Dungun District

Dungun is a coastal district of the Malaysian state of Terengganu. Kuala Dungun is the capital of the district. Dungun is made up of eleven 'mukim', or subdistricts: Abang, Besol, Jengai, Jerangau, Kuala Dungun, Kuala Paka, Kumpal, Pasir Raja, Rasau, Sura, and Hulu Paka.

Dungun District
Other transcription(s)
Location of Dungun District in Terengganu
Dungun District
Location of Dungun District in Malaysia
Coordinates: 4°45′N 103°25′E
List of sovereign states Malaysia
Granted District status1 January 1974
Granted Municipality status25 July 2008
SeatKuala Dungun
Local area governmentMunicipal Council
  Total2,735.03 km2 (1,056.00 sq mi)
  Density57/km2 (150/sq mi)

Dungun used to be an iron mining town in the 1940s. Iron ore was mined in a small town inland called Bukit Besi located to the west, while Dungun served as the port where the ore was transferred onto ships.Dungun and Bukit Besi were connected by a railway line that not only served the mining industry but also served as public transportation for inland villagers, the Dungun township and its businesses.

This "golden" era ended in the late 1970s and early 1980s. When the mines were gradually closed down, the rail service stopped and the company left the area. Bukit Besi is now a Government-financed plantation estate; the rolling hills and old British architecture are now long gone, replaced by Felda Estate housing and palm oil trees.Dungun is now just another town on the coast of Terengganu, sorely bereft of cultural activities, with no cinemas, and only comes alive every Thursday when the weekly night market opens up for business. It is well known as the biggest night market in Terengganu and features second-hand clothing (imported from Japan and the United States) and also food of all sorts. People from the outskirts flow into town for the cheap goods. The night market is situated right in the middle of town, taking over a portion of the old railway line.

Nowadays, it is not a busy small town anymore. There are still pockets of fishing and farming families and some people involved in small businesses, while a large part of the population are involved with the petroleum industry concentrated in another township to the south, Kerteh.

Administrative divisions

Administrative divisions of Dungun District

Dungun District is divided into 11 mukims, which are:[2]

  • Abang
  • Besol
  • Jengai
  • Jerangau
  • Kuala Dungun (Capital)
  • Kuala Paka
  • Kumpal
  • Pasir Raja
  • Rasau
  • Sura
  • Hulu Paka


Historical population
1991 102,897    
2000 128,709+25.1%
2010 149,851+16.4%
2020 158,130+5.5%
Source: [3]

Federal Parliament and State Assembly Seats

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

ParliamentSeat NameMember of ParliamentParty
P39 DungunWan Hassan Mohd RamliPN (PAS)

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

ParliamentStateSeat NameState AssemblymanParty
P39 N25Bukit BesiRoslee DaudBN (UMNO)
P39 N26Rantau AbangAlias HarunPN (PAS)
P39 N27SuraWan Hapandi Wan NikPN (PAS)
P39 N28PakaSatiful Bahri MamatPN (PAS)

See also


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