Kuala Kubu Baru is a sleepy little town approx. 1 hour north of KL. Previously, there was a town called Kuala Kubu nearby. In February 1883 the Kuala Kubu town was destroyed by a great flood caused by a broken dam near the town. Many of civillians were drowned and lost their home. Among others included a district officer of Kuala Kubu during British era, Cecil Ranking. However, the old town was severely flooded and most of the old town’s facilities were damaged beyond repair. A Buddhist temple and a mosque survived the flood. The old town has since been known as Ampang Pecah, or Broken Dam in the Malay language. The tragedy was probably known as Tragedi Kuala Kubu by local civilians.
After the tragedy, the British government decided to build a new town near the old town. The new town was named Kuala Kubu Bahru, with Bahru meaning new in the Malay language. Residential houses have been developed since the 1980’s in the previously abandoned old town, or Ampang Pecah. Most inhibitants are from the nearby new town of Kuala Kubu Bahru. The redevelopment of Ampang Pecah, the site of the old town, was a natural progression on the organic growth of the new township of Kuala Kubu Bahru. A monument was built here to commemorate the Kuala Kubu tragedy.
There is now a new dam, Sungai Selangor Dam, north of KKB which has created a huge new reservoir and taken away about 9km of the old KKB to Fraser’s Hill road.
Sungai Selangor Dam. Get a view of the dam on you drive up to Fraser’s Hill – make a stop over at the Splash Information Centre. For directions to get there, look for the first visible sight of the dam when you are driving from the town of Kuala Kubu Bahru towards Fraser’s Hill. Keep an eye out on the left side of the road for the Splash Information Centre. Ample parking is available.
At this new & modern information centre with air condition and great views of the dam, you will also find pertinent information on how the dam came about. Worth a stop over if you are in Kuala Kubu Bahru.