Bandar Muadzam Shah, a rather quiet and tranquil but well-planned town situated inland in South-east Pahang, was a brainchild of Malaysia's second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak (the father of the current (6th) Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Najib Abdul Razak)
His vision, amongst others, was for the town to eventually become a fully established educational center with quality schools and higher academic institutions serving the surrounding rural regions, and having its own fully integrated public administration services.
Lembaga Kemajuan Pahang Tenggara (DARA) (or South-East Pahang Development Authority) was formed to undertake and oversee the development and success of the region.
DARA started the phased development of the town in 1979 and administered the town for 25 years until it was taken over by the Pekan and then by the Rompin District Office.
That Bandar Muadzam Shah is named after the fourth Sultan of modern Pahang, Sultan Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah, who reigned Pahang from 1932 to 1974.
Born on 29th May 1904 at Istana Hinggap, Pekan Lama, he was the second son of Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutassim Billah Shah by his wife, Che Kalsom binti Tun Abdullah.
Sultan Abu Bakar Riayatuddin Al-Muadzam Shah died on 7th May, 1974, and was succeeded by his son, the current Sultan of Pahang, HRH Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah.
Although the ideal development as envisaged by the late Tun Razak has yet to be fully materialized, Bandar Muadzam Shah has since quietly grown into quite a well-developed town.
The town has a General Hospital that provides general and also specialist care services, besides having wards for general, women and maternity cases.
It has very good infrastructure and spread of educational and government public services in place, that are not found in some other towns in the Rompin district.
Other than the District office and Land office, we can also find here several important government administrative offices and services like the Road Transport Department, Islamic Department, the Police and Fire Departments, and the Courts of Justice.
Already established are various primary and secondary schools, such as Sekolah Menengah Teknik, Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM), Sekolah Kebangsaan and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Muadzam Jaya and SMK (A) Pahang.
University Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) one of Malaysia's top universities with its main campus in Putrajaya, has a branch campus, the UNITEN Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus, at Bandar Muadzam Shah.
A big polytechnic complex (Politeknik Muadzam Shah) has started its programs and is helping to attract young students to the town.
Around the town center we can see that there is a big mosque, and scattered rows of retail shops and private offices, and the popular Muadzam Bazaar that connects via a walkway to the bus and taxi terminal.
This bus and taxi terminal serves as a transport hub for rural residents having errands with the government departments or appointments at the general hospital, as the town is surrounded by many rural villages and smaller towns like Bukit Ibam and Keratong.
The residential estates surround the town and they are comparatively well-planned, near to shops, restaurants and public amenities.
For sports lovers, there is a public field with a small pavilion where field games like soccer, hockey and netball, are played.
Close-by we can find volleyball and tennis courts with an indoor community hall for indoor games, like badminton and table-tennis.
And there is an established wood-ball course further away that attracts many keen enthusiasts of the game.
As in most new towns, there is also a recreational park with plenty of shady trees where residents can have picnics and fun activities with family and friends, or just walk and exercise, to keep fit, on the jogging tracks.
Rest house, budget hotel and inn are available for those wishing to stay for work and recreation in the town.
You can also put up at established homestays with programs that include visits to orang asli (aborigines) villages in Kampong Kedaik, Kampong Tanam and a few other surrounding villages, where you can watch and participate in the orang asli traditional activities and culture.
From Bandar Muadzam Shah we can travel to Kuala Rompin for fun at the beaches, or to Tasik Chini for nature and wildlife observation, and watch the spectacle of pink and red water lilies blooming in June to September every year!
So if you prefer a quiet, tranquil respite from the stresses of big cities, take a trip and relax at Bandar Muadzam Shah.
Never blew a blow-pipe before? Then book a homestay program there and learn the culture of the orang asli.
Or just play a round, or as many rounds as you like, of wood-ball.
As always from me,
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