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There are seventeen Chinese New Village in Melaka. In Machap Baru itself, there are at least 400 families, representing Melaka's largest Chinese New Village. As Hakka takes up to 80% in the population, it’s also called Hakka village.
Similar to others Chinese New VIllages all across the country, the village of Machap Baru was formed to prevent the spread of power of the Malaya Communist Party during the period of British colonisation. Fifteen years after Malaysian broke apart from British rule and gained its own independence, the government laid eyes on the location of the village and decided to build a dam nearby. The dam became the main water source for residents in Melaka. The government took the land and relocated new village to the current location — hence, the distinction is made between Machap Lama and Machap Baru.
Visit this quaint, charming little village far from the bustling city center, and discover the legacy of Hakka culture as well as the delicious local specialties here, all through the help of your friendly locals.