased to become an important trade in Malaysia. Secondary forests slowly reclaimed neglected rubber plantations. Kundang seemed fated to be a forgotten town, and the part it played in the past overlooked.

Until the 1990s...

Rawang and Sungai Buloh were enjoying steep residential and industrial development, spurred by the completion of the North-South Highway in 1994. Growth inevitably spilled over to neighbouring areas. In this case, Kundang benefited from the success of its neighbouring towns.


Kundang Properties Sdn Bhd (KPSB), a joint venture between PKNS and IGB Corporation Bhd, had almost 1000 acres of rubber estate land in the area, procured in the 1980s. Seeing an opportunity to both develop their land and fulfil a need, they named their piece of land Kundang Jaya and began the massive work of converting the plantation into an industrial infrastructure. ‘Backyard industry’ owners from Rawang town, Jinjang, Kepong and Sungai Buloh, who were running small business from their homes, were invited to move their operations into a new and proper industrial space. The idea appealed to many. It cost them a fraction of what it would to rent a proper business premise in
the town centers, yet merely
a short distance away.

Other rubber plantations nearby have slowly but surely been transformed into industrial and residential areas by large and small developers, including Saujana Rawang (developed by Glomac), Bandar Country Homes (by Tanco) and the Emerald township (born from a joint venture between Guocoland Malaysia and Hong Bee Land). Tarred roads were laid, criss-crossing the town as it began undergoing a metamorphosis.

Today, Kundang still hints at its tin mining heydays and agricultural past. One of the abandoned mines was renamed Tasik Biru (Blue Lake), and transformed into a recreational attraction for water sports enthusiasts. Fir trees planted decades ago can still be spotted sporadically as reminders of the British presence once upon a time ago. Pockets of rubber trees meshed with secondary jungle still exist, but even these have been earmarked for transformation in the near future.

The LATAR Highway was completed last year, allowing easier commute between Kundang and two major highways – Guthrie Corridor and the North-South Expressway. In the same year, AEON Jusco opened a 55 000 square meter shopping mall beside Kundang.  These recent developments seem to signal the beginnings of massive changes.

KPSB handed over the keys to the newly launched terrace houses in Kundang Jaya, its fifth phase of residential homes. KPSB has plans to develop the remaining land in Kundang Jaya into an upper middle class residential area. Next to KPSB’s development, Mah Sing has begun works on a new township, M Residence. Hong Bee Land is building Rawang’s first street mall, Anggun City, adjacent to AEON Jusco.


Land in Kundang Jaya has also been allocated for primary and secondary schools, to supplement the one and only school currently available in Kundang. Chinese miners established SRJK(C) Kundang, in the 1930s, to educate the workers’ children. The primary school stands on a piece of land donated by a tin tycoon. However, it alone will soon be unable to cater to the growing number of residents’ children.

It would seem that Kundang is following the historical footsteps of other matured townships in Klang Valley. For instance, Subang Jaya and Bandar Sunway, which themselves evolved from plantation and mining lands. In a few years time, Kundang will be unrecognisable.
When fully-fledged, it will enjoy a vibrant population of residents and commerce, with modern infrastructure. More notably, Kundang will embody the stature of a town that has come a long, long way.

KPSB is launching Phase 1B of Kundang Industrial Park, consisting of two-storey terrace factories on freehold land. There are only 55 units up for grabs. The land size ranges from 2600 to 4487 (including corner lot) sqf, with a built up of 3665 sqf. Price begins from RM539 000. To enquire, call 03-6034 3833.

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