Kuala Besut is a Malay Town in the making

Kuala Besut is a short 30 minutes drive from Pasir Puteh. Due to a short distance by road the two towns relate to one another in term of services and commercial activities.

Kuala Besut is located in Besut, Trengganu, whilst Pasir Puteh is located in the state of Kelantan. Another local center for commercial activities is Jertih, which is also located nearby and is a border town in the state of Kelantan.

I was driving through the towns to Kuala Lumpur a week ago. I saw the towns have switched from the scenes they used to be in the last 10 years. Along the coastline as you drive up to Kota Bharu there is a new strip of land zoned for tourism. This strip of land known as Tok Bali is clearly developing with waterfront resorts, albeit on a smaller scale.

Pasir Puteh has a small population of 140,000 people, whilst Besut has a smaller number of 133,000 people. They both represent about 7% of the size of the Hulu Langat District in term of demography.

The two towns are also the town that is wholly occupied by the Malay of Kelantan and Trengganu descents.

As the result from the death of Dr A Rahman, Kuala Besut will have a by-election this month on 24 of July to select a new state representative. Current registered voters of Kuala Besut are about 23,000, and the late Dr A Rahman won with majority of more than 2,300 votes in the last general election.

Kuala Besut is famous for island resorts which are found on the Islands of Perhentian, and along its beach front as well. While visiting the Islands that the other day I found out that they have been improved with public facilities which include Police Quarters, a new Mosque, shop lots and food stalls on the smaller Islands, Perhentian Kecil.

Whilst the other island is developed with various well-known resorts including the Coral View. Transport serving the resorts between island is in the form of speed boats operated by the local fishermen under the supervision of the island’s services committee group.

Kuala Besut town has a 7 Eleven shop which you can get local newspaper as early as 7 am in the morning. Boat facilities to the islands open business at 8 am in the morning and the cost of a return ticket to the islands is RM50.

With 130,000 people in Besut area, almost 97% of Malay origin, Kuala Besut town can excel well into the next century as a tourist center. A complete new waterfront shopping area with all modern facilities to cater for tourists and the population would add value to enhance the social and commercial activities for this small town. By doing this new development in the town it will also improve the surrounding areas including Tok Bali.

In my view, Pas’s choice in naming Husam Musa as the director of the election for Kuala Besut stems from his experiences  in Tok Bali and the well-being of the population in Pasir Puteh areas, while in the Pas’s State Government. These experiences can give him a headway in his campaign. But then, high expectation of a return winner is on the BN’s candidate. He is young and a professional engineer by profession. He is a better bet for the town to stay relevant as a tourist destination for years to come.

SELAMAT MENGUNDI.

UMNO boosting its protecting the Malay

20130706-155909.jpg

20130706-155927.jpg

20130706-155944.jpg

20130706-160003.jpg

20130706-160017.jpg

20130706-160035.jpg

Pasir Puteh.

This township is situated within the province of Kelantan, a Pas’s territory.

Almost 90% shops are occupied by Malay‘s consumer good distributors. It is almost the reverse in the west coast towns where Chinese are monopolizing the ownership of commercial domains.

We know UMNO always say it helps Malay!. BUT in the west coast towns, UMNO is seen helping the Chinese by monopolizing the commercial areas moment the towns or town extensions are built, which is then means it is more in helping the Chinese than helping the Malays.

The thing is that UMNO is condemned by the Chinese, that it is a racist party. What form of racism then when it helps develop the Chinese be  the master in consumer good distribution more than the same thing towards the Malays?.

Distribution is a lousy job because you only have to distribute people’s products to your community. That’s how it is. You don’t need to be a nuclear scientist to become a distributor of consumer good but that is it, the Chinese make it so difficult for Malays to set up it around our area. Definitely the Chinese have manipulated the market for their interest in monopolizing the commercial areas in the new towns.

PAS has done a better job in this aspect of politicking, despite what’s UMNO has said about this party. It has acquired the skills required in Malay to become distributors in their hometown and rejecting Chinese chauvinists out.

UMNO, you need to learn more from PAS. Don’t underestimate this party.

PS| A shop owned by a Malay in Pasir Puteh known as Asal Bukan China Dap : ABCD. The Malays in Kelantan know better than other Malays in UMNO.