According to some, the name Tumpat originate from the fact that this was a densely populated area ( Tumpat = dense / solid), I remember when I was studying geography back in the good old days, Dalam Rhu (in Tumpat) was in the top 10 of the highly populated area in South East Asia. This used to be a bustling and happening place , with a port as well as a railway station, casino also got one !!
A bit about the history of Tumpat, extracted from http://www.tumpat.com/about.php
According to old inhabitants, Tumpat came into existence about a hundred and ninety years ago. Owing to the lack of roads and rail communications then, goods brought in by trading vessels were transported up the Kelantan River to Kota Bharu and beyond. Goods for export were conveyed to Tumpat by the same boats. The port became so busy that in the early 20th century the British authorities carried out improvements to enable larger vessels to use it. Before that, only vessels between 300 to 400 tons could come in, but with dredging and other improvements ships up to 700 tons could call before going on to Singapore. The first harbour-master was the late William Kerr, who came from Bangkok and he was appointed by the late Sultan Mahmud IV in 1926. His portrait hanged on the wall of the Tumpat Club. Tumpat has five small islands; Tanjong Dato, Tanjong Pak Jah, Tanjong Che Mas, Tanjong Che Tahir and Tanjong Rulah which are situated at the mouth of the Kelantan River. They were so closely situated that through constant silting Tanjong Dato became part of the mainland. The port has silted up in the present and only small shallow boats can be seen in the sand-filled harbour.
And this is what the olden days busy port looks like now..
To the locals, this area is called ‘Pantai Dor’ which is short for ‘Ndor’ ( pronounced en-dur) which means ‘swing’ as there is a playground at the pantai ( there weren’t that many playground in Tumpat mahh) , the playground is still around.
Some beautification project is taking place..pretty scenic horr ?
There used to be a jetty where my dad used to take me fishing when I was a kid, but the bridge had since deteriorated, And when I was in my secondary school days, this used to be our ‘hangout area’ , and on Fridays we look forward to the pasar malam ( actually more like a pasar petang) that sells all sort of food stuff, and probably the best ‘tepung malas’ and ‘onde-onde’
And this thingy is still around, I see the same structure in my brother’s black and white baby photos, so, this is really ancient ! hehe.. ( behind the structure, the other side of the wall (I think) is the District Officer’s residence)
There is also an aviary housing some pigeons
We saw a fenced-up area with this signboard – which says Royal Project of Kelantan, Ketam Nipah ( Mud Crab) Breeding Centre, Tumpat District , complete with the royal crest.
We decided to be busybodies and walked through the gate ( it was open, honest !) and asked permission to enter from a young malay chap who was working on something on a floating platoon.
According to our kind host, they had just started about a month ago, and it will take ~ 5 months until the crabs will reach a suitable size for sale, and as for now, the baby crabs ,( I dunno what u call them, fries ah ? ) are bought all the way from Ipoh to Tumpat for this purpose.
Each plastic tray is divided into 2 compartments with a divider and will house 1 crab / each compartment. If u look closely as the picture below, you will probably see 1 fish ( food for the crabs) in each compartment, Mr Host does the feeding once a day. ( u will probably also see holes on the top cover ( i named them ‘meal tunnel’ 😀 ) where the fishes are dropped into the compartment.
The water in the ‘pond’ will circulate whenever the tide rise
All the best to Mr Host ( may the crabs grow fat and tip the scales ) who has been more gracious and kind to entertain us and our questions.