May 30, 2009
Kelantan has gained a reputation as the Cradle of Malay Culture as people there have managed to preserve their age-old customs and traditions until now. People of Kelantan are also well-known with their warmth and friendliness towards visitors.
Kelantan is the most deeply conservative Malay states in Malaysia. Don’t get shocked when you notice that Kelantan’s highways have more signs with quotes from the Koran than the actual traffic instructions. At there, many signs were written in Jawi, the old Arabic script for Malay and even Chinese women tend to wear headscarves due to the long term cultural assimilation process.
People of Kelantan are using different dialect of Malay, which is famously incomprehensible by outsiders. As for second languages, some people can speak fluently in English, but do not expect everyone to be able to. Therefore, it is better to have some knowledge on standard Malay.
Labels: Malaysia - Kelantan