Take a look at the attractions of Labis | The star
LIFE in Labis is slower and somewhat laid back.
It is part of Segamat district which is located in the northern part of Johor.
The name of this picturesque township comes from the Bahasa Melayu term labi-labi which means a type of freshwater turtle.
Legend has it that in the days before Malaysia’s independence, a British official who came to the township, then known as Kampung Paya Merah, was surprised to see many sea turtles there. pure water.
Curious, he asked a local about the animals, to which the villager replied “labi-labi, tuan”.
Hearing it for the first time, the official decided to rename the place Labis by adding an “s” at the end of the word to make it plural.
Located just a 30-minute drive from the town of Segamat, Labis is dotted with rows of old shops selling traditional handmade cookies and local delicacies in addition to vehicle workshops.
The small town south of Labis called Chaah is also a popular breakfast spot for travelers and locals.
Lim Siew Chei, who works at a flower shop in Kampung Baru Labis, believes the region can prosper if its tourist attractions are developed.
“With today’s hectic lifestyle, many people are looking forward to a slower life and I think Labis offers them just that.
“We have many small businesses and restaurants that cater to the crowd.
“There is also a scenic hill called Bukit Tahan Rimau in my village which is popular with locals for recreation and recreation.
“I think more can be done; relevant government agencies should put up appropriate signage and turn the hill into a real recreational and tourist destination.
“It can benefit locals and boost the economy,” she said when interviewed by StarMetro.
Lim said there are other parts of Labis that could be used to attract tourists, introducing fun tours and tour packages.
The 21-year-old added that locals had many ideas to make Labis a more interesting place, so they hoped the next MP would reach out to the electorate and help develop the area.
Labis, like many second- and third-tier cities, faces a similar situation where its young people choose to work in bigger cities in search of better opportunities, said restaurant owner KM Rajuna.
The 43-year-old said Labis was not an industrial area, so the lack of factories and related businesses meant there were not many job opportunities.
“It’s a shame as our local workforce is heading to Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru and also Singapore to earn a living.
“Before, there was a factory in Labis, but it moved to Segamat and people here had to take the bus to get to work.
“However, many were left jobless during the Covid-19 pandemic when the factory closed,” she added.
Rajuna described the upcoming 15th General Election (GE15) as a good opportunity for voters to choose an MP to look after the welfare of the people, especially low income groups.
“We want an MP who does not select who he or she helps. During the lockdowns, when we were all suffering, not all of us received help,” she said.
Meanwhile, operations supervisor Ahmad Asri Ripin, 34, hopes the Gemas-Johor Baru section of the double-track electric train service (ETS), which runs through Labis, will soon be completed as it will help boost the economy local.
“I think the train service will attract more people to Labis and help the town to thrive and prosper,” he said.
He said, however, that the civic awareness of residents needs to improve in order to embrace development, as litter was still a widespread problem in the city.
“I often see people throwing empty plastic cups out of their car and there are others throwing used tissue paper or food wrappers on the floor.
“I want to see tougher fines and enforcement action taken by local councils to stem this problem, so people are trained to change their behaviour.
“I hope the next MP from Labis can look into this and come up with better policies for something as basic as cleanliness because it can improve the image of our country,” Ahmad Asri added.
Although it appears to be a quiet place, Labis – which is predominantly Chinese – plays an important role in Johor’s agricultural landscape as it has a significant number of rubber and oil palm plantations as well as durian orchards.
Labis also has a number of Felda colonies, including Felda Tenang, Felda Chemplak, and Felda Maokil.
A total of 49,915 registered voters are expected to vote in the race for the Labis parliamentary seat on November 19.
Labis constituency has two state seats – Tenang and Bekok.
In the 14th general election, incumbent MP Pang Hok Liong of DAP won the seat with 16,709 votes against Labis MCA division leader Datuk Chua Tee Yong (13,301) and Datuk Sarchu Sawal of PAS (2,020).
The battle resumes between Pang and Chua as Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional respectively named them as their representatives for the Labis siege.
Perikatan Nasional will be represented by Bersatu associate member Alvin Chang Teck Kiam.
There are 26 parliamentary seats in contention in Johor this GE15. The state seats are uncontested as the state election ended on March 12.