Hearing the name Rawang will never be the same again.
To those unfamiliar with this satellite town, the name Rawang will probably paint a grainy picture of a sleepy town scattered with old buildings, great food and with its old cinema still standing proud — and probably not much else. When in fact, the town Rawang that dates all they way back to 1825 is not only rich in history, but also loaded in interesting facts that will make you want to pack your bags and reside here permanently.
Here are some awesome facts you need to know about Rawang.
1. It was the first town in Malaysia to receive electricity
In 1894, the first electric generator was installed in Rawang by two tycoons, Loke Yew and Thamboosamy Pillai to power the mining industry that was flourishing at the time. As a result, Rawang was the first town in Malaya to utilize electric pumps for tin mining, and in the same year Rawang town received a private supply of electric street lights. The Rawang Railway Station was also the first in Malaya that had an electricity supply to power the lamps and fans.
2. It was once the capital of Gombak
Believe it or not, before Rawang became the district it is today, it was once the capital of Gombak. However in 1997, the capital was moved to Selayang Newtown also known as Bandar Baru Selayang. For reasons, we know not!
3. It is famous for its Tilapia dishes
If you’re a massive fan of Wantan Mee, Restoran R Cheng Fei Zhou Yu‘s Tilapia version of this noodle dish will most definitely satisfy all your cravings!
You heard it right, this restaurant has taken an ordinary dish of Wantan Mee and given it a unique Rawang spin by adding fresh Tilapia. There are six flavour options to choose from: golden mushroom (classic with steamed tilapia, enoki, garlic, & ginger), bean sauce (brown bean sauce with deep fried tilapia, deep fried ( with some chili), classic oiled (steamed with soya sauce, oil and tonnes of fried garlic), curry and tomyam.
Talk about choices! Each dish costs a mere RM13. If you’re in the area, don’t forget to also give steamed Tilapia a shot — another dish Rawang is famous for.
4. It boasts one of the tallest highways in Asia
The opening of the 9km toll-free highway, Rawang Bypass, last year has reduced travelling time during peak hours from Rawang to the City Centre from the incredibly painful two-hour journey to just 30 minutes; in fact, you can travel to KL from Serendah and Selayang in less than 30 minutes.
The bypass features the famous 2.7km elevated stretch which stands at 58.2 metres and had earned it its reputation as the tallest highway in Malaysia as well as one of the tallest highway structures in Asia. Long gone are Rawangite’s worry about having to wake up at an ungodly hour to battle traffic congestion during peak hours just to get to work
5. It’s not as far you think
Skeptical? Let us do the calculation for you.
The estimated calculated distance between Rawang and Kuala Lumpur City is approximately 30km via Route 1 (Jalan Rawang) and 34km via Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan. Meanwhile, those who swear by living in Klang would have to travel 43km via Lebuhraya Baru Lembah Klang or 36km via Federal Highway to get to the city centre.
It is almost equivalent to travelling from Shah Alam to Kuala Lumpur, with the distance of 32.4km via Lebuhraya Utara-Selatan and 30.4km via Federal Highway. Bonus: The distance between Kajang to KL from via Lebuhraya Cheras is 30km. See it’s not as far as it’s made out to be!
6. Its terrace homes record high y-o-y capital growth
Properties in Rawang have been performing really well of late, thanks to the rapid development going on there. Among the segment that recorded the highest number of transaction as of November 2017 is the terrace house segment at 588 with 9.1% y-o-y capital growth; It also has the highest median price increase at 10.7%.
That’s not all, Bungalows in Rawang boast the highest y-o-y capital growth at a whopping 21%, while on the other end of the spectrum, flats prove to be quite a popular choice fetching the highest rental yield at 5.8%.
7. It is home to some of the best new development projects
In the past years, Rawang has attracted many property developers to explore its potential as a thriving city. For those looking for a first home or planning to upscale, there are plenty of new developments available here to choose from. Some of these reputable developers such as Mah Sing has launched attractive campaigns such as the Desire Campaign that offer ready-to-move-in homes to help ease purchaser’s burden and relieve them off the tedious buying and renovating process.
Under the Desire Campaign, its Rawang project, M Residence 2 offers easy ownership scheme with low down payment as well as fully furnished renovation package with interior design (ID). Other attractive hassle-free perks include free ID consultation, free moving services, free temporary storage space, and a myriad of other attractive offerings. So all you have to do at the end of your buying process is pack your bags and move in!
To find out more about the Desire Campaign you can call 03-92120188 or visit the Desire Campaign Official Website.