THE Selangor government is expected to publish a history book on 42 New Villages in the state by the end of this year.
Selangor Multimedia, Environ-ment and New Village Development Committee chairman Datuk Ch’ng Toh Eng said RM10,000 had been allocated for the project held in conjunction of the 50th National Day celebrations.
“There are many facts behind each new village which were formed during the Communist insurgency from 1948 to 1960, that are not known to the public.
“It is very important for us to compile them for the future generations as the information is part of our history,” he said.
Ch’ng, who is also the MCA new village bureau head, said the book would be compiled and authored by a former journalist who was experienced in history writing.
He said the project was still at the information gathering stage and that the book was expected to be completed by the end of this year.
“We have 42 new villages in Se-langor and all of them have their own unique and interesting stories to tell,” he said.
Ch’ng added that 18 new villages had yet to complete their “stories” so far and hoped it could be done as soon as possible.
“The new village history books will be placed at the public libraries in the state or schools,'' he said after presenting a cheque to the winner of the New Village beautification competition at the state secretariat building recently.
Kampung Baru Pandamaran outshone 41 new villages in the state to win the competition.
Ch’ng said teamwork, dedication and unflagging spirit among the local residents had made Kampung Baru Pandamaran in Klang the most outstanding village.
“The positive attitude of the residents was the key for the success.''
“Besides fine decoration of Jalur Gemilang in the village, the people there were very supportive of the activities carried out by various parties,” he said.
The village, which is the winner for three consecutive years, received RM2,000 from the state government.
Kampung Baru Sri Damansara in Petaling Jaya and Kampung Sri Sungai Pelek in Sepang won second and third place respectively. They walked away with RM1,500 and RM1,000 respectively.
The fourth place with a prize money of RM700 went to Kampung Batu 9 in Cheras.
The five new villages which won the consolation prizes are Kampung Stesyen/Ulu Yam Lam in Hulu Selan-gor, Kampung Tiram Setia in Kuala Selangor, Kampung Sekinchan Site C in Sabak Bernam, Kampung Ampang in Gombak and Kampung Tanjung Seoat Indah in Kuala Langat.
Each of them received RM500.
Ch’ng added that the top three winners had represented the state at the national level.