(GPS: 1.52494, 103.81951) is a fast growing suburb of Johor Bahru
. Plentong traces its beginnings to the turn of the 20th century, when it was a Chinese riverside settlement. The settlement, called a Kangkar meaning "by the foot of the river" in Hokkien, was located by the banks of the Plentong River, and was headed by a Kangchu, or "river master", who received a deed from the Sultan, called a surat sungai
, to administer and collect river tax. That was then.
Today Plentong is totally transformed into a bustling residential and industrial neighbourhood. To cater to the needs of the residential estates in Plentong, a number of shopping malls and hypermarkets have been built here, among them Giant Hypermart Plentong
and Tesco Extra Plentong
The subdistrict, or mukim
, of Plentong has a population of half a million people, making it one of the most populous subdistricts in Malaysia. Route 3, the East Coast Highway, pass through Plentong on its way from Johor Bahru to Kota Tinggi
, and onwards to Rantau Panjang
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