By Farah Wahida:

Gelang Patah has taken the spotlight recently thanks to the rapid development of Iskandar Malaysia and the general election craze that has hit the area.

The town, which used to comprise just two rows of old shops, has been transformed into a vibrant area that is now home to some of Nusajaya’s famous attractions including Legoland Malaysia, Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park, Pine Wood Studios, luxury residential projects and several international schools.

With Gelang Patah considered as one of Malaysia’s hottest contested areas in the forthcoming general election, the town has been invigorated further with flags and banners from different political parties hanging everywhere.

Moreover, Gelang Patah is also known for its food said 35-year-old Lim Tien Hee who grew up in the town.

“There is a restaurant here which is popular for its fresh seafood.”

“The crabs and prawns they serve are very fresh and taste sweeter because the seafood is supplied by orang asli villages nearby and tastes different from that in other places,” he said.

Meanwhile, Trader Rosani Abu Ali noted that Gelang Patah used to be a quiet place and the residents enjoyed a laid back lifestyle.

“Things are different now as many politicians have been coming to the area since last year for political campaigning. That is a good thing as we are also enjoying brisk business because more and more people are visiting the area,” she said.

In the past, the town used to be unknown to many people, added 26-year-old Housewife Chee Kai Ling.

“Nowadays, the name Gelang Patah appears in the newspapers and television almost every day be it due to developments like Legoland and Hello Kitty Land or politics.”

Carved out from the state seats of Nusajaya and Skudai, Gelang Patah is the biggest constituency among the 26 parliamentary seats in Johor with 106,864 voters.

Farah Wahida, Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email farahwahida@propertyguru.com.my

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