When I first reached Muadzam Shah for the UNITEN intake session, I am almost speechless. This place is nothing but a very small town with a university, it’s even smaller than Kangar. It’s so rural that it is surrounded by millions of acres forests and palm oil plantations. There is even a forest rangers’ office just opposite of the old UNITEN campus.There’s no turning back, I’ve paid my fees, signed the scholarship contract, and checked into my apartment.
To be exact, Muadzam Shah is a town under the district of Rompin, Southeast of Pahang. Muadzam Shah is 100km away from Kuantan and 80km away from Segamat. Muadzam Shah is so ulu that not many people know about this place. So every time people ask me about where I study during my university times, I have to explain where the place is.
Relative: “Ah Yang ar… u study in UNITEN right? Bangi good or not?”
Leong: “Actually I study in UNITEN Muadzam Shah, it’s a branch campus.”
Relative: “Huh? What Zam what Ah?”
Leong: “Muadzam Shah.”
Relative: “Muzam Ah? Got place like that meh?”
Leong: “It’s MUADZAM SHAH.”
Relative: “Huh? Come again?”
Leong: “Actually I study at Kuantan.”
Relative: “Ooo… Kuantan hor… I know that place.”
Leong: “… …”
I m sorry I lied, but that’s good for my brain you know. At least it won’t explode.
Whenever there are wild boars crossing roads, the last thing you want to do is to honk at them, because wild boars usually travel across forests in groups, together with some “cute” little wild boars. If you honk at the wild boars, they might get mad and run towards your car. A grown up wild boar is weight more than 100kgs, a group of wild boars equals to thousands of kgs. Thousands of kgs of brutal force on your car… think before you honk.
The standard of living is also very low. Food is cheap in Muadzam Shah, here you can get 4 pieces of fully stuffed curry puff for RM1. Parking in town is free, you can park anywhere you want as the town council officers in Muadzam Shah are very kind hearted, no summons will be issued as long as you do not block the entire traffic.
Morning at Muadzam Shah
The level of pollution is very low in Muadzam Shah because it is surrounded by forest. The air is fresh and every cold morning there will be fog, just like Genting Highlands.
No matter what, Muadzam Shah is still the place where I spent 5 years of my life, it is the place where I study for my degree and learn new things in life. With UNITEN and other several education institutions like MRSM and Politeknik, Muadzam Shah is developing slowly. More and more shop lots are built around town, 7-11 is just a start, and maybe sooner or later there will be a shopping mall and a GSC.Erm... Sorry, I think the shopping mall and GSC is impossible for another 100 years.