Kuala Krai District

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Kuala Krai District
Malaysia District of Malaysia
Jajahan Kuala Krai
Other transcription(s)
 • Jawi كوالا كراي
 • Chinese 瓜拉吉赖县
 • Tamil கோலா கிராய்
Flag of Kuala Krai District
Kuala Krai District is located in Kelantan
Kuala Krai District
Kuala Krai District
Location of Kuala Krai District in Kelantan
Kuala Krai District is located in Malaysia
Kuala Krai District
Kuala Krai District
Kuala Krai District (Malaysia)
Coordinates: 5°30′N 102°10′E / 5.500°N 102.167°E / 5.500; 102.167Coordinates: 5°30′N 102°10′E / 5.500°N 102.167°E / 5.500; 102.167
Country  Malaysia
State  Kelantan
Seat Kuala Krai
Local area government(s) Kuala Krai District Council (Kuala Krai North)
Dabong District Council (Kuala Krai South)
 • District officer Tengku Azmi Tengku Jaafar[1]
 • Total 2,329 km2 (899 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 104,356
 • Density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC+8)
Postcode 18xxx
Calling code +6-09-9
Vehicle registration plates D
Kuala Krai

Kuala Krai District is a district (jajahan) in Kelantan, Malaysia. Historically, it was known as Kuala Lebir.[4]


The district is a landlocked district in the centre of the State of Kelantan in the north east of Malaysia. The land is hilly, and before the 20th century the entire area was tropical rain forest. The territory contains the confluence of two major rivers, the Lebir and Galas, to form the Kelantan River, which then flows some 70 km northwards through one of the most densely populated flood plains on the Malay Peninsula to its estuary in the South China Sea near the State capital of Kota Bharu.

As transport links improved during the 20th century, people moved into the area to take advantage of the abundant land available for farming. A railway was constructed in the 1920s through the undeveloped interior of Malaysia to link Kelantan State with the main centres of population on the west coast. This line ran through Kuala Krai territory, and settlements became established along its route. Road links followed, and towns and villages grew to cater for the mainly agricultural population. Rubber production was increasingly important throughout Malaysia, and many rubber-tree plantations were set up in this area. Later, the country-wide shift to oil palm in the 1970s and 1980s saw the establishment of oil palm plantations in the territory, some of which replaced rubber.

Kuala Krai was originally part of Ulu Kelantan until it was split out following a re-delineation in 1974. Kuala Krai formally gained its own district and municipal administration in 1977.[5]

Infrastructure developed to support the population and by the end of the 20th century Kuala Krai town had become a busy thriving town, and the administrative centre for the territory.


Kuala Krai District has an area of 2329 km² and comprises three subdistricts (daerah):[2]

  • Daerah Olak Jeram (757.6 km²) with 67 villages
  • Daerah Batu Mengkebang (726.9 km²) with 122 villages
  • Daerah Dabong (844.5 km²) with 27 villages

Some of the better known towns and villages in the territory include Dabong, Kemubu, Manek Urai, Kampung Pahi, Kampung Peria and Kampung Laloh.

Secondary Schools[edit]

The secondary schools in the territory are:[6]

  • Maahad Rahmaniah Padang Sembilan (SMU (A)Rahmaniah), 18000 Kuala Krai
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dabong (SMK Dabong), 18200 Dabong
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Keroh (SMK Keroh), 18000 Kuala Krai
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Laloh (SMK Laloh), 18000 Kuala Krai
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Manek Urai (SMK Manek Urai), 18050 Kuala Krai
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Mengkebang (SMK Mengkebang), 18000 Kuala Krai
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pahi (SMK Pahi), 18000 Kuala Krai
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Yahya Petra (1) (SMK Sultan Yahya Petra (1)), 18000 Kuala Krai
  • Sekolah Menengah Teknik Kuala Krai (SM Teknik Kuala Krai), 18000 Kuala Krai
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kuala Krai (SMK Kuala Krai), Sungai Durian, 18000 Kuala Krai
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Yahya Petra (2) (SMK Sultan Yahya Petra (2)), 18000 Kuala Krai
  • Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Kuala Krai*Fews Sekolah Menengah Ugama
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bandar Kuala krai(SMKBKK)


The population of Kuala Krai territory was 117,800 in 2009.

Ranking Population Jajahan Kuala Krai.

Rank Daerah/Mukim Population 2000
1 Batu Mengkebang 55,975
2 Olak Jeram 24,665
3 Dabong 11,131

Population ethnicity[edit]

The population and ethnicity of the territory is as follows:[2]

Population of the territory – breakdown by race
Race 1990 % 1995 % 2000 % 2004 %
Malay 92,916 91.4 110,246 90.9 130,810 90.9 149,018 90.8
Chinese 5,685 5.6 7,282 6.0 8,657 6.0 9,862 6.0
Indian 2,650 2.6 3,364 2.7 3,990 2.8 4,545 2.7
Other 354 0.4 121,339 0.4 463 0.3 527 0.3

Famous people from Kuala Krai[edit]

  • Loh Sea Keong, Malaysian professional cyclist
  • Mee Fong, a commercial photographer, had a studio in Kuala Krai in 1930[7]
  • Mohd Khairul Anuar also known as Lan Cairo, who is an artist and prestige man born in Kuala Krai on Dragon Years 27 May 1988. He is very good personal rapport with international people as well representative of Malays in the worlds.
  • Datuk Rafiah Salim, is the first female Vice-Chancellor in Malaysia, posted to Universiti Malaya.
  • T. Wignesan, writer, was born in Kuala Krai in the early 1930s[8][9]
  • Tengku Budriah binti Al-Marhum Tengku Ismail, the Raja Perempuan of Perlis, was born in Kuala Krai on 28 March 1924. Her husband, Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail was elected as the third King of Malaysia (known as Yang di-Pertuan Agong) from 1960 to 1965.[10]
  • Terence Fernandez, a Journalist and current deputy editor special reports & investigations of The Sun Newspaper. He was kidnapped in Iraq in 2003 but survived and currently writes a column in The Sun every Tuesday and Thursday, frequently writing on corruption and mismanagement of funds by politicians. He grew up in Kuala Krai and spent his entire childhood and teenage years there.
  • Zang Toi, New York fashion designer, was born in Kuala Krai on 11 June 1961[11]


Kuala Krai is represented in the Malaysian Parliament by Dr. Mohd Hatta Ramli from Amanah. He was previously from PAS, which he left in 2015 and became a founding member of Amanah. The parliamentary seat of Kuala Krai is divided into four state seats:

  • Mengkebang – held by PAS
  • Guchil – held by PKR
  • Dabong – held by UMNO
  • Manek Urai – held by PAS.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ User, Super. "Laman Web Rasmi Pejabat Tanah Dan Jajahan Kuala Krai – Perutusan Ketua Jajahan". Ptjkk.kelantan.gov.my. 
  2. ^ a b c "Profail Jajahan Kuala Krai". Pejabat Tanah dan Jajahan Kuala Krai. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "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. ^ "Map of British Malaya Including The Straits Settlements Federated Malay States and Malay States Not Included In The Federation 1924" (JPG). Raremaps.com. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Info Kuala Krai". Majlis Daerah Kuala Krai. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Secondary Schools in Kelantan, Malaysia". Jadn.com. 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2007. 
  7. ^ Cambridge University Library (2004). "Mee Fong, fl 1930, photographer". RCS Photographers Index. Retrieved 14 December 2006. 
  8. ^ Netconcepts, LLC. "T. Wignesan". WritersNet. Retrieved 11 December 2006. 
  9. ^ T Wignesan (2006). "Curriculum Vitae". Stateless.freehosting.net. Retrieved 11 December 2006. 
  10. ^ Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (2003). "Yang di-Pertuan Agong III". Malaysian Monarchy. Archived from the original on 27 October 2005. Retrieved 10 December 2006. 
  11. ^ Star Publications (Malaysia) (2003). "Designer dreams". All Malaysia.info. Retrieved 10 December 2006.