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The Pontian District is a district in southwest Johor, Malaysia. The name Pontian is also used in the names of two towns in the district, Pontian Besar and Pontian Kechil, of which the latter serves as its district capital. The capital was formerly a fishing village which has developed into a small town.

Pontian is noted for its variety of seafood which is sold at a reasonable price. Kukup is a famous fishing village about 20 km from Pontian Kechil. Notable national parks in Pontian include Tanjung Piai. Other notable towns in Pontian include Ayer Baloi and Benut, north of Pontian Kechil. To the south and east of Pontian Kechil respectively are the towns of Teluk Kerang and Pekan Nanas.

Especially along coastal areas, Pontian is populated by Malays of Bugis and Javanese descent. The Chinese community in Pontian predominantly belongs to the Fujian (Hokkien) dialect group.

This town is also site as the observatory to look for the crescent moon to mark the beginning of Muslim month of Ramadhan, Shawwal, and Zulhijjah, to celebrate fasting month of Ramadhan, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

Pontian Kechil is subdivided into few area namely:

  1. Jalan Kukup - South of Main Traffic Junction heading to Kukup.
  2. Jalan Bakek - North of Main Traffic Junction until Sg Pontian Kechil Bridge.
  3. Jalan Alsagoff - North of Sg Pontian Kechil Bridge until Sg Pontian Besar Bridge.
  4. Jalan Johor/Batu 36 - East of Main Traffic Junction heading to Johor Bahru.
  5. Jalan Parit Mesjid - East of Old Police Station Junction. Another Highly Populated Area.


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Jalan Alsagoff, Pontian

The name of Pontian transformed from a Malay word "Perhentian" which means a stop. Previously Pontian was a stop for both merchants and pirates. Pontian was also the landing point for Indonesian navy during Konfrontasi Malaysia-Indonesia during the 1960s.

Administrative divisions[]

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Pontian District Council

Pontian District is divided into 11 mukims, which are:[1]

  • Api Api
  • Ayer Baloi
  • Ayer Masin
  • Benut
  • Jeram Batu
  • Pengkalan Raja
  • Pontian Town
  • Rimba Terjun
  • Serkat
  • Sungai Karang
  • Sungai Pinggan

Places of interest[]


Pontian Kechil is a town and district capital of Pontian.

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Laman Diraja Pontian

Seaside places[]

  • Old Pontian seaside near Padang. A must-see photography spot for couples from the 1950s-2000s. Includes a rest-house, a helipad, children's playground and a newly-built royal park.
  • Perdagangan Pontian Seaside. A land reclamation area which creates Pontian Business Centre, New Bus Station and longer sealine for Pontian. Here you can have tea and mamak food by the sea.
  • Rambah Seaside; A renovated seaside located at Rambah Village. It is a wonderful seaside for couples to stargaze and enjoy at night.
  • Telok Kerang seaside; Very nice seaside with a sandy beach.
  • Pulau Pisang; An island with a lighthouse famous for its Kuini Fruit.
  • Pasar Awam Pontian (Public Market); Famous for its fresh-from-the-sea products and vegetables. Their Pontian Black Pomfret are a must buy.
  • Pineapple Plantation - Hundreds of acres of pineapples located at Ayer Baloi, Pekan Nanas and Parit Sikom. Has an endless view of pineapples. A nice place for photography. Pontian was once the largest exporter of pineapples in the world.
  • Tanjung Piai
  • Kukup


  • Bugis Museum
  • Pineapple Museum
  • Laman Diraja Pontian. A new landmark that has a smaller Royal Crown of Johor replica same as the one in Istana Bukit Serene.
  • Lian Hua Theater
  • Emporium
  • Parkson Ria
  • Nilai
  • Old Pasar now transformed to Billion Building


Secondary schools[]

  • Maktab Rendah Sains MARA Pontian
  • SMK Dato' Penggawa Barat
  • SMK Sri Perhentian
  • SMK Dato' Ali Haji Ahmad
  • SMK Ayer Baloi
  • SMK Benut
  • SMK Telok Kerang
  • SMK Sri Kukup
  • SMK Kayu Ara Pasong
  • SMK Pekan Nenas
  • SMK Dato' Mohd Yunos Sulaiman
  • Sek Men Agama Maahad Pontian
  • SMK Tan Sri Osman Mohd Sa'at
  • SMK Parit Betak
  • Pei Chun High School (Independent)
  • SMK Sri Tanjung
  • SMK Sri Bandar

Primary schools[]

  • SK Parit Sulaiman
  • SK Parit Rambai
  • SK Seri Bunian
  • SK Seri Sinaran Chokoh
  • SK Sungai Boh
  • SK Api-Api
  • SK Telok Kerang
  • SK Rambah
  • SK Rimba Terjun
  • SK Sungai Durian
  • SK Andek Mori
  • SK Serkat
  • SK Pekan Nanas
  • SJK (C) Gau San
  • SJK (C) Chien Hwa, Kampung Jawa
  • SJK (C) Chi Chih, Ayer Baloi
  • SK Tengku Mahmood Iskandar I & II
  • SJK (C) Pei Hwa, Telok Kerang
  • SK Bandar Pontian
  • SJK (C) Pei Chun 1&2
  • SJK (C) Tah Tong
  • SK Sungai Bunyi
  • SJK (C) Yu Ming 1 & 2, Pekan Nanas
  • SK Parit Sapran
  • SK Kayu Ara Pasong
  • SK Seri Al - Ulum
  • SJK (C) Cheow Min
  • SK Pulai Sebatang
  • SK Parit Kudus
  • SK Sri Kembar
  • SK Parit Markom
  • SJK(C) Siu Woon
  • SK penerok
  • SJK(T) Parit Ibrahim
  • SK Seri Pulai
  • SK Parit Selangor


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