UTHM @ Batu Pahat

UTHM is located in the middle west of Johor State in the district of Batu Pahat. Batu Pahat district is located 239km from Kuala Lumpur and 80km from Johor Bahru. Batu Pahat is a district rich in history and, amongst many theories, acquired its name “Batu Pahat” which means “chiseled stone” from the many quarries near the estuary. Batu Pahat is surrounded with palm tree plantations and other vegetation as well as lined with many rivers and streams.

Batu Pahat is also known for its small-medium sized industries such as textile, garments, electronics, rubber and food products. One of the well-known industries in Batu Pahat is the ceramic industry producing various tableware, sanitary-ware and art-ware products from clay.

The district of Batu Pahat has a population of about 249,604 local residents which is mainly comprised of Malays, Chinese and Indian.


                                                         Monument of Batu Pahat                                                                                                                                          Batu Pahat Flag



Major religions:

The major religions are Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism and Confucianism.There are two main mosques in Batu Pahat: Masjid Dato' Bentara Luar (located at Jalan Ampuan) and Masjid Sultan Ismail (located at Jalan Kluang).

Batu Pahat has over 400 Chinese temples, a reflection of its racial harmony. Some of these temples are beautifully renovated and thus have also become a tourist attraction. Many tourists, especially from Singapore, visit these temples and this has become part of the local economy. A unique Chinese temple located at Bukit Pasir is the Jian Nan Temple.


                                                                 Masjid Sultan Ismail                                                                                                                                         Jian Nan Temple


Shopping & Leisure:

Shoping centres can be found in abundance in Parit Raja town and Batu Pahat district. Students may choose to shop at local night markets or catch movies at shopping malls with ease. Students may also opt to bring families for a picnic at recreational parks and beaches surrounding Batu Pahat. Below are some of the attractions in Batu Pahat:

  1. Punggur Recreational Beach
  2. Minyak Beku Recreational Beach
  3. Y Lake Recreational Park
  4. Soga Perdana Recreational Forest
  5. Glow Park Wet World / Wet World Water Park

For more information regarding tourism in Malaysia generally, feel free to visit Tourism Johor and Tourism Malaysia website.


Batu Pahat is a haven for local Malaysian food. The best way to enjoy local Malaysian food, is to savour it with a cup of coffee brewed from locally grown coffee beans. Batu Pahat is also famous for its nasi bariani. This is a south Indian dish that has long been adopted by local people and now became a signature dish here. The bariani rice is served with either mutton, beef or chicken. Some places also sell vegetarian option. Some famous place for Nasi Bariani is Restoran Bariani Power in Taman Soga near the hospital or Nasi Beriani Md. Shah at the Medan Selera Benteng Peserai.

Batu Pahat is also famous for asam pedas dishes. These are slightly different from the ones served in Malacca. Famous asam pedas outlet is at Jalan Rahmat where there is about 5-6 restaurants all serving asam pedas with different variety in term of opening hours, type of fish and side dishes.