Kuala Nerus District

Kuala Nerus is a district in Terengganu, Malaysia. It is the youngest district in the state, having been declared a separate district in 2014. Formerly it was part of Kuala Terengganu district (North Kuala Terengganu) but still governed by Kuala Terengganu City Council (MBKT) which is one of few city councils in Malaysia to govern two separate districts. Its capital is Kuala Nerus town, other major towns and villages include Gong Badak, Seberang Takir, Batu Rakit and Batu Enam, all which are located within city limits of Kuala Terengganu. Kuala Nerus' population is 226,177 people as of 2015 which makes it the most populous district in Terengganu. The district has a total land area of 397.52 km2.[2]

Kuala Nerus District
Daerah Kuala Nerus
Other transcription(s)
  Jawiكوالا نيروس
Location in Terengganu
Kuala Nerus District
Location of Kuala Nerus District in Malaysia
Coordinates: 5°20′N 103°00′E
SeatKuala Nerus
Local area government(s)Kuala Terengganu City Council
  District officerHaji Ariffin bin Abdullah[1]
  Total397.52 km2 (153.48 sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+8 (Not observed)
Calling code+6-09-6
Vehicle registration platesT


This district, formerly a part of Kuala Terengganu District, was declared on 18 September 2014.[4]


Pasir Panjang beach on Redang Island. It is one of the major tourist islands in the country.

The Redang archipelago is a group of islands in which two, the main island of Redang and Pinang Island, are inhabited, and the other smaller islands are not (Ling Island, Ekor Tebu Island, Lima Island, Paku Island, Paku Kecil Island, Kerengga Island, and Kerengga Kecil Island). The Redang Islands are located 45 kilometres away from Kuala Terengganu in the South China Sea. Together these islands contain around 500 species of corals and the thousands of fish and invertebrates. The islands are designated as a marine park in 1994. In Malaysia, a marine park is established to protect and manage the marine ecosystem and give people the opportunities to enjoy the underwater heritage.[5] The Redang Islands are composed mainly of granite and sedimentary rocks that are metamorphosed. The main river is Redang River.[6][7][8] Besides, Lang Tengah Island, Bidong Island, Geluk Island and Karah Island also under the jurisdiction of the district.[2]

Administrative divisions

Kuala Nerus district is divided into four mukims, which are:[9]

Federal Parliament and State Assembly Seats

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

ParliamentSeat NameMember of ParliamentParty
P34 Setiu Shaharizukirnain Abd. Kadir PN (PAS)
P35 Kuala Nerus Alias RazakPN (PAS)
P38 Hulu Terengganu Rosol WahidPN (BERSATU)

List of Kuala Nerus district representatives in the State Legislative Assembly of Terengganu

ParliamentStateSeat NameState AssemblymanParty
P34 N8 Batu Rakit Bazlan Abd Rahman BN (UMNO)
P35 N9TepuhHishamuddin Abdul KarimPN (PAS)
P35 N10Buluh GadingRidzuan HashimPN (PAS)
P35 N11Seberang TakirAhmad Razif Abdul RahmanBN (UMNO)
P35 N12Bukit TunggalAlias RazakPN (PAS)
P38 N22ManirHilmi HarunPN (PAS)


Significant development in the areas of higher education and housing projects have occurred there in contemporary times.[10] Institutions of higher education include Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, the Institute of Teacher Education Dato Razali Ismail Campus and an industrial training institute. The Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Teaching Hospital is also located in Kuala Nerus, along with its main campus.


  • Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium

Tourist attractions

Kuala Nerus has been described as a "popular tourist destination" by former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Places of interest such as:

  • Redang Island
  • Dapo Pata (Beach Kitchen) at Tok Jembal Beach
  • Ikan Celup Tepung (ICT) at Teluk Ketapang Beach, Mengabang Telipot Beach
  • Famous Keropok Lekor along the way from Seberang Takir to Sultan Mahmud Airport
  • Batu 6 Wet Market
  • Pulau Duyong- famous traditional boat making place and marina Pulau Duyong
  • Air Buah Gelas Besar Seberang Takir
  • Gong Badak Sports Complex which includes Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium - Home of Terengganu FA Football Team
  • Pantai Tok Jembal


  • Sultan Mahmud Airport

See also


  1. "Laman Web Rasmi Pejabat Daerah Dan Tanah Dungun". pdtknerus.terengganu.gov.my. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  2. "Draf RSNT 2050 (Kajian Semula)" (PDF) (in Malay). Government of Terengganu. 2019.
  3. "Pengenalan Daerah Dungun". pdtdungun.terengganu.gov.my. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  4. Sean, Ong Han (September 19, 2014). "Kuala Nerus is newest T'ganu district". The Star. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  5. "History of Establishment". Department of Marine Park, Malaysia. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  6. Joshua B. Fisher; Rizwan Nawaz; Rosmadi Fauzi; Faiza Nawaz; Eran Sadek Said Md Sadek; Zulkiflee Abdul Latif; Matthew Blackett (30 May 2008). "Balancing water, religion and tourism on Redang Island, Malaysia" (PDF). Environmental Research Letters. 3 (2): 024005. Bibcode:2008ERL.....3b4005F. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/3/2/024005. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  7. "Terengganu". Department of Marine Park Malaysia – Terengganu. 30 July 2012. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  8. Kamal Roslan Mohamed. "Stratigrafi Malaysia – Terengganu" (PDF). UKM Geologist (in Malay). National University of Malaysia. p. 1. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  9. "Latar Belakang Daerah Kuala Nerus". pdtknerus.terengganu.gov.my. Retrieved 31 January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Kuala Nerus declared eighth district in Terengganu". The Rakyat Post. September 18, 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
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