26th Day

Posted On August 16, 2006

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KELANTAN DARUL NAIM,Kelantan, The Beautiful Abode

Capital Kota Bharu (Royal Capital)
Sultan Sultan Ismail ibni al-Marhum Sultan Yahya Petra
Chief Minister Dato’ Haji Nik Aziz Nik Mat

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 1,505,600 (est.) Malay 92.5%, Chinese 3.5%, Other Bumiputera 0.82% (Temiar, Jahai, Mendriq, Bateq), Indian 0.27%, Others 0.97%, Non-citizen 1.96%

Religious Breakdown (2000) Islam 94.5%, Buddhism 4.4%, Tribal Animism 0.5%, Christianity 0.2%, Hinduism 0.2%, Taoism/ Confucianism 0.1%

Incidence of poverty (2004) 10.6% (Hardcore: 1.3%)

Kelantan is traditionally a centre for Islamic learning, with the nickname Serambi Mekah, ‘The Corridor to Mecca’. Kota Bharu, the state capital and royal seat, was declared an ‘Islamic City,’ on 1st October 2005.
Pantai Sabak in Kelantan was the entry point for Japanese invasion to Malaya. Kelantan’s history also sees the wars between local rulers and rebellion against British rule. Two years after independence from Britain, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) began to rule Kelantan and it lasted for 18 years before Barisan Nasional took over in March 1978. PAS regained this deeply conservative Malay heartland in October 1990 and has since been the ruling party with re-elections in 1995, 1999 and 2004. This conservative state is known for her enterprising women. It is the only state ever ruled by a female ruler, Cik Siti Wan Kembang.

1. God’s grace and His beauty to be revealed to the people. [Malaysia’s oldest mosque and largest Sleeping Buddha statue are located here.]
2. State government: integrity & wisdom, to put public interests above personal political gain.
3. Effective government policy and implementation to eradicate poverty. [Tumpat is possibly the poorest district.]
4. Deliverance for those who are bound by occultist beliefs; healing of the land.
5. Restoration of family institution. [Muslim divorce rate is among the highest in Malaysia.]
6. Against all social ills – drug addiction, incest and homosexuality.
7. Wisdom, alertness and efficiency for the authorities in ensuring security especially along Malaysian-Thai border. [The unrest in South Thailand persists. Smuggling (e.g. rice & diesel) is common in Rantau Panjang, Bukit Bunga and Pengkalan Kubor.]
8. Church: unity & spiritual renewal; boldness, courage, wisdom and God-given strategies to reach out to the lost and dealing local authorities; church leaders to be steadfast in faith; more leaders and evangelists.

“Prayer is to know and understand the heart of God”  – Pr. Henderson Wee


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