The majority of residents here are Malay. The town is (sadly) known for its role in World War II, which is later known as the Parit Sulong Massacre.
On 22nd April 1942, members of the Australian 8th Division and the Indian 45th Infantry Brigade became trapped near Parit Sulong Bridge. They fought hard but eventually ran out of ammo and food supplies. Some of them managed to escape, but about 300 soldiers were captured and executed by the Imperial Japanese Army.
The historical bridge has since been rebuilt, and becomes the landmark.
The town was again troubled by "Peristiwa Pedang Panjang" during the Malayan Emergency between 1948 and 1960.