Kuantan

HISTORY

The history of Pahang goes back a long time. What is clear is that the state’s coastal area and hinterland comprised part of the ancient trade route between China and the rest of Asia.

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SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

Kuantan’s population based on Department of Statistics data in 2010 is approximately 427,515. The population then was composed of 78.5% Malay, 17.9% Chinese, 3.3% Indian and 0.3% other races. ...Continue

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ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

Kuantan serves as the administrative and commercial capital of Pahang. Trade and commerce are important in the economy of the town together with the timber and fishing industry. ...Continue

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KOPITIAM AND EATERIES


Hoi Yin Curry Laksa

No. 31, Jalan Telok Cempedak, 25050 Kuantan, Pahang

+6 09-567 3871


Ana Ikan Bakar Petai

3 Jalan Tanjung Lumpur, Perkampungan Tanjung Lumpur, 26060 Kuantan, Pahang

+6 019-987 8155


Alor Akar Seafood

Lot 7695 & 7696, Jalan Kubang Buaya, Taman Mariana, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang

+6 09-568 0720

 

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SHOPPING

No. Shopping malls/plazas Address & Contact
1. Berjaya Megamall Berjaya Megamall, Jalan Tun Ismail, Sri Dagangan Bussiness Centre, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang

03-7713 7888

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES

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Tourist attractions and places

Address & Contact

1. Resorts World Genting 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang

03-6101 1118

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PERSONALITIES AND CELEBRITIES

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Mat Kilau (Jerantut) Pioneer Anti-colonial Leader
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  • HISTORY

    The history of Pahang goes back a long time. What is clear is that the state’s coastal area and hinterland comprised part of the ancient trade route between China and the rest of Asia.

    At various periods in the past, the region has been the site of rival claims by neighbouring early empires, including the Langkasuka-Kedah and Srivijaya powers that dominated the region prior to the 11th century.

    Thereafter, Nakhon Si Thammarat Kingdom or the Kingdom of Ligor which was one of the major constituent city states of the Siamese kingdom of Sukhothai controlled a sizable part of the Malay peninsula including Pahang during the 13th century.

    More recent historical records indicate that the rulers of Pahang and Malacca waged various wars against each other during the heyday of the Malacca sultanate.

    After the fall of Malacca to the Portuguese in 1511, Siamese control over the state appears to have been reasserted by the Ayutthaya kingdom. Another influence over Pahang’s development in the early period was China with accounts of envoys from the state paying tribute to the Ming rulers of China.

    The next stage in Pahang’s historical development appears in the 19th century. It was around 1850 that Kuantan is said to have been founded. According to Munshi Abdullah:

    …On Thursday night came a boat from Kuantan. Then they told the ship’s crew there’s a pirate ship at Tanjung Tujuh, forty of them and at Pulau Kapas, and as well at Pulau Redang; it was spotted by two Kuantan boats and they set off.

    In its earlier days, Kuantan was known as Kampung Teruntum. The village situated at the mouth of Teruntum River was established by settlers from Sumatra and its early economic activities included fishing and small businesses.

    Towards the mid and late 19th century, the arrival of Chinese miners and traders saw the establishment of a larger township, especially with the opening of mining areas in Gambang and Sungai Lembing.

    Later development followed the pattern in the west coast states with Pahang coming under British residential rule in 1888 and the opening up of rubber plantations which attracted Indian settlers. The period of British colonial rule also witnessed the opening up of export oriented mining and agricultural development and the establishment of physical and human infrastructure to support it.

    The outcome of British administration – government buildings, road networks, commercial buildings, parks and other urban features – remain prominently in Kuantan today.

    A brief interlude in British colonial rule occurred when the town and state fell into the hands of Japanese military forces during the second world war. One episode associated with Kuantan’s history at this time was the sinking of the British warships, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse, off the coast of Kuantan on 10 December 1941.

    Kuantan, despite its increasing prominent economic role in the state, did not become the state capital until 1955 when the decision was made to move to it from Kuala Lipis which had served as the state capital during the 64 years earlier.  Since then the town has experienced rapid development and today it is a vibrant growth center for the state and the eastern region of the country.

  • SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

    Batik painting

    Kuantan’s population based on Department of Statistics data in 2010 is approximately 427,515. The population then was composed of 78.5% Malay, 17.9% Chinese, 3.3% Indian and 0.3% other races.

    The city also has a growing population of migrant workers, mainly Indonesian, working in the industrial estates and nearby agricultural plantations.

  • ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

    Teruntum Tower – A 180 meter tower landmark in Kuantan Pahang

    Kuantan serves as the administrative and commercial capital of Pahang. Trade and commerce are important in the economy of the town together with the timber and fishing industry. Kuantan’s new developments include:

    – Relocation of the state administration centre to its proposed site in Bandar Indera Mahkota

    – Kuantan Port City consist of Kuantan Port expansion, Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park, and Kuantan Integrated Biopark

    – East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan

    – Kuantan Waterfront Resort City at Tanjung Lumpur.

    – Greater Kuantan development that stretches from Kertih, Terengganu to Pekan, Pahang.

    Tourism has also emerged as a big contributor to the town’s development. Kuantan is famous for the production of handicrafts, batik, keropok (dried fish crackers) and salted fish from local enterprises.

    An industrial sector has also emerged with petrochemical industries, mostly in Gebeng, an industrial area about 25 km north of Kuantan. Among the major companies operating in Kuantan are BASF PETRONAS Chemicals, MTBE/Polypropylene (M) Sdn Bhd, BP Chemicals, MTBE, Flexsys, Bredero Shaw, Eastman Chemical, Kaneka, Polyplastics, Mieco, KNM, JiKang, W.R. Grace, Cryovac, Wasco Pipeline Coatings, and AMC

     

    ECER Special Economic Zone

    The launch of the East Coast Economic Region in 2009 has been planned to be an economic game changer for the state and the east coast region. Stretching from Kertih in Terengganu to Pekan in Pahang it is one of the largest SEZs in Asia, covering 390,000 hectares.

    ECER SEZ aims to generate RM90 billion of investments and provide over 90,000 new jobs by 2020. Four seaports with Kuantan Port as the main gateway and two airports are being constructed to facilitate transportation between Indochina, India and China.

    The development master plan offers special incentives including  tax exemption, import and export duties exemption and 100 per cent investment tax allowance for investors.

  • KOPITIAM AND EATERIES


    Hoi Yin Curry Laksa

    No. 31, Jalan Telok Cempedak, 25050 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 09-567 3871


    Ana Ikan Bakar Petai

    3 Jalan Tanjung Lumpur, Perkampungan Tanjung Lumpur, 26060 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 019-987 8155


    Alor Akar Seafood

    Lot 7695 & 7696, Jalan Kubang Buaya, Taman Mariana, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 09-568 0720


    Cendol Air Putih

    Jalan Air Putih, Taman Berserah, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 016-933 3111


    Nasi Lemak Restoran Zaman

    Lot 1-3811, KM14 Jalan Gambang, Kuantan, 26070, Kuantan, Pahang, 25150

    +6 09-539 6007


    Jess Cafe

    No. A15, 80, Star City Square,, Jalan Seri Kuantan, East Coast Garden, 25250 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 017-946 3133


    Ah Wah Restaurant

    2000, Jalan Beserah, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 016-953 3048


    Restaurant Yat Hing

    A4852, Lorong Seri Kuantan 25, Taman Plaza, 25250 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 09-568 8644


    Restoran Meng Fang

    B1445, Jalan Beserah, Taman City, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 09-566 6126


    Restoran Ong Lai

    No. A6606 Jalan Berserah 25300 Pahang

    +6 012- 377 3486


    Restoran Wah Ping

    No. 10 Jalan Tas 3, Taman Tas, 25150 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 013-908 0580


    Restoran Tong Seng

    B-1774 Jalan Air Putih, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 016-934 9154


    Restoran Sri Galing

    No.13, Lorong Seri Kuantan 25, 255250 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 016-951 9922


    Restoran Hoi Yin

    31 Jalan Teluk Cempedak, 25050 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 09-567 3871


    Kedai Kopi Ah Soon

    Jalan Alor Akar, 25250 Kuantan, Pahang

    +6 09-566 6042

  • SHOPPING

    No. Shopping malls/plazas

    Address & Contact

    1. Berjaya Megamall Berjaya Megamall, Jalan Tun Ismail, Sri Dagangan Bussiness Centre, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang

    03-7713 7888

    2. East Coast Mall Jalan Putra Square 6

    Kuantan

    09-565 8600

    3. Kuantan Parade Lot S13A-S15, 2nd Floor Kuantan Parade, Jalan Haji Abdul Rahman, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang

    09-513 4388

    4. Kuantan City Mall Jalan Putra Square 6, 1, Level 5, Putra Square, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang

    09-531 6776

    5. Teruntum Complex Jalan Mahkota, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang

    019-982 3126

    6. Digital Mall Kuantan A175, Jalan Tun Ismail, Sri Dagangan Bussiness Centre, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang

    016-931 9130

    7. Mydin Kuantan Sri Dagangan Bussiness Centre, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang

    09-516 1051

    8. Kuantancommunity 2, Jalan 32, Taman Tas,, Malaysia, 25150 Kuantan, Pahang

    012-928 6223

    9. TC Uptown Teluk Cempedak 25050 Kuantan, Pahang

    09-560 4360

    10. Bamboo Salt Kuantan 11, Lorong Air Putih 8, Taman Beserah, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang

    017-983 5576

  • TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES

    Teluk Cempedak Kuantan

    No. Tourist attractions and places Address & Contact
    1. Resorts World Genting 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang

    03-6101 1118

    2. Sungai Pandan Waterfall Air Terjun, Sungai Pandan, 26400 Kuantan, Pahang

    016-922 4777

    3. Club Med Cherating Hvom 29th miles Jalan Kuantan -Kemaman Pahang Darul Makmur, Jalan Kuantan Sungai Lembing, 26080 Kuantan, Pahang

    09-581 9133

    4. Taman Gelora Jalan Dato Abdullah, Kampung Tanjung Api, 25050 Kuantan, Pahang

    012-364 8866

    5. Kuantan Waterfront Resort City Show Gallery Lot 120622, Pesisiran Pantai Tanjung Lumpur Mukim, 26060 Kuantan, Pahang

    09-534 2288

    6. Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Agricultural Park 25300 Kuantan, Pahang

    09-573 2194

    7. Mini Zoo Park Teruntum Jalan Padang Golf, 25050 Kuantan, Pahang

    09-567 3333

    8. Taman Rekreasi Kuantan Taman Bandar Emas, 25200 Kuantan, Pahang

    09-567 7657

    9. Pahang Art Museum Kompleks Pentadbiran Kerajaan Negeri Pahang, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang

    016-769 7966

    10. Mercu Junjung Duli Opposite General Hospital, Jalan Tanah Putih, 25100 Kuantan, Pahang

    03-2035 0000

    Panorama Hill, Kuantan

  • PERSONALITIES AND CELEBRITIES

    PROMINENT HOMETOWN FIGURES

    Mat Kilau (Jerantut) Pioneer Anti-colonial Leader
    Najib Razak (Kuala Lipis) Politician
    Abdul Rahman bin Tuanku Imam Nuh Pioneer Anti-colonial Leader
    Siti Nurhaliza Singer
    Redzuawan Ismail aka Chef Wan (Lipis) Chef
    Shahrir bin Abdul Samad Politician
    Nur Fazura (Pekan) Actress
    Ghazali Shafie (Kuala Lipis) Politician
    Jamaluddin Jarjis (Pekan) Politician
    Saifuddin Abdullah (Mentakab) Politician
    Chan Kong Choy (Bentong) Politician
    Lee San Choon (Pekan) Politician
    Ismail Sabri Yaakob (Temerloh) Politician
    Lim Ah Lek Politician
    Kong Hon Kong (Kuala Lipis) Businessman
    Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puri (Raub) Politician
    Looi Lai Meng (Bentong) Scientist
    Steven Gan (Bentong) Journalist
    Kamaluddin Muhamad (Bentong) Writer
    Lee San Choon (Pekan) Politician