Jalan Bentayan took its name from Fort Bentayan, which in turn took its name from Sungai Bentayan, a tributary of Sungai Muar. The fort in that area, now no longer extant was built by Sultan Mahmud, the last Sultan of Malacca, as a means to thwart invasion. That didn't proof successful, for the Portuguese attacked and took over Muar anyway, forcing Sultan Mahmud to once again flee, to Pagoh.
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