Mersing

Mersing (Terengganu Malay: Merecing or Ngesing) is a town, mukim and the capital of Mersing District, Johor, Malaysia.

Mersing
مرسيڠ
Town
Coordinates: 2°26′N 103°50′E
CountryMalaysia
StateJohor
DistrictMersing
Government
  TypeLocal government
  BodyMersing District Council
  PresidentMohd Norman Noh
Area
  Total761.47 km2 (294.01 sq mi)
Postcode
86800
Calling code+6-07
Vehicle registrationJ
Websitewww.mdmersing.gov.my
Mersing District Council

Majlis Daerah Mersing
Type
Type
History
Founded26 May 1977
Leadership
President
Mohd Norman Noh
District Secretary
Mohd Amin Kadiman
Motto
Perkhidmatan Untuk Rakyat (Service for the People)
Meeting place
No. 1 Jalan Tun Dr. Ismail, 86800 Mersing, Johor Darul Takzim
Website
www.mdmersing.gov.my

As of 2010, the town has an estimated population of 70,894.[1]

Mersing town, is particularly significant for a number of reasons: it is one of only two major towns situated in the eastern half of Johor state (the other being Kota Tinggi), it lies on the main trunk road that connects southern as well as eastern Johor with the east coast of Pahang state including Pahang's capital Kuantan (part of Federal Route, and it is the main departure point for ferries to the nearby offshore islands such as Pulau Rawa of Sultan Iskandar Marine Park (Malay: Taman Laut Sultan Iskandar) and also Tioman Island, Pahang.

Centre of Mersing town
South China Sea coast in the vicinity of Mersing

Government and politics

Mersing District Council (Malay: Majlis Daerah Mersing) is the local authority of the whole Mersing District including Mersing town. It was formed on 26 May 1977 through the merger of the Mersing Town Council (Malay: Majlis Bandaran Mersing) and the local councils (Malay: Majlis Tempatan) of Jemaluang, Kampung Hubong, Kampung Pengkalan Batu, Kampung Sri Pantai and Mersing Kecil.[2]

Mukim Mersing and Mersing Town (Bandar Mersing) in Mersing District

Climate

Climate data for Mersing
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28.1
(82.6)
29.0
(84.2)
30.3
(86.5)
31.6
(88.9)
32.0
(89.6)
31.4
(88.5)
30.9
(87.6)
30.9
(87.6)
30.9
(87.6)
31.0
(87.8)
29.7
(85.5)
28.2
(82.8)
30.3
(86.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 25.6
(78.1)
26.2
(79.2)
26.6
(79.9)
26.7
(80.1)
26.7
(80.1)
26.3
(79.3)
25.8
(78.4)
25.8
(78.4)
25.7
(78.3)
25.8
(78.4)
25.6
(78.1)
25.5
(77.9)
26.0
(78.8)
Average low °C (°F) 23.4
(74.1)
23.6
(74.5)
23.2
(73.8)
22.9
(73.2)
23.0
(73.4)
21.8
(71.2)
22.3
(72.1)
22.3
(72.1)
22.2
(72.0)
22.4
(72.3)
22.6
(72.7)
23.0
(73.4)
22.7
(72.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 291.3
(11.47)
125.6
(4.94)
131.5
(5.18)
124.1
(4.89)
145.2
(5.72)
141.0
(5.55)
159.2
(6.27)
174.4
(6.87)
179.0
(7.05)
204.4
(8.05)
375.6
(14.79)
662.4
(26.08)
2,713.7
(106.84)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 12 8 8 10 11 11 13 13 13 14 19 20 152
Mean monthly sunshine hours 169.6 200.4 229.8 211.5 222.8 200.6 199.1 193.7 175.7 175.8 142.5 129.0 2,250.5
Source: NOAA[3]

Culture

The Malays of Mersing are unique compared to the rest of Johor is that many of them are of Terengganu ancestry, this are proven by the Keropok Lekor industries which is popular in the town and many still speak Terengganu Malay along with the Johor dialect of Malay.

The Chinese community in Mersing mainly belongs to the Cantonese dialect group and speak Cantonese, however, many locals, especially business owners have no issue conversing in Mandarin.

Transportation

Car

Being located along Federal Route 3, Mersing is relatively accessible for a town its size. Northward this highway goes to Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu before terminating at Rantau Panjang at the border with Thailand. Southwards highway 3 goes to Jemaluang and Kota Tinggi and terminates at Johor Bahru, the state capital. Jalan Felda Nitar connects Felda Nitar, Kluang, Ayer Hitam and Batu Pahat, also connects to North–South Expressway Southern Route via Ayer Hitam Interchange to Kuala Lumpur.

Water

Mersing port in the mouth of Mersing River is also the main port for ferries to Tioman Island and the more than 40 other islands in the Seribuat Archipelago.

References

  1. Helders, Stefan. "Johor (State, Malaysia) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map and Location". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  2. "Latar Belakang".
  3. "Mersing Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
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