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WORLD WAR II IN KELATTÉ : Hello Gong Limau, Goodbye Pak Amat ...

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Hello Gong Limau,

Goodbye Pak Amat .....

Today, 8th of December 2009, marks the 68th year since the Imperial Japanese Army made the historical, not-so-surprise landing on the shore of Kuala Pak Amat in Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Bharu.

This initial attack on British position started just 90 minutes before the attack on Pearl Harbour began, and is now claimed by more and more war historians to be the real spark that ignited World War II in the Pacific, instead of the overly publicized Pearl Harbour ....


    Japanese Occupation

    By December 9 1941, with an additional reinforcement troops, the Japanese moved
    into Kota Bharu town after occupying the Pengkalan Chepa airport a day earlier. The
    British continued their withdrawal to Kuala Krai and then to Terengganu. By 22
    December 1941, the Japanese completely occupied Kelantan. Although Japanese
    attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on 7 December 1941, due to the time difference,
    the Japanese actually attacked Kota Bharu one and a half hours earlier

    Source :

The landing marked the beginning of Japanese takeover of the entire Malay Archipelago and the end of the British Empire in the East. The rest, like you and me already know, is history, which is currently either being thought at schools in various versions or exaggerated in Western movies and documentaries.

Looking back, the invasion took place just minutes after midnight, in a pitch dark moonless night, during the height of the year's monsoon season. It was immediately met with fierce resistance from the awaiting British force. Reliable sources dictate that the British fired first, resulting the Japanese to lose one transport ship ( the Awajisan Maru ) off the coast of Kuala Pak Amat. Casualties were heavy on both sides but is said to be greater on the Japanese, but somehow the invasive force managed to push through the defender's line, across the minefields and barbed wires and took their first prize in the Malayan Campaign, the British military airstrip of Pengkalan Chepa.

The British, on the other hand, managed to retreat further inland, leaving behind their previously heavily guarded front line positions, that included a number of scattered but strategically positioned pillboxes, among which, one that I recently found in Gong Limau, a small Chinese burial ground enclave just across the road from the former airstrip, now a civilian airport ...

While this lone pillbox somehow survived the test of time and development activities, other pillboxes were not faring as good. Some were already destroyed to give way to modern day constructions while many were mercilessly dragged into the sea, by coastal erosion which is still ravaging the entire length of Kelantanese coastline. Ferociously gorging the famous beaches of Kelantan including the first landing site - Pantai Kuala Pak Amat.

It's kinda sad that it has to be like this, ironically when it is possible to do something about it. While World War II famous battlegrounds in Europe is being preserved for the current and future generation to learn a lesson from, we are losing ours in Malaysia, particularly Kuala Pak Amat in Kelantan, the first landing point cum battleground during the Malayan Campaign, at speed faster than previously expected.

The site is currently in total mess, in a very sad and disappointing state.
Debris of many sort, consisting mainly of fallen, dead coconut tree trunks which used to line the shore, now littered the landscape. Seriously ravaged by erosion, even a War Memorial, placed there few years back by the local authority, had joined some of the front-line pillboxes on the sea floor. The locals are not spared either. Most houses, had gone into the sea, crushed by the waves, leaving only a handful of houses now waiting for their turn, with some already left emptied by their worried inhabitants ...

Now, while I am glad to find another still-in-good-shape pillbox to add to my ' personal findings ' list, I am also at the same time, feeling quite devastated by the current condition of Pantai Kuala Pak Amat ...

While I am saying hello to Gong Limau ...

.. perhaps I should say good bye to Kuala Pak Amat ...

... this time, maybe for good ~

* ~ sigh ~

* The Pillbox of Gong Limau ...

... is now standing within a perimeter of a house.

The house, believed to be a squatter, was built next to it some time ago and was
eventually extended to include this pillbox as a part of its wall. Interestingly, during my
visit, the owner voluntarily exclaimed that no harm was done, or intended on the structure.

Indeed, unlike the one by the Kelantan River or the one, now gone at Taman Bendahara,
the pillbox is still in an excellent shape and condition. Except for the piles of rubbish
dumped inside, the structure is much like it was when first built by the British just days
before the Japanese landed nearby.

* The pillbox largest loophole ...

.. is the most distinctive in shape and of course, in size.

It was probably meant for machine gun placement - either for the commonly issued
British Bren Gun or the less likely American made Browning M1919.

I like how they engineered the pillbox, though a simple structure, entirely consists of
carefully arranged blocks of reinforced concrete, the design and emplacement each
loophole is truly worth studying. Like the one shown above, were designed so that the
gunner could take corner shot without taking in return fire from the same corner.

* The entrance into the pillbox ....

... as seen behind the potted plants, partly covered by the small tree.

The yellow wall on the right is a part of the extended house.

* The inside look of the pillbox

Good condition, except for the overwhelming piles of rubbish, old tires and other
unwanted items. An excellent " hideout " for snakes and other venomous creepy
crawlies. An eye-sore for sure ...

Considering of my own well being, I decided not to venture deeper and only managed
to take a couple of shots of the inside from this angle.

* Present day Pantai Kuala Pak Amat ....

Honestly, this is not the actual landing point.

The true " Kuala Pak Amat " which saw the first landing is now a point somewhere
a mile from the current shoreline. However, since it is a part of the attack route
where the fiercest battle took place and in fact, is still technically a part of Kuala Pak
Amat itself, it would still be perfectly okay to regard it as the " first landing point ".

Believe it or not, this area was once a fertile farmland, which sat on a higher ground
on thick layer of alluvial clay. The locals worked the land with paddy and vegetables
until erosion started to set in, about decade or so ago, giving way to sea water to
enter the area and poisoned the earth.

Now, the erosion had reduced the once fertile stretch into the above sight, somewhat
lifeless sandy terrain with dead tree trunks and plant debris, as far as the eyes could

* A gazebo, seemingly waiting for a plunge

This is not a scene from Baywatch and Pamela Anderson surely did not need a
gazebo as her lookout point.

This gazebo is actually one of the now remaining two ( the other is just behind the two
standing men ) from the original three (?) that used to make up the Kuala Pak Amat
Japanese Landing Memorial Site, which originally consisted of a memorial stone
topped with ship gun replicas, an " altar " and some gazebos, built by the local authority
to commemorate the historical landing.

The following photo, taken from an article previously published in The Star Online
( October 2, 2009 ), shows the memorial site before it disappeared beneath the waves :

* click photo for the original source ...

* Parts of a pre-war culvert ....

... which was built by a Japanese spy, known simply among the locals as ' Ayah Kawa '

( probably a corrupted Japanese surname of " Ayukawa " = Japanese : 鮎川 @ アユカワ ).

The Japanese Military had been planning the landing for many months prior.
For that, they planted a network of Japanese spies in the area, operated by Japanese
nationals who supplied steady streams of specific information back to Japan, on the
local geography, British military installations, their movements and other things
crucial for an invasion plan.

Interestingly, the spies albeit being Japanese ( whom the British must have grown
pretty suspicious of ), played along by " masking " their espionage activities
with innocent daily businesses, from selling sweets to offering haircuts to the locals.

The following excerpt explains :


    "They worked as barbers, photographers, pottery makers, cake vendors,
    miners and fishermen.

    "Two of these spies in Kelantan were known as Ayah Kawa and Tok Kelepet.

    "They were friendly with the locals and spoke the Kelantanese dialect fluently.

    "Ayah Kawa made a culvert for irrigating the padi fields and this is still in use
    today at Kuala Pa' Amat."

    Mustapha said Tok Kelepet used to bake and sell kuih klepet (love letters) on
    his bicycle around the village. He gave them away to children for free.

    Source :
    " Japanese had planted spies in Kota Baru ", The New Straits Times, 28 Jan 2009

* What now left of Kuala Pak Amat's Tiram Beach Resort ...

.. are only ruins of its once beautiful wooden chalets and a stagnant pool colonized
by mudskippers ... on adrenaline !

The owner might be in a devastated state as the beach itself.


The followings are my previous entries on World War II in Kelantan and things related :

WWII British Pillboxes in Kelantan :

( that I have found and documented in the past )

20 Jun 2008 : WORLD WAR 2 PILLBOX IN KELANTAN : Pantai Irama & Pantai Pulau Belongan ( 2 )

8 Dec 2007 : WORLD WAR 2 PILLBOX IN KELANTAN : The Pillbox of Pantai Kundor

8 DEC 2006 : WORLD WAR 2 PILLBOX IN KELANTAN : Pantai Irama & Pantai Pulau Belongan , Bachok

20 AUG 2006 : WORLD WAR 2 PILLBOX IN KELANTAN : Jubakar, Tumpat

8 DEC 2005 : WORLD WAR 2 PILLBOX IN KELANTAN : Jalan Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Bharu

11 AUG 2005 : WORLD WAR 2 PILLBOX IN KELANTAN : Jalan Tok Hakim, Kota Bharu

10 AUG 2005 : WORLD WAR 2 PILLBOX IN KELANTAN : Pantai Melawi, Bachok

WWII Related Stuffs :

20 AUG 2006 : ( 2 ) MENJEJAK KISAH AL-HADID : ~ Dari Temangan ke Jubakar ~

19 AUG 2006 : ( 1 ) MENJEJAK KISAH AL-HADID : ~ Dari Temangan ke Jubakar ~

7 JUN 2006 : Meet The Guillemard !

30 APR 2006 : WORLD WAR 2 IN JAPAN : A visit to Yasukuni Shrine & Yushukan ( Japanese War Memorial )

5 NOV 2005 : IMPERIALISM : What did we learn ?


4 JAN 2004 : WORLD WAR 2 IN JAPAN : Hiroshima ~ The Beginning Of The End


The Star Online, July 19 - 2007, " Erosion swallows up historic WWII site "

Sager Ahmad, John Tiong, " End of Western rule ", NST Online

General Yamashita - the master deceiver

Zaf-Malaya's Blog : The Last Fortress



    Wahai tikar pandan terbang !
    Bawaklah kami ke negara Pasir Berdenguu~ng !

    Zam zam alla kazam !

    Miyo toukai no sora akete
    Kyoku jitsu takaku kagayakeba
    Tenchi no seiki hatsuratsu to
    Kibou wa odoru oyashima

    Kami tiga sahabat
    nasib timbul tenggelam
    Susah hanya sekejap
    senang pun tak lama .....

    From :

    " Laksamana Do Re Mi " - P.Ramlee, A.R. Tompel, Ibrahim Din ( 1972 )

When the late Tan Sri P.Ramlee sang the song, together with the late
A.R. Tompel and Ibrahim Din in the above scene from Laksamana Do Re Mi (1972),
many, especially younger audiences thought that the trio made it up to mock a
Japanese song while some even saw it as another brilliant gibberish born
from the director's ( P.Ramlee ) witty mind.

But in fact, they were actually singing to the tune of a well known, most famous Japanese
war-time patriotic song called " Aikoku Koushinkyoku " ( 愛国行進曲 ) i.e. the " Patriotic March ".
P.Ramlee had adopted the first opening four lines and had them incorporated into his
own amusing lines in Malay. Though the combination does not make any sense at
all apart from being hilarious, they did have the wordings correct, with amazingly
accurate pronunciation !

The Japanese military first introduced the Aikoku Koushinkyoku to Tanah Melayu
during their 4 years of occupation. It was taught to the masses particularly at schools.
At the time, the locals were expected to know it, to sing it or at least to stand up to the
song with full respect. It was however, not the Japanese national anthem ( which was
and still is the Kimigayo ) but it was projected to a level almost as equal by the
Japanese militarism, with the intention of invoking pride and fighting spirit among
the Japanese ( particularly the soldiers ) as well as instilling the anti-Western
stance among the locals under their " Asia for Asians " banner.

For those who lived through the era as a teenager or an adult or even as a child, the
song was nothing strange. It was so forced upon the population that it literally stuck
to their minds and is still much memorized and recognizable by the survivors today,
long after the war had ended, like to P.Ramlee and his companions. The three
surely sang it from their memories !

This is the original version of the song, from a 1943 war-time Japanese film :

* A better one, a 1938 Japanese war propaganda film, showing the technological
progress and political gain achieved by Japanese industries and war machines,
with the song streaming in the background.

* Or here, the karaoke version of it ( with voice though ). Recommended for those
who could read Japanese.

* The whole translation ( with download-able mp3 too ! )

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FILLER ENTRY : Monograf Bersiri Warisan Kelantan



Monograf Bersiri Warisan Kelantan

Tajuknya dua patah sahaja,

" Warisan Kelantan " ...

Sebuah monograf, yakni satu koleksi kertas kajian, esei akademik dan seumpamanya tentang sesuatu topik oleh berbilang pengkaji dan pakar akademik dari pelbagai latarbelakang, kepakaran, pengalaman, gaya pemikiran dan kepercayaan ! *

* kepercayaan, bukan ' agama ', tetapi dalam erti kata, " historical outlook " dari kepercayaan peribadi ...

Keluaran pertama terbit pada tahun 1982 dan ayahanda saya pernah mengikutinya.
Tetapi tidaklah setiap keluaran. Kalau tak silap, hanya sempat dua atau tiga keluaran awal sahaja. Itu pun tidak berturutan, atau pun yang lain telah hilang ?

Semasa muda-muda dulu, saya gemar juga membeleknya.
Bukan kerana saya minat bacaan berat sebegini, cuma ketika itu saya dapati gambar foto dan lakaran yang dipaparkan, adakalanya menarik perhatian. Begitu juga dengan sesetengah isi kandungannya yang mudah diproses oleh saya masa itu. Begitu membuka minda.

Meningkat umur, saya hilang minat dan hampir-hampir terlupa tentang kewujudannya.

Sehinggalah saya terdorong kepada, " self rediscovery " ini, barulah saya teringat akan buku ini kembali. Namun begitu, apa yang sedia ada dalam simpanan tidak cukup memuaskan tetapi tidak pula saya cenderung mencari yang selebihnya, sehingga suatu hari baru-baru ini, bila mana saya melintas di hadapan meja jualan buku sejarah di satu program anjuran pihak muzium. Saya tidak pasti apa yang berlaku setelah itu, hanya tersedar tidak berapa lama kemudian, dengan tangan ini membimbit dua beg kertas bertali mengandungi 20 keluaran Warisan Kelantan dan dompet yang agak mengempis .. he he ~ ( katanya dah special price ! )

Tapi, bagus juga !

Kerana hanya sekarang, saya mula belajar untuk lebih menghayatinya.
Lebih-lebih lagi foto-foto lama yang sesekali dipaparkan, walaupun tidak banyak, adalah amat menarik dan lebih bererti.

Walaupun dirasakan kualiti foto yang dipaparkan umumnya tidaklah yang terbaik dan begitu juga dengan kualiti cetakannya ( saya rasa, cetakan-cetakan awal lebih baik dari segi kualiti paparan berbanding yang terkini ), saya berpendapat bahawa monograf Warisan Kelantan ini amatlah wajar dan perlu dibaca seterusnya dihayati oleh mereka yang mengaku Anak Kelantan ...

Kalau tak salah, harganya ditetapkan pada RM 15 senaskah, dan boleh didapati dari Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Kelantan, terus melalui kaunter Muzium Negeri, di Jalan Hospital, Bandar Kota Bharu ..*

* saya tidak berniaga dan tidak juga menerima komisen, tiada sebarang keuntungan yang saya peroleh hasil dari " promosi " di atas, melainkan rasa bangga jika semakin ramai di kalangan kita yang menjadi celik sejarah dan peka warisan melalui penulisan sedemikian ~ !

Setakat ini, saya telah menemui beberapa perkara menarik dalam bentuk foto-foto lama yang amat membantu dalam " self rediscovery " ini. Terima kasih kepada monograf Warisan Kelantan ~ Jujur saya akui, tak rugi sungguh saya beli ....

.... bak kata kucing saya, " beli buku, tak akan rugi, meow ! " ... *

* Kalau kita tak baca pun, anak cucu kita atau orang lain akan baca dan dapat manfaat dan ilmu yang bermanfaat merupakan antara penyambung amalan anak Adam di alam barzakh bila mana amalan-amalan lain sudah terputus ~ !

Berikut saya paparkan foto-foto yang saya maksudkan di atas bagi mereka yang berminat dan ingin tahu. Saya juga ada memasukkan foto-foto berikut sebagai item kemaskini ke dalam entri-entri lepas yang berkaitan dengannya.

Kalau berminat, tak cukup hanya tengok di sini sahaja, dipersilakan klik pada setiap foto untuk dihalakan ke setiap entri yang dimaksudkan ..

Okeh ! Cukup takat itu sahaja kali ini !

Wallahu a'laaam ....

* Adakah ini bangunan Masjid Lama Mulong ....

.... semasa dijadikan balairung seri Raja Muda aka Raja Dewa ?

( klik foto untuk keterangan lanjut )

Sumber :
Nik Mohamed Nik Mohd Salleh, " Bandar Kota Bharu : Sejarah Pertumbuhan dan Perkembangannya "
- Warisan Kelantan III ( Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Kelantan, 1984 ) ; p.98

* Istana Tengku Seri Akar .....

.... semasa saat-saat akhir sebelum dirobohkan.

( klik foto untuk keterangan lanjut )

Sumber :
Warisan Kelantan XIII ( Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Kelantan, 1994) ; p.135

* Masjid Langgar ....

.. yang asal sebelum adanya masjid binaan konkrit sebagaimana sekarang, dibina 1871.

( klik foto untuk keterangan lanjut )

Sumber :
Warisan Kelantan XV ( Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Kelantan, 1996 ) ; p.134 ~ 135

* Kubu Kotak / Kebal British ( Pillbox ) di Taman Bendahara ( kini ) ....

.... yang sudah tiada, tak jauh dari Menara Jam sumbangan veteran tentera Jepun yang
melakukan pendaratan di Pantai Kuala Pak Amat ( dalam buku teks sejarah sekolah
disebut " Pantai Sabak " satu misnomer ) ...

( klik foto untuk keterangan lanjut )

Sumber :
Salleh Mohd Akib, " Kubu Kebal British di Kelantan "
- Warisan Kelantan XIV ( Perbadanan Muzium Negeri Kelantan, 1995 ) ; p.29

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Salam Aidil Adha 1430 H : Kakkah Dalae



... dan salam hari Jumaat ...

( hari raya teragung jatuh pada hari teragung ... wow ~ ! )

.... kepada para penjenguk laman ini & sekalian muslimin dan muslimat, mukminin dan mukminat, sama ada yang masih hidup mahupun yang akan mati ~ !

* Gambar Hiasan .....

Serta setinggi ucapan salam dan tahniah kepada para Tetamu Allah yang sedang menyempurnakan ibadat haji di Tanah Suci, semoga dikurniakan Haji yang mabrur ....

.... dan tak lupa, salam dan tahniah juga buat kalian yang melaksanakan ibadah korban, semoga korban kalian diterima Allah hendaknya !

Jika tahun lepas aku beraya nun " tak berapa jauh " di perantauan dalam kedinginan hujan bukit yang turun dengan lebatnya, tahun ini pula aku kembali beraya di Kelaté dalam keadaan cuaca cerah dengan langit biru terang benderang walaupun baru kelmarin hujan dan banjir ...

Masya Allah ~ Alhamdulillah !

Rabbul A'lameen telah mengizinkan cuaca yang baik bagi Aidil Adha kali ini ....

( hari raya teragung jatuh pada hari teragung yang cerah berlangit biru biarpun baru kelmarin banjir ... dua kali wow ! )

... tetapi itu tidaklah bermakna bahawa hujan dan banjir bersifat tidak elok kerana sesungguhnya setiap kitaran alam semulajadi yang telah ditetapkanNya memang ada rahmat yang terselindung buat mereka yang ingin berfikir, lebih-lebih lagi dalam bentuk air dari langit yang tidak dinafikan mendinginkan suasana dan menyuburkan tanaman ! Jika ingin tahu apa akan berlaku sekiranya nikmat ini ditarik Allah, lihat sajalah Gurun Atacama di Chile, gurun terkering di dunia yang ada bahagian buminya dilaporkan tidak pernah dijamah hujan selama 20 juta tahun !!

Apa apa pun yang pasti, Aidil Adha ( Ghayyo Aji, kata orghae Kelaté ) kali ini sebagaimana yang lepas-lepas, pastinya akan meledak dengan bermacam jemputan makan dan undangan baekwoh yang bertemakan daging ! Kena pula dengan cuti sekolah yang sudah sinonim dengan baekwoh, maka akan makin menjadi jadilah nampaknya ~ ! Kata orang, inilah antara ciri-ciri istimewa Ghayyo Aji di Kelaté yang tiada di tempat lain ... Sejauh mana kebenarannya, itu tidak dapat pula aku pastikan ...

Bukan setakat kenduri kendara bahkan menu makan seharian di Kelaté selama seminggu ini pastinya akan sarat dengan pelbagai resipi berdaging, dari jenis bersup seperti singgang daging dan sup " gear box " sehinggalah kepada yang pekat bersantan seperti gulai kurma dan gulai kawah " tohouk belakor " ... Dan sebagaimana kebiasaan, nanti akan adalah yang mengadu " mabuk daging " dan mula teridam-idamkan " total liberation " daripadanya !

Aku bukannya peminat daging dan selalunya lebih gemar menjauhi daripada menjamah. Namun, pada musim sekarang, seolah-olah menjadi satu " taboo " jika tidak diterima pelawaan memamah daging-daging lembu kampung yang empuk sambil memberi peluang kepada " kolestrol jahat " untuk melakukan insurgency ..

Tak apa lah ... sempena hari raya yang penuh keberkatan ini, aku ingat nak tutup bicara kali ini dengan menjemput kalian menghadap hidangan Kakkah Dalae ( lebih kejam " kolestrol jahat " nya ) yang sempat aku sediakan di bawah, yang aku agak tidak asing di Kelaté tetapi sesetengahnya tidak berapa nak ada di sebelah luar, buat santapan kalian di kala Aidil Adha ini !

Sila .. sila .. jemputlah ....

( di rumah ini tetamu tak boleh makan, ambil gambaran sajaaaaa ~ )

Eheheh ~

* Perghouk Mudo / Usus Lembu ( kiri ) dan Kerabu Perut / Perghouk Kitab ( kanan )

* Paru-Paru @ Pelepong Goreng

Sebelum ( setelah direbus terlebih dahulu ) dan selepas ( setelah digoreng ) ...

* Lidah Masak Merah ( kiri ) dan Lidah Roasted ( kanan )

* Hati dan Limpa Goreng ( kiri ) dan Gulai Otak Lembu ( kanan )


* Golden Arches Over Wakaf Che Yeh

Ramai Anak Kelantan yang pulang berhari raya dari perantauan, dilaporkan terlopong
dan terkesima sejenak dengan kemunculan Pokchik Ronald di sini ....

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FILLER ENTRY : “ Dekat Dekat Dengan Negeri KelanTAN ! ”



“Dekat Dekat Dengan Negeri KelanTAN !”


    “ Aik ? Harta Ismeth di luar negeri ! ”

    ” Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkestan, Hindustan .. Goheadgostan !? Negeri mana tu ~ ? ”

    “ Dekat dekat dengan negeri ~ Setan ! ”

    “ Negeri Setan pun Ismeth ada harta !? ”

    “ Congostan … Titistan … Popostan …. Tanjung Rambutan !!? ”

    From : Tan Sri P.Ramlee's Tiga Abdul ( 1964 )

When Sadiq Segaraga flipped past Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkestan, Hindustan, Goheadgostan and so on, he stopped at Tanjung Rambutan and closed the dossier ..

... without even mentioning " Kelantan " ....

Why ?

Why on Earth did he miss KelanTAN !?

When it's already so obvious !? Why !?

Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy !?

( no, I am not seeking a place in Tanjung Rambutan ... eheh ~ )

I often smiled when I watched that particular scene from Gemuloh Tan Sri P.Ramlee's Tiga Abdul ...

I, like many fellow Malaysians, are great admirers of his many genius works and despite the countless of reruns we had ( and are having ) on TV, I have not yet met a single person who claimed to have grown tired or disgusted by his somewhat witty films.

Every time this particular scene comes up ( I can't tell for how many thousand times already ... I have lost my count ! ), I can't help but wondering why didn't Gemuloh Tan Sri P.Ramlee ( appeared in the film as Abdul Wahub, son of Ismeth Ulam Raja ) did not come up with " Kelantan " when he cooked up the above famous, evergreen scene, together with Gemuloh Ahmad Nisfu ( as the crooked merchant, Sadiq Segaraga ) ?

Can't blame him since maybe Kelantan was not worth mentioning at least where comedy was concerned or perhaps it had been decided earlier that the character Ismeth does not own any property in Kelantan or most likely that Kelantan was simply anything but ... famous !

Well, speaking of being famous....

I was lurking through the Internet realm, looking for great stuffs to sink my curiosity in ( while preying on " copy and paste " parasites as well ... ) when I accidentally stumbled upon an interesting blog entry by a blogger who named himself as Penanam Sayur.

It might be trivial to most but for a proud Kelantanese like me, I know I should be really, really proud when the internationally renowned World Economic Forum ( yes, the same forum which Turkish PM, Erdogan walked out on Shimon Peres and the host ) picked up the iconic market scene of Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah as its 2009-2010 report cover !

Look at it yourself !

( many thanks to Penanam Sayur and his blog entry )

Ha ha ! Unmistakably ~ !

The mokchiks in their signature pose, unique and colourful attires, the spread of merchandise and all that ... where else in the World !? Isn't it great ?

I was told that, this particular corner of Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah in Kota Bharu, Kelantan is the most photographed market scene in Malaysia. There's no official source to support the claim but by checking out the Internet alone, one would easily agree to that. Now, the iconic scene is being featured on a cover of a report, assessed by millions around the globe and for that, I am certainly going to sleep well tonight thinking that Kelantan is now " famous " ~ he he he ... well, at least enough to convince and further strengthen my belief that some aspects of Kelantanese life do captivate and inspire many non-Kelantanese out there, in a way or another .... Maybe I should see it as more like, a recognition !

While I am proud by the Kelantanese " market scene achievement ", I can't help but feeling quite ironic upon realising that I am actually concerned and worried by current conditions of the " market scene " itself and its future. I wrote about it in my previous entries ( see them here and here ), touching on some issues that I believe, if not properly taken care of or place into consideration, might negatively affect this particularly special Kelantanese tradition in a long run. Some of which, are already showing signs of turning into things that I feared most ...

Apart from that, there are also many other related issues which I managed to bring to the attention of my readers through this site since the past few years, giving special emphasis to maintaining and continuing our beloved and highly prized Kelantanese traditions and identity. Things that I believe every Kelantanese should be proud of, should help to maintain, preserve and further encourage, instead of seeing them die off, either by our own hands or of someone else. Some, like the Kelantanese architectural treasures, are already much endangered and probably will not survive for the next generation to even realise their existence.

Of course there are some of this so called " Kelantanese identity " that we should do away with, but there are many more that we should maintain, preserve and further encourage, also be really proud of and boast to the whole World .. among which, the one that World Economic Forum had chosen for its prestigious report cover ...

To sum all these up, if all of us could somehow join hands, shoving all of our differences ( especially political ) under the carpet of oblivion, and work for the maintenance and resurgence of our unique Kelantanese pride and identity, there would be no surprise at all, that one day, when people from the land far far away, come asking on the whereabouts of Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Bali or even Singapore, the others will tend to say ....

“ Dekat Dekat Dengan Negeri KelanTAN ! ”

( or preferably .. " Dekak Dekak Nga Negerghii Kelaté ! " ~ )

Ha ha ha ha ~


A Dig Into The Past ....

For so long, Kelantanese women are known to be very independent and actively enganged in daily businesses and commercial activities. In the marketplaces, their aggresiveness surpassed that of their male counterparts, controlling and overseeing the flow of the trade even proved to be more industrious in many sectors.

This unique behaviour, which is absent among other Malays of the Peninsular, has been the subject of observation and discussion for already over a hundred of years, by many foreigners who came to the state. In this respect , Abdullah Munshi and W.A.Graham had the followings to say :

* Source :
Abdullah Munshi, " Kesah Pu-Layar-an Abdullah ben AbdulKadir Munshi deri Singapura ka-Kalantan "
( Singapore, 1838 ) through

* Source :
W.A.Graham, " Kelantan - A State of The Malay Peninsular "
( Glasgow, 1908 ) - The People, page 25


14 JUL 2009 : Distinctively KeLaTte : Juwwaa Blae Dudok ...


23 JAN 2006 : Distinctively KeLaTte : ETOK



12 AUG 2005 : Wonder women of Kelantan ~

26 JUL 2005 : Morning Satay anyone ?

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FILLER ENTRY : Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk !



Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk !

When things happened or came about unexpectedly ...

... Kelantanese tend to say " Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk ! ".

Like the monsoon rain that poured heavily on the East Coast last Thursday.

In Kelantan alone, the downpour spurred rare flash floods on the northern plain and in the interior, swelled the Kelantan River and its tributaries, pouring murky water into the kampungs along the riverbanks, in a matter of 24 hours. Everyone was caught by surprise, even the authorities in charge of the situation were taken off guard by the watery blitzkrieg, as normally, heavy torrential monsoon rain would begin around the end of November up until the end of December, along with the much anticipated seasonal flood.

Well, thankfully, the heavy rain lasted for only about 2 days, not enough to generate large scale flooding like it was 5 years ago, and Kota Bharu, along with other high-risk towns along the river were basically spared - at least for now ...

( except for some areas in Jajahan Pasir Mas and Jajahan Tumpat, those along Sungai Golok, which were quite serious ... )

Needless to say, it was the first monsoon flood of the season ... that came way earlier than usually anticipated and of course, there would still be more to come.

Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk !

* The Jambatan Sultan Yahya Petra at 5.01 meters ( 7 Nov, 1600 hrs ) ....

... and the same bridge when it was 0.8 meters in May 2009 ( second image ).

Note :

Normal level at Jeti Kastam, the main measuring point in Kota Bharu, is defined at
1 meter. Alert Level is set at 3 meter, Warning at 4 meter and Danger at 5 meter.

By 5.1 meter, water from the river will start flowing into low lying areas in Kota Bharu.
In the town itself, places like Kubang Pasu, Jalan Post Office Lama, Sungai Budor,
Sungai Keladi and Jalan PCB are among the first to be affected.

By 5.4 meter, some people will start considering moving to a higher place. Those living
in house on stilts or multi-storey, would stay put or move their stuffs to the upper floor.

At 5.9 meter, some people would find refuge at relief centres while the rest of Kota
Bharu would took to the flooded streets of Jalan Wakaf Mek Zainab, Jalan PCB, Jalan
Post Office Lama and other adjacent streets for the annual Monsoon Fiesta !

( Monsoon Fiesta = the Kelantanese equivalent of Terengganu Monsoon Cup, only
much better as it caters to the whole masses ( and not just to some cash-laden tycoons
with millions of RM sailing boat ) and the entry is regardless of what type of vessels they
own, from fiber glass boats to rakit batang pisang .. eheheh ~ sarcasm intended )

Oh yes, by 6.5 meters and above, it would be safe to assume that Kota Bharu is the
new Venice of The East ...

( the Big Flood of 2004 was measured at 7 meters ! )

Then, it was Piala Malaysia Final on the 7 November 2009.

Despite the flood, the die-hards managed to scurry their way out of Kelantan and appeared at the other side of the Peninsular for the final showdown between Kelantan and Negeri Sembilan. The last time Kelantan made to the final was in 1970, that was 39 years ago and to make it worse, Kelantan never won any !

It was Saturday and luckily, the sky was clearing up, and the river was slowly draining away its excess load into the South China Sea. Since Kota Bharu is located close to the sea, it would be normal to expect surge in water level ( even if the sky is perfectly clear over head ) as the rain water collected deep in the interior finally reaches the state capital, raising the level to a certain point before gradually returning to normal again. The highest for the weekend was measured at 5.17 meters, at 0700 hrs on the morning of 7 Nov, at Jeti Kastam aka Tambatan DiRaja, the famous measuring point in Kota Bharu.

Ironically, by the time the water receded to 4.75 meter, Kelantan was losing to Negeri Sembilan at Bukit Jalil, 3 to nil ~ ! Ironic, as the receding water seems to signal the dying fighting spirit of the Red Warriors. Didn't expect that the score turned out horrifyingly for Kelantan as it would be much more honourable if the game ended with Kelantan losing by only one goal to its opponent ...... rather than 3 to1 ... eheh .. ... ( Kelantan's only goal was acquired just minutes before the game ended, again ironically, when most of the supporters had left stadium in " protest " ~ ).

Everyone was hoping that Kelantan would bring the Cup home for the first time in history. With all the enthusiasm and red draped supporters occupying up to almost two thirds of the available seats in the stadium, the Kelantan team appeared invincible enough to carve history and victory seemed only 90 minutes away. With all these, who would have thought that the game would end with Kelantan being " terribly " mowed by Negeri Sembilan ? Eheh ~

To many hopeful Kelantanese, that includes me, the game was unexpectedly disappointing and it was .......

.... Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk, nah !

He he he ~ ( nah is added for more gravity )

* " Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk, weeeihh ~ ! "

Source : Utusan Malaysia, Front Page, Saturday 7 Nov 2009.

The next morning, I woke up for my weekly Nasik Berlauk hunting.

It was Sunday i.e. workday in Kelantan but the State Government was generous enough to declare the 8 Nov day, a special holiday ( cuti peristiwa ) for Kelantan very very rare appearance in the final ... yay !

So, I went to a pasar in the cultural heart of Kelantan. Dropped by at different stalls to get some groceries and stuffs first before heading to a Nasik Berlauk stall and ordered a few packs of takeaways from a Mokchik who was already busy tending to the customers. I was standing there waiting for my order when I found myself trapped in the middle of chattering Mokchiks who appeared betrayed by yesterday's game. One voiced out on how the team had performed very poorly while the others were pouring out the same level of disappointment and disapproval, topped with concerns over the supporters mischievous acts during the game. At another corner, a Mokchik sitting cross-legged among her fruits and vegetables was overheard, letting off barrages of destructive criticism against the common target. Coming from these Mokchiks, it was simply unbelievable ! Eheh ~

Bisso Mokchik !

Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk ambo ~ !

( Gomo Mokchik Gomo !! )

I took off after I got my hand on packs of Nasik Kerghabu and Nasik Berlauk Ikae & Ayae, not quite in the mood to join the bashing party. To silently agree with them is already enough for me. To me, it's not a big deal really, provided that next year would be better ... faaaaar better ... ( I mean the football team, not the bashing party ).

I was driving home smiling, musing over the amusing incident at the market, when a car, coming from a junction on the left, signaled into my lane. So, I gave way and was immediately astonished by what I saw on the back of the car.

It was another addition to my Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk list ....

..... only that, this one seems better ~ .... Waaaay better !

Aloh laa ~

Hok lagunimmo pun ado !?

Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk ~ !


He he he ~

* Tock Sekkor Skeik Ghabouk ado hok berghaning ginimmo !

This my friend, is what Kelantanese would call, " Ngan-nying " ... ehehe ~

It is actually an " art " embraced by many, but understood by few and not
related anyhow to Kacang Ngan Yin Cap Tangan ! Probably the closest equivalent
would be "menganjing" as non-Kelantanese would ( probably ) say ... so I was told.

Either the driver is a true blue ( should I say, yellow ? ) proud " overseas "
Orghang Nogorghii expressing extreme joy ( at the wrong place ) which I somewhat
doubt, judging from the " D " registered vehicle ....

.... or just a plain, sarcastic way of venting frustration towards the Kelantan team
performance in the game.

Ha ha ha ~ whatever it might be, it was simply daring !

( it would be more surprising if the car managed to reach home in one piece ~ eheh )

Note :

Snapped at the Wakaf Siku Traffic Intersection / KB Mall Intersection, Jalan Sultan
Ibrahim while waiting for the light, on 8 Nov 2009 at 1000 hrs.



    " The fact that Kelantan fans cared enough about the Malaysian Cup to burn
    a few seats at the stadium and throw missiles at NS players is perhaps the only
    sign that Malaysian football is not dead.

    From : THE MALAY MALE : Kelantan Vs Rest Of World


    " Kelantan on Monday denied allegations that players had sold the match
    when playing against Negeri Sembilan in the Malaysia Cup final on Saturday.

    Kelantan team manager Azman Ibrahim said allegations that players had sold
    the match, or that head coach B. Sathianathan had failed to apply the right tactics
    or strategy, was totally uncalled for.

    From :

    BERNAMA : Kelantan Deny Allegations That Players Had Sold The Match

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