Besut District

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Besut District
Daerah Besut
Other transcription(s)
 • Jawiبسوت
 • Chinese勿述县
 • Tamilபெசுட்
Flag of Besut District
Location of Besut District in Terengganu
Location of Besut District in Terengganu
Besut District is located in Malaysia
Besut District
Besut District
Location of Besut District in Malaysia
Coordinates: 5°35′N 102°30′E / 5.583°N 102.500°E / 5.583; 102.500Coordinates: 5°35′N 102°30′E / 5.583°N 102.500°E / 5.583; 102.500
Country Malaysia
State Terengganu
SeatKampung Raja
Local area government(s)Besut District Council
 • District officerIsmail Sahaimi Omar[1]
 • Total1,233.68 km2 (476.33 sq mi)
 • Total140,952
 • Estimate 
 • Density110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+8 (Not observed)
Calling code+6-09-6
Vehicle registration platesT

Besut is a district in Terengganu, Malaysia. It is bordered by the state of Kelantan to the north and west and the South China Sea to the east. It is the northern gateway to Terengganu. Kampung Raja is the district capital, though Jerteh is more developed. Another major town is the fishing port of Kuala Besut. There are other small towns and villages such as Jabi, Apal, Pasir Akar and Tembila.


There is a lack of written evidence on this district. The records by Munshi Abdullah in his book, Kisah Pelayaran Abdullah ke Kelantan, and Tuhfat al-Nafis by Raja Ali Haji touched a bit on Besut. Due to this, there are many stories that tell the matters regarding the origin of Besut.[5]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Besut District is divided into 9 mukims, which are:[6]


As of 2010, there are approximately 140,952 people in Besut District, of various ethnicity, with the Malays being the majority. Other ethnics include Chinese and Siamese.[3][7] Most Malays in Besut identify themselves with Kelantanese identity rather than the Terengganuan identity. One of the prominent examples is that they tend to speak Kelantan Malay instead of Terengganu Malay like in most parts of Terengganu.[8]


Besut has education institutions which are developed by both the central and Terengganu state governments such as, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Institute of Teacher's Education Sultan Mizan Campus, MARA Junior Science College (Kota Putra & Besut), Kolej Komuniti Besut, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Mahmud, Sekolah Menengah Agama Maarif, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama Nurul Ittifaq, Madrasah Moden MAIDAM Besut and Sekolah Menengah IMTIAZ, among others.


There are a number of travel destinations that are located here, many of them islands or beaches. The most popular of all tourist sites in Besut are Perhentian Islands, one of the top island destinations in the world according to the CNN.[9] Perhentian Islands lie about 10.8 nautical miles (20 km) to the north east of Kuala Besut and are made up of islands such as Perhentian Besar, Perhentian Kecil, and Susu Dara. The islands are well known for their tropical reefs, scuba diving, and snorkeling.[10]

Besides Perhentian Islands, beaches are also among the top local places to visit. The beaches here are Pantai Air Tawar, Pantai Dendong, and Pantai Bukit Keluang. In the interior parts of the district, visitors can experience the tropical forest in areas such as Lata Tembakah and Lata Belatan, or climb the 1039m-high Gunung Tebu (Mount Tebu). Tourists can also enjoy bathing in the natural hot springs of Kolam Air Panas La or La Hot Springs. The water here contains sulphur and can reach 49 °C.[11]

Federal Parliament and State Assembly Seats[edit]

List of LMS district representatives in the Federal Parliament (Dewan Rakyat)

Parliament Seat Name Member of Parliament Party
P33 Besut Idris Jusoh Barisan Nasional (UMNO)

List of LMS district representatives in the State Legislative Assembly of Terengganu

Parliament State Seat Name State Assemblyman Party
P33 N1 Kuala Besut Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul Rahman Barisan Nasional (UMNO)
P33 N2 Kota Putera Mohd Nurkhuzaini Abdul Rahman Gagasan Sejahtera (PAS)
P33 N3 Jertih Muhammad Pehimi Yusof Barisan Nasional (UMNO)
P33 N4 Hulu Besut Nawi Mohamad Barisan Nasional (UMNO)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Administrator. "Laman Web Rasmi Pejabat Daerah Dan Tanah Besut".
  2. ^ Administrator. "Laman Web Rasmi Pejabat Daerah Dan Tanah Besut".
  3. ^ a b "Population Distribution and Basic Demographic Characteristics, 2010" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  4. ^ Administrator. "Pengenalan Daerah Dungun".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2014-10-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Masyarakat Siam Besut sambut Loy Krathong". Utusan Online.
  8. ^ "Orang Besut: Anak Terengganu, Kelantan Pelihara? - Mohd Izzuddin Ramli". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2014-10-09.
  9. ^ "Malaysian beaches on CNN top list - Nation - The Star Online".
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-23. Retrieved 2014-10-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-10-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)