Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Solo Ride To Labis, Bukit Kepong & Gunung Ledang

Yesterday, 7th November 2011 (Mon) was Hari Raya Qurban holiday. So there was 3 days off. On Saturday 5th November 2011, me riding alone from KL to Labis, Johor to visit my lovely family...I also took the time to visit Historical Bukit Kepong Police Station @ Bukit Kepong, Muar & also Gunung Ledang..

Journey to Labis

Riding alone was fantastic experience... Totally different if u driving alone...

Just make sure to ride on day time..  u can see the world.. 

About to reach Labis

Welcome to Labis

Labis Town. Labis is the second largest town in the district of Segamat, Johor, Malaysia, with a population of about 20,000 people. It has a large Chinese community. Labis is an agricultural town whose main export is rubber. A main trunk road that runs north-south Peninsular Malaysia passes through it, as well as the Keretapi Tanah Melayu railway line that connects it with the state's capital in the south, Johor Bahru.

How Labis got its name??? According to wikipedia; The British officers were surprised to see the river terrapins since they had not seen those animals before. They asked the villagers the name of those animals and the villagers answered, "Labi-labi, tuan," ("River terrapins, sir"). Because they didn't know the name of those animals, the British officers referred to them as labis in the plural form. Therefore, the British officers decided to name the settlement Labis.

Another theory is that in the 17th century, a member of the Malaccan royal family was travelling through the area. He saw something that intrigued him. He called out to his advisors to tell him what it was, he went "Habis? Habis?" thus accidentally blurting out the name Labis.

Journey to Bukit Kepong

Reach Bukit Kepong. about 40-50 kilometers only from Labis.

My V infront of the Police station

Bukit Kepong Incident was an armed encounter which took place on February 23, 1950 between the Federation of Malaya Police and the communist terrorists of Malayan Communist Party during the Malayan Emergency. This conflict took place in an area surrounding the Bukit Kepong police station in Bukit Kepong. The wooden station was located on the river banks of the Muar River, about 59 km from Muar town, Johor

According to Wikipedia; the incident started just before dawn with the Communists launching a guerrilla assault on the police station leading to the deaths of almost all of the police officers stationed there. When they began the siege, the attackers strongly believed that they would be able to defeat the policemen and gain control of the police station within a short span of time. This is due to several factors in their favour: their arms and numerical superiority and the relative isolation of the station. The battle began at about 4:15 am.
According to eyewitness accounts, there were about 200 Communists attacking, led by Muhammad Indera, a Malay Communist. Despite the odds, the policemen led by Sgt. Jamil Mohd Shah, refused to surrender, although numerous calls by the communists for them to lay down arms were made. Several officers were killed as the shooting continued and two wives of the defending officers took up arms when they discovered that their husbands fell in battle.

Desperate and alarmed at the defenders’ tenacity, the Communists captured one of the officers’ wives and threatened her at gunpoint to urge the policemen to surrender. The defenders replied that they would never surrender and continued fighting. Another wife of the officers (Fatimah Yaaba) and her daughter were also forced to do the same. Their refusal then resulted in their execution.

In the final hours of the fierce battle, the Communists set fire to the officers’ barracks and station. Two women and their children were burnt to death in the married quarters. At that point only 3 policemen plus a village guard were still alive. They rushed out from the burning station, unable to withstand the heat. They then assaulted the Communists position, killing at least 3 of them.

Only about five hours after the first shot was fired did the communists manage to break their defences and set the place ablaze. They then retreated into the jungle. 14 policemen, 4 village guards, 3 auxiliary policemen, wife of Abu Bakar Daud (one of the surviving policemen) and three of their children were killed in the incident. The total number of deaths is 25. Those who survived the bloody encounter are 4 policemen and 9 family members including their wives and children.

My V met his old friends

Journey to Gunung Ledang

Can see quite alot of car near this place.. Its normal Holiday time @ Gunung Ledang

Road to Gunung Ledang

The entrance

The entrance fees

My Tickets

Photoshoot with my V... i put the Camera on top of 100Plus can..ahahah!!!
Mount Ophir, or more commonly known by its Malay name, Gunung Ledang, is a mountain situated in the Gunung Ledang National Park located in Ledang District (northwestern Johor), Malaysia. The summit is located between the border of Muar and Malacca. Standing at 1,276 m (4,186 ft), with a clear trail leading to the peak, the mountain is a popular destination among amateur climbers. Mount Ophir is also the 64th highest mountain in Malaysia and arguably the most climbed mountain in the country, despite it having one of the higher climbing fatalities in the region of South-East Asia. Camping on the mountain has been forbidden after the death of campers who were crushed by falling trees in separate incidents

A resort at the foot of the mountain was opened in the recent years. Called Gunung Ledang Resort, it offers decent accommodation and adventure programmes. However, the access to the top of the mountain can only be made through the National Park office, which is a few kilometres away from the resort. The trail from the resort has been closed due the death of campers.

Singaporean bikers..

TShirt showing place @ Gunung Ledang

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Wall of fame..showing the place @ Gunung Ledang

A Lot of visitors..

Photoshoot before riding back to KL.

Total ride distance = 490km


  1. good storytelling, nice pics.....bravo bro....keep on writing...