Sasaran, located north of the state of
Malaysia, is about
32 km from Klang. It is a small fishing village situated at the river
mouth of Sungai Buloh or the Bamboo River.
A long time ago, this small fishing village was named after the river
as Sungai Buloh, however, there is also a village named after the river
at the upstream. The names of these two villages always caused
confusion to non local residents, although they are almost 50 km apart.
Before the Independence in 1957, the British police force had set up a
shooting range at a small hill near to this fishing village. The
shooting target or "Sasaran" in the Malay language was used by the
members of these police force for the shooting range.. Gradually the
name caught onto the local
residents to denote the village of Sungai Buloh. To avoid confusion,
the local residents began to use Sasaran instead of the old name Sungai
Buloh for their village. Hence Sungai Buloh was "renamed" Sasaran.
Although some villagers began to reside in Sasaran, as fishermen,
way back from 1920, the population had been gradually growing.
In 1948 during the period of Emergency, as Sasaran was not
gazetted as a "new village" or a restricted village by the colonial
government, many outsiders had migrated from the other villages and
resided in Sasaran. The sudden influx of the population had created the
development of Bagan Nelayan and the shop houses along Jalan
With the advantage of its location at the river mouth, a few big oil
palm plantations were started in the north and many villages grew at
the east side of Sasaran. With this Sasaran became the commercial
centre serving the needs of the surrounding residents.
Sasaran is more than the traditional village in Malaysia, although most
of the Malays residing at the east, are farmers while the Indians
worked in the big plantations and the Chinese as fishermen at the Bagan
Nelayan. The coffee shops are usually
patronised by the 3 races. They live harmoniously in this small
The only Chinese medium school, Chung Wah primary school which was
established in 1936 started with only 2 classrooms, now has to expand
to accommodate more new students. Today, the school is equipped with
many modern facilities through the support of local residents.
In this modern era, although many of the old wooden houses had
been rebuilt into the concrete houses, many fishermen still prefer to
live in their stilted wooden houses. Although the river bed has gotten
shallower making it more difficult for the fishing boat to ply in, many
fishermen still has not change their livelihood. The onslaught of
development is unavoidable in most villages in Malaysia, the pace in
Sasaran has remained slow and hopefully can still retain its own
simplicity form of life.
Kesenian Sasaran ( Sasaran Arts Association ) Kuala Selangor
11, Jalan Dato' Tan Teng Kuay, 45800 Jeram, Selangor Darul Ehsan,