Chemor is a multiracial small town which initially very famour of tapioca plantation. Many of these planters are Hakkas. In the 80's Chemor boasts of being the biggest tapioca producing town in the world!
In late 80's the tapioca plantation was reduced and disappeared since there was heavy industrialization taken place. Silicon valley was the nickname given to Ipoh by early 90's and all main income of people was from this electronic industries. Bulk of the investment are from Taiwanese entrepreneurs taking advantage of the lower cost structures as well as abundance of skilled labors. The Chemor town remains the same as it was from 1974 until now 2007. The main difference is there are plenty of housing areas around the town. Most of the youth during the era of downfall of Silicon industries (1996 ) have moved to bigger cities since all the silicon factories was closed down due currency depreciation.
After the downfall of electronic industry near Chemor town, majority of people worked elsewhere and most of them worked out of Chemor. Chemor was notorious for a large number of illegal workers working in New York's and San Francisco's Chinatown, having went there on the pretext of 'tour' and did not make the return trip. The locals affectionately called this practice as "jumping the plane".
Rubber plantation was the second primary investment which started in 1970's up to year 1991. The reduction in rubber market have given a great impact on the rubber tappers and income was reduced greatly. Most of the rubber tree's were chopped down to get the log for carpentry works.
There is a village called Kanthan Baru in Chemor.About 1000 household.