Before the Japanese invasion of Malaya, the Japanese…
Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory, Selangor State and Negeri Sembilan State constitute the Central Region, the country's powerhouse of economic growth. Within this region also lie Putrajaya, the new seat of the Federal government, KLIA (KL International Airport), Sepang International Circuit for F1 and other motorsports events, the Multimedia Super Corridor and Port Klang, the country's busiest port.
The Japanese occupied the Central Region from January 1942 until August 1945 (see the section on Kuala Lumpur) following the Battle of Slim River.
After the defeat of Jitra, the 11th Indian Division continued its withdrawal to the south of Malaya, pursued by the Japanese. The British High Command in Singapore planned to restore a defensive line on the Slim river, north of Kuala Lumpur. However the Indian infantry, exhausted its long retreat, was unable to prepare solid defensive positions before the Japanese attack.
On the 7th of January 1942, Japanese light tanks attacked first. Some of the tanks were destroyed by mines and grenades. However others broke through the Indian lines. Japanese infantry followed the tanks, overwhelmed Indian positions by bayonet charges. On the evening, the bridge on the Slim river was captured, Kuala Lumpur was within Japanese reach.
Many of the casualties of this battle are commemorated in the Taiping War Cemetery.
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