Monday, 18 May 2009

Southern Tip Of Asia

It is a rare opportunity to be able to visit the south tip of peninsular Malaysia on the East coast. Maybe not the southern most (Tanjung Piai is the southern most) but coming to this part of the peninsular is a memorable visit for me. Its the end of the road on the eastern shore with KD Sultan Ismail as the landmark. Tanjung Pengelih is also one of the exit and entry point between Singapore and Batam Island of Indonesia. 

Going to Tanjung Pengelih, one has to take the Kulai exit on PLUS highway and turn into Kota Tinggi. However signage is quite a problem because as far as I can remember there is only one signboard showing to where I was going- TLDM Tanjung Pengelih. It was before entering Kota Tinggi. After that there is only direction to Desaru. I missed the way twice. First I drove towards Kluang after missing the junction in Kota Tinggi town. Then again I was heading towards Kuantan for a few kilometres due to poor signages. When I asked the direction, I was told to take the Desaru direction. 

After Kota Tinggi the next town is Bandar Penawar but take the route to Panggerang or Sungai Rengit. After that drive straight to the end.
The two pics above and below is of the clock tower on Jalan Tun Sri Lanang in KotaTinggi. You have to drive past this clock tower on the way to Tanjung Pengelih. This clock tower is located at Dataran Kota. On the side of the structure marks the water level (below) during the flood in 2007 that sumberged most of the town.

This is the end of the road. This point was used by the British as one of the defence point during the 2nd WorldWar to check the Japanese advancement to Singapore. There are still remains of the fort built by the British.
Justify FullPicture above - one of the defence bunkers still that remains. 





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