Jeli District

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Jeli District
District of Malaysia
Flag of Jeli District
Country  Malaysia
State Flag of Kelantan.svg Kelantan Darul Naim
Seat Town Jeli
 • District officer D.O
Population (2009)
 • Total 42,882

Coordinates: 5°42′N 101°50′E / 5.700°N 101.833°E / 5.700; 101.833 The Jeli District (Chinese: 日里) is a district and a parliamentary constituency in western Kelantan, Malaysia. As of 2000, the district's population is estimated to be 42,882. Jeli is administered by the Jeli District Council. Jeli is bordered by the state of Perak to the west, Thailand to the north, Tanah Merah district to the north east and Kuala Krai district to the south east.

Most people in Jeli work as rubber tappers. The rubber plantations which belong to the local people also attract people from outside to come and work. Commonly families own a small plantation of 6 acres (24,000 m2) up to 50 acres (200,000 m2) in size. The history of Jeli began when the government encouraged the people around Kelantan to start a great area of agriculture. This process began with a period of land clearing, or logging.


Jeli district (jajahan) was originally a sub-district (Jajahan Kecil),which was formed on 1 July 1982 from parts of Tanah Merah and Kuala Krai district. It was elevated to a full district on 1 January 1986. Being a totally new residential area, initially Jeli had residents coming from other parts of Kelantan. Jeli became host to thousands of hopefuls from all over Kelantan during the late 70's and early 80's, hoping to get a fresh start in this district. While the first generations of Jeli residents mostly involved in rubber tapping and other forms of plantantions for a living, the current generations have managed to find their way up to a much better profession, thanks to the proper education system and dedicated teachers available to this remote area.


Jeli as of 2009, it has a population of 46,700 people

Ranking Population Jajahan Jeli.

Rank Daerah/Mukim Population 2000
1 Mukim Jeli 17,734
2 Kuala Balah 10,198
3 Belimbang 8,056


The member of Parliament for Jeli is Dato' Mustapa Mohamed, from Barisan Nasional party, the current International Trade & Industry Minister of Malaysia.


Batu 13 Jeli is the wettest place in Malaysia with more than 6,000 mm (240 in) of mean rainfall annually. In 2011 8,596 mm (338.4 in) of rainfall was recorded in Batu 13 Jeli, the highest annual rainfall recorded in Malaysia.


There are a number of schools which serve the population of Jeli. The primary schools in Jeli include Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Melintang, Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendok, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Long, Sekolah Kebangsaan Jeli 1, Sekolah Kebangsaan Kalai (Kalai National School), Sekolah Kebangsaan Jeli 2 and Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Jering. Jeli also has a MARA junior science college, Maktab Rendah Sains MARA Jeli, which is an example of Malaysia's boarding schools. Jeli now has a new boarding school there which is SM Sains Jeli known as JeSS.

Currently, two higher learning institutions, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Politeknik Jeli are located here in Jeli. Politeknik Jeli is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in a few months. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan has been operating since 2012.


The main attraction of this district is the Stong Waterfalls. Towering at a height of 305 m, this scenic waterfall is the tallest waterfall in the South East Asia region.Another attraction at Jeli is Jeli Hot Spring, one of the hottest hot springs in Malaysia. Jeli Hot Spring is located about 15km from Jeli town. Jeli hot spring has a higher health value as it has a high sulphur content.


Highway 4 is the main road in the constituency, going in an east-west direction. To the west it goes to Gerik, Perak and all the way to Kedah and Penang; to the east it continues to Pasir Puteh. Jeli is therefore known as the 'western gateway' into the East Coast for visitors from Penang, Kedah and Perlis.

The junction of highways 4 and Highway 66 is located near Jeli town. Highway 66 leads to Kuala Balah in the southern part of Jeli constituency, and is a shortcut to the railway town of Dabong and Kuala Krai.

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