Lukut


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HH Raja Bot bin Jumaat, regent of Selangor and Raja Lukut(1910).courtesy of Arkib Negara

Lukut lies just 7km from the seaside town of Port Dickson. What used to be an important tin mining area during the 19th century, the little town of Lukut has most been forgotten by most but a few older folk and residents. During the mid-1800s, the town was overrun by Chinese immigrants lured by the prospects of finding riches at the tin mines. There were constant scuffles between sectors of the communities for better mining areas. One young Chinese immigrant who came to Lukut and worked as a cook before heading off to Kuala Lumpur, was Yap Ah Loy. Yap Ah Loy was perhaps the greatest figure in the rise of Kuala Lumpur in the 1860's. (pls. refer to colonial experience- Kuala Lumpur for more on Yap Ah Loy).

Raja Bot bin Jumaat

Son of Raja Jumaat and last ruler of Lukut, Raja Bot was born in 1914. At age 11, on the invitation of Colonel Ronald Macpherson - the resident councillor of Malacca, Raja Bot was sent to an English school there, where he was to remain for two years. He utilised his time there effectively and applied his knowledge in helping to build Lukut town. Baba Chi Yam Chuan, a successful Chinese merchant who was instrumental in the growth of Lukut benefitted greatly from his help.

Raja Bot ascended the throne when his father died in 1884 and ruled until 1880. He faced many conflicts with neighbouring rulers and with depleting tin resources and poor management of the district, Raja Bot slowly and painfully lost his hold on Lukut. In 1878, the Sultan of Selangor agreed to trade off Lukut without consulting Raja Bot. Raja Bot challenged the decision in court, but after 2 years of of contesting, he gave up his standing for a compensation amounting to about RM17,000 as well as his possessions, lands and tenements.

For a while, Raja Bot had difficulty finding a job due to his poor track record and after 7 years, was appointed as 'penghulu' (headman) of Sungei Buloh. At Sungei Buloh, Raja Bot made headway in opening up the area for mining. He did well until he was dismissed in 1895. He continued to serve the community as member of Selangor State Council and was instrumental in the development of education and the railway system. Today, Raja Bot is more popularly remembered as a street name in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Accommodation and Packages to Lukut

Best bet is to make a day trip to Lukut from Port Dickson or Seremban