Sempang Kang (Simpang) 新邦港

Sempang Kang (variant: Seng Pan Kang, Seng Pang Kang) was sited by Sungei Simpang. A survey published in the Straits Times on 18 May 1855 showed that it was cultivated with gambier, pepper and nutmeg, and had 176 coolies.

Sempang

Location map (obtained from ijamestann.blogspot.sg)

Pre-1860 Newspaper reports

Sempang appeared from old newspaper article to be a place well out-to-reach from the authorities, with at least three cases of violence reported in the 1850s.

The Singapore Free Press reported on 27 September 1850 about the case of a plantation owner by the name Cheah Teng Kee who was assaulted, tied up and robbed by a gang of Chinese.
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Two months later, another planter from Choo Chwee Kang (location unknown) was ambushed by a gang hidden in the jungles on his way back from Sempang Kang. (The Singapore Free Press, 15 November 1850)
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The Straits Times recorded on 4 September 1855 the statement of Tey You Leang, a boatman from Sempang Kang who was attacked for no known reason by a small group of Malays while ferrying a man across to Johore. The worst was feared for the passenger Tan Kong Koey.
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