Sunday, August 5, 2007

States Of Malaysia - Terengganu

From Wikipedia & Malaysiana1.

Terengganu Darul Iman (Pious Land) is situated between Kelantan and Pahang in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

The state is bordered by Kelantan to the north and west, the South China Sea to the east and Pahang to the south.

The state capital is the seaside town Kuala Terengganu.

Terengganu gets its name from the Tamil word Terenggani Yur meaning Hilly Country (Terenggani means Hill in Tamil and Yur means Country).

Terengganu has several offshore islands which are popular holiday destinations. They include Perhentian Island in Besut (Kampung Raja), Redang Island in Setiu (Bandar Permaisuri) and Kapas Island in Marang.

Terengganu’s population is 95 per cent indigenous Malaysian (Johoreans from Pahang), 3 per cent Chinese and 2 per cent Indians.

The state has seven districts namely Besut (Kampung Raja), Setiu (Bandar Permaisuri), Kuala Terengganu, Hulu Terengganu (Kuala Berang), Marang, Dungun and Kemaman (Cukai).

Terengganu was originally part of Pahang, and was thus, ruled by the Johor Empire. In 1720, Johor prince Tengku Zainal Abidin was installed as the first Sultan of Terengganu by his elder brother, Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah 4 of Johor and Pahang.

Oil was discovered in the South China Sea off the coast of Kemaman in the 1970s.

The mining of oil is entirely in the hands of the federal government in Kuala Lumpur, through national oil company Petronas.

Other forms of economic activity in the state include fishing and handicrafts. The tourism industry is also a major revenue earner for the state.

Terengganu is famous for its clean, sandy beaches and they include Rantau Abang and Tanjung Jara in Dungun.

Rantau Abang was once famous as a landing spot for the endangered leatherback turtle.

The Kenyir Dam in Kuala Berang is an angler’s paradise. It is the largest man-made lake in the country.

The most famous Terengganu delicacy is the fish sausage Keropok Lekor, made from sago flour and minced fish.

Another Terengganu specialty is Sata, a local variant of the Johorean Otak-Otak spicy fish dumpling.