Journalist reports: Batu Pahat, home ground for radicals?

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Batu Pahat, home ground for radicals?
Published: 19 December 2015 1:07 PM

There must be something about Batu Pahat, Johor, which has birthed or raised many a strident personality in politics. Some even say it’s the birthplace of radicalism in Malaysia.

Datuk Onn Jaafar, Tony Pua of DAP, Teo Nie Ching, Tan Sri Chua Soi Lek, Dr Syed Husin Ali were born or raised here.

The late elder statesman and former prime minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, went to school here.

The state’s royals are a spirited household, too, as their colourful history and recent prominence of the Tunku Mahkota, testify. Johoreans are indeed a nationalistic and proud people.
Muar and Batu Pahat appear clean and orderly, with well-kept old Malay houses, although Johoreans are well-off, too: mansions rise out from nowhere in the small suburbs around Batu Pahat.

The people are soft-spoken with an old-school Malayness to their demeanour. Conversations are peppered with “…ekk”, a colloquialism particular to Johoreans, and the women are still wearing their baju kebaya from the 1960s, and selendang, instead of the ubiquitous tudung.

Beneath the pristine beauty of Batu Pahat, however, is a history of insurgencies and radicalism.

Could this explain the political activeness of the state and her citizens?

But Johoreans whom The Malaysian Insider met keep their history to heart, making it difficult to prise stories of radicalism out of them.

You can read the rest online at MI’s website.
There are many more people that we know are from BP, but the journalist hasn’t done enough ‘research’ and interviews or maybe those people don’t want to be interviewed.
Are you a radical?

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