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The Kelantan Delta: Pulau Suri.

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Pulau Suri or locally best known as Kampung Pulau Suri is a traditional fishing village in the realm of Tumpat, Kelantan. The village is located within the cluster of islands at the Kelantan river-mouth. Besides Pulau Suri, Pulau Teluk Renjuna is also one of the islands that have become a settlement for the local community. Pulau Suri which is named after a village mid-wife, is situated at the mouth of the Kelantan River, close to South China Sea. Nearly 70 houses in Pulau Suri are occupied by about 435 residents, who are mostly fishermen. This village retains the characteristics of Malay villages is also famous for home-stays.

There were two jetties that connecting the islands and the mainland which are Kok Majid jetty in Tumpat for a 40-minute boat ride to Pantai Suri and Kuala Besar jetty in Kota Bharu for a 15 minute boat ride. The journey took me through several tributaries of the river dotted by villages. Kuala Besar, branches off from the main road heading for Pantai Cahaya Bulan (formerly Pantai Cinta Berahi). Kuala Besar is a big river-mouth and is the nearest take-off point to the islands especially for those who come straightaway from Kota Bharu. The other take-off point to the islands is Pengkalan Kok Majid in Sungai Pinang, Tumpat which is a bit far to Pulau Suri unless to the Pulau Beluru and Pulau Teluk Renjuna. Sekolah Kebangsaan Pulau Beluru, located in Pulau Beluru is the only primary school in the clusters of small island catering for the needs of education among the residents of the surrounding areas. Kampung Kok Majid, which is on the main land, is a place where the island residents go to perform their daily transactions as a range of infrastructures are available there.

There are about more than 30 islands around the estuary of Sungai Kelantan. It’s a cluster of islands in a delta, formed by soil sediment deposited by the river hundred years ago. Only 13 inhabited islands in the delta, the biggest were Pulau Teluk Renjuna, Pulau Beluru and Pulau Suri. The others were Pulau Gorek, Pulau Besar, Pulau Seratus, Pulau Gagak, Pulau Tongkang, Pulau Hj. Nik Mat, Pulau Pak Ali, Pulau Cendur, Pantai Kuda. Among the islands where the settlements are built are Kampung Pantai Haji Nik Mat, Kampung Pulau Seratus, Pulau Teluk Renjuna and Kampung Pulau Beluru. These villages are connected by Sungai Kelantan, the source of living and communication for the residents here. Pulau Suri is quite serene, something one could expect from a kampong with very limited development. There is a feeling of quietness and silence. The only motorised vehicles are the motorcycles and they are few in number. Occasionally one will hear the sound of the motorboat engines from a distance.

The riverbanks were lined with Nipah palms and further inland, rows and rows of coconut trees.  At the jetty, I was surprised to discover that Pulau Suri was not quite typical island with sandy beaches, swaying palms and surrounded by blue sea. In fact, it doesn’t look like an island at all. There were many other islands, including “Teluk Jjuno”, as spoken in local dialect for Pulau Teluk Renjuna. There are also Pulau Beluru and Pulau “Toke” (Tongkang). All in, there are 13 islands, big and small within the Tumpat realm, a fact I recently discovered during the visit that there are more than 20 home-stays. The 20 home-stay facilities are mostly one-bedroom, owner occupied and have basic facilities.

Apart from Pulau Suri, I planned to explore the other nearest islands which are Pulau Beluru and Pulau Teluk Renjuna that were connected by narrow bridges. The 3 main islands are inter-connected,  Pulau Suri, Pulau Beluru and Pulau Teluk Renjuna. These are the islands that I cycled through. From Pulau Suri, I had to cross to Pulau Beluru, which is a short distance of under 3kms before heading to Pulau Teluk Renjuna. The village was modern looking, with narrow roads, lots of fruit trees and friendly people but I felt there were fewer attractions here than in Pulau Pantai Suri. The village sits at the estuary of the Kelantan River near Tumpat, and is near the South China Sea.

I got a glimpse of the life of the villagers’, most of whom are fishermen, as they go out to sea early in the morning and went home at noon. There are no cars here, only motorcycles and bicycles used which is rented by the villagers. Most villagers prefer to walk as the homes are situated closely to one another. As you walk, feel the sand under your feet. The coconut trees’ swaying gently in the wind and everyone knows everyone in the village of 450 people. Then, I decided to take a detour to the river-mouth where the muddy ‘teh tarik’ coloured water met the light green sea that become a ‘playing ground’ for the fishermen’s son. In the distance was the darker green and blue of the South China Sea.

Take a look at Kelantan river-mouth along the Delta of Kelantan to the estuary from satellite images.

Satellite Image of Northern Tumpat.

Zoom in to the cluster of Islands.

Close to the coastal which is South China Sea in the north.


View from Pengkalan Kok Majid Jetty in Sungai Pinang, Tumpat.

Looking at Pulau Teluk Renjuna which is opposite to Kok Majid Jetty

Small island in front of the jetty which is Kuala Besar in the background.

The babies of Island touch down into the mainland of Tumpat.

Kok Majid Jetty from the river.


Journey from Kuala Besar Jetty.

View from Kuala Besar Jetty.

Heading to Pulau Suri. Escape the hustle and bustle for a rural experience.

Pulau Teluk Renjuna from the boat.

Pulau Tongkang is opposite to Kuala Besar Jetty.

Reflection: LKIM Jetty in Kuala Besar.

We will have to cruise a narrow and shallow river between the Islands before arrives at Pulau Suri.

The river entrance to Pulau Suri that located far inside, in which Pulau Tongkang on the right and Pulau Teluk Renjuna on the left. Crusing the river estuary.

Boat from Pulau Suri go back and forth and became an essentially important transport to the villagers.

Pulau Beluru located behind Pulau Teluk Renjuna, connected by narrow bridge to Pulau Suri

Lush greenery & coconut trees becomes an inviting sight to Pulau Suri.

Serenity and tranquillity prevails on the river to the island.

At last, I arrived. It took nearly 10-15 minutes from Kuala Besar jetty.

Pulau Suri Jetty. Villagers are waiting for the boat to the Kuala Besar jetty.

Welcome to Kampung Pulau Suri !

The roads, more accurately, the paths meander through the villages. At several stretches, the paths are wide concrete which makes cycling easier. At several older stretches, potholes can be expected

The main entrance erected 50 meters from the jetty.

A home-stay at Pulau Suri. The village has been chosen to promote the home-stay program because the people here still maintain their traditional lifestyle and home environment.

Another home stay as I went through inside the village.

Meet the Goat ! with monkeys lurking in the background.

and The Sheep ! Goats and sheep wander aimlessly, chewing on small shrubs.

Don't forget, Mr. Darwin. The Malay used to say 'Rajuk Si Kera'. 🙂

The Kids playing around.

At the end of the path of Kampung Pulau Suri. At the back of Pulau Suri was Pulau Pantai Baru.

A glimpse in the life of a fisherman's son

Everything seems peaceful here.

Nipah palm stands on alongside the riverbank. Nipah is a kind of palm ( palm ) who grew up in the mangroves or tidal area near the waterfront.

Scenes of the estuary.

Farewell ride from Pulau Suri.


Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

October 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM

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Inilah masanya, Sultan Muhammad V.

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Sultan Muhammad V di Majlis Mesyuarat Raja-Raja baru-baru ini.

Bismillah, junjung kasih dan tahniah daripada saya rakyat marhean keseluruhannya kepada Sultan Kelantan Malikussoleh, KDYMM Sultan Muhammad ke V yang baru sahaja dimasyhurkan sebagai Timbalan Yang diPertuan Agong, semoga Allah SWT melimpahkan keberkatan dan kesejahteraan yang berpanjangan buat KDYMM Tuanku al-Sultan Kelantan. Allahuakbar!

Inilah masanya, inilah masanya yang ditunggu-tunggu rakyat Kelantan khasnya & Malaysia secara umumnya ingin melihat seorang Sultan berjiwa rakyat bergandingan dengan seorang Sultan berjiwa Islamik kesayangan rakyat jelata. Majlis Raja-Raja dalam mesyuarat khasnya Jumaat (14 Oct 2011) bersetuju mengisytihar Sultan Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V dipilih menjadi Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong untuk tempoh lima tahun berkuatkuasa pada 13 Disember manakala Sultan Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah dipilih sebagai Yang di-Pertuan Agong yang baru bagi tempoh sama.

Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra

Rakyat ingin melihat kelainan corak pemerintahan untuk tempoh 5 tahun seterusnya. Semoga sinar roh Islamik al-Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V dapat dirasai oleh seluruh rakyat Malaysia. Untuk rekod, Sultan Kelantan pertama yang dilantik ke jawatan seumpamanya ialah Sultan Yahya Petra pada 21 September 1970  hingga 20 September 1975 sebelum ditabal sebagai Yang Dipertuan Agong ke-6 pada penggal berikutanya. Ketika Sultan Yahya Petra dilantik menjadi Timbalan Yang di Pertuan Agong, Sultan Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah ditabal sebagai Yang di Pertuan Agong ke-5 dari tarikh yang sama. Perkara sama berulang hampir 30 kemudian apabila cucunda baginda, Sultan Kelantan, Malikussoleh Sultan Muhammad ke-V bakal sekali lagi digandingkan dengan Sultan Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah yang mana bakal memegang jawatan Yang di Pertuan Agong kali kedua dalam sejarah pelantikan Yang di Pertuan Agong di Malaysia.

Sebelum ini, Sultan Kelantan yang pertama dilantik sebagai Yang Dipertuan Agong ialah Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim merupakan Yang diPertuan Agong ke-6 dari 21 September 1975 hinggalah kepada kemangkatan baginda pada 29 Mac 1979. Bahan bacaan terdahulu berkenaan pemerintahan Sultan Yahya Petra disini.

Sultan Muhammad ke-V bakal dimasyhurkan sebagai Timbalan Yang di Pertuan Agong pada Disember nanti.

Sejarah tercipta pada 4 Syawal 1431H bersamaan 13 September 2010 Di Balai Rong Seri Istana Balai Besar Kota Bharu Sultan Kelantan yang ke-29, Sultan Muhammad Faris Petra dimasyhurkan. Baginda dengan serentak menggunakan nama Sultan Muhammad Ke-V sebagai nama rasmi. Rakyat Kelantan gembira diatas pemasyhuran Tuanku! Serentak dengan itu juga, Tarikh sambutan hari keputeraan yang baru telah diwartakan pada 11 & 12 November menggantikan tarikh sambutan tahunan pada 30 & 31 Mac sebelum ini. Disamping itu juga,  penggantian seruan “Daulat Tuanku” kepada seruan “Allahu Akbar” telah dibuat menggambarkan baginda seorang yang mementingkan sifat kekhalifahan yang mendaulatkan keesaan Allah sebagai kuasa mutlak.  Allahu Akbar!  Allahu Akbar!  Allahu Akbar!

Inilah bakal Timbalan Yang di Pertuan Agong kita ! 

Sultan Muhammad V dengan 'pakaian rasmi' Baginda.

Allahu Akbar ! Allahu Akbar ! Allahu Akbar !

Written by Muhammad Ismail Ibrahim

October 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM

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