|State||Pahang Darul Makmur|
|o Body||Temerloh Municipal Council (Majlis Perbandaran Temerloh)|
|MP||Anuar Tahir (PH)|
Deputy Minister of Public Works
Mentakab (alternately Mentekab, Chinese: , Tamil: ) is a town, a mukim (commune) and a state assembly constituency in Temerloh District in central Pahang, Malaysia. It is 9 km NW from downtown Temerloh and 82 km NE from Kuala Lumpur.
It was originally known as Pasir Rawa. In the late 19th century, Mentakab was a candidate for Pahang's new capital city, replacing Pekan. However, due to its mountainous terrain, Kuala Lipis was instead chosen as the capital of the state in 1898, later replaced by Kuantan in 1955.
Mentakab has a railway station operated by Keretapi Tanah Melayu. The railway station is on the East Coast Line of the KTM Intercity network, running from Gemas in Negeri Sembilan to Tumpat in Kelantan and goes through the railway station in Mentakab. Presently two trains stop at the station daily.
The original road from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan (highway ) also goes through Mentakab which gives Mentakab an important role. Travelers used to recognize the famous round-about near Jalan Tun Razak-Jalan Temerloh intersection every time they reached the town. However, the iconic round-about has been replaced by a traffic light. The role of route 2 has now been superseded by the East Coast Expressway , which connects Gombak in Selangor to Kuala Terengganu.
Mentakab is a popular site for urban swiftlet farming; the top floor of many shoplots in the city are modified to provide space for swiftlet farming. Successful urban farming can be rewarding as each kilogram of swiflets' nest can be sold for as high as US$2000. However, few have succeeded and disadvantages towards urban residents can potentially outweigh economic gains such as widespread of diseases or bird flu and excessive bird droppings.
The Semantan River that goes through the town is the water source for the agricultural activities. Mentakab is seldom caught in serious floods but serious flooding did occur in the years 1970 and 2007.
Robin Resources (M) Sdn. Bhd. is the only company manufacturing medium-density fibreboard in Pahang since 1995. 100% of workers from Robin Resources (M) Sdn. Bhd. are employed locally and hence provides working opportunities to the local community. 80% of the manufactured medium-density fibreboard from Robin Resources are exported to the international market, including countries such as Saudi Arabia and China. Malaysian Newsprint Industries (MNI) started up a greenfield paper mill in Mentakab in the year 1996. MNI is one of the largest paper factories in Southeast Asia.
Mentakab Veneer & Plywood Sdn Bhd (MVP) was incorporated in 1986 as a joint venture company between Malaysian and Taiwanese shareholders. It main business is to engage in the manufacture and marketing of plywood.Mentakab Veneer & Plywood' factory which is a located at the 5th Mile, Jalan Karak, P.O. Box 12, 28400 Mentakab, Pahang Darul Makmur (Mentakab is strategically located 123 km from Kuala Lumpur, 181 km from KLIA and 192 km from Port Klang (major port in Malaysia), commenced plywood production in 1986 and marketed its product for local consumption and a small volume for export. Today, MVP is an active member of The Malaysian Panel-Products Manufacturer's Association (MPMA) and it manufactures Urea Formaldehyde, Phenol Formaldehyde and Melamine Urea Formaldehyde Plywood.
Mentakab has a daily night market (pasar malam) located along the Jalan Mok Hee Kiang stretch. At around 5pm, this road will be closed to motorists to make way for hawkers. Jalan Mok Hee Kiang is one of the street where most of the citizens often visit due to its wide variety of daily goods sold. Jalan Mok Hee Kiang is famous among Mentakab citizens.
Located between Taman Bukit Bendera and Taman Rimba in the western suburbs of Mentakab, Star Mall is the newest and largest shopping mall in the city. The mall was constructed by a private developer from Kuantan namely Sistem Duta Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary body of Kinsteel Bhd, owned by Tan Sri Dato' Pheng Yin Huah, a steel industry tycoon in Malaysia. Mentakab Star Mall consists three stories, and currently houses Mentakab's only cinema - a GSC.There is a Pacific supermarket in the mall.
Mentakab has one of the largest hypermarkets in the district of Temerloh, namely TF Value Mart and The Store. These department stores are located in the busiest area of Mentakab where the night market is just a stone's throw away. Traffic congestions however are common in this area. The traffic congestion becomes worse during peak hours.
Being the largest city in central Pahang, several major banking institutions of Malaysia have set up branches in Mentakab. There are also several inns around the city.
National schools (Sekolah Kebangsaan)
Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools
Mentakab is also very famous for its inter-racial unity; the population contains people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs. Religious houses such as mosques, churches, hindu temples, chinese temples, sikh gurdwara, buddhist monastery are abundant here.
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