Theme: Changing Community PEKAN ROYAL TOWN, PAHANG, MALAYSIA THEN, NOW AND NEXT
Changing Comunity Muhammad Azrullah bin Ibrahim Khabir Muhammad Fakhri bin Saadon
History Of Pekan According to the legand,Pekan got it’s name from a flower called Bunga Pekan which grew in abundance along the Pahang River.The flower is white,like the Jasmine but the species is now extinct and the current generation would not have a change to see or study this flower.In Pekan Town there is also a river called the Pekan River (near the Mengkasar Village) but there is no evidence that says Pekan got it’s name from this river.
The old name for Pahang was Inderapura,called Pahang Inderapura.PEKAN, it’s Royal Town is famous until now and was the capital of Pahang.BeforePahang was conqured by the Malay Malacca Sultanate,the Hindus (who spoke Sanskrit) called the capital of Pahang as Pura.At that time, even the Malays called it Pura (this is mentionedin the book Hikayat Sejarah Melayu 1997: item 73).
However,the Malays inhabiting the areas by the rivers Endau,Rompin, and Bebar called it Pekan Pahang.At that time, Pekan the Royal Town comprised of the districts located on the left and right of Sungai Pahang and Sungai Pahang Tua until upriver to Tanjung Langgar.The town of Pekan was divided into Pekan Baharu & Pekan Lama (New Pekan & Old Pekan ).The Royals and dignitaries resided in Pekan Lama.