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Kelantanese Are Not As Bad As You Think

'We are not lechereous, just amorous' - Sabri'We are not lechereous, just amorous' - SabriHOW proud are the Kelantanese people? They love Kelantan so much that anything being said will not affect them. We delve deeper into understanding what's it like being Kelantanese.
We often hear stories that say Kelantanese people make the best of friends, but not when it comes to being the perfect match as a life partner.
Actor and comedian Sabri Yunus, 51, had a few things to say about that.
The Karoot Komedia host said bad perceptions on Kelantanese people existed way before he acted as 'Wan Semail' in sitcom Pi Mai Pi Mai Tang Tu.
Jokingly, he added that even before the 80s, the society had had that perception before he acted in the sitcom and somehow, his character gave an extra impact which added to the rumours.
Sabri, who hailed from Pengkalan Chepa, agreed to what people say about Kelantanese women, that they are naturally gentle and easy to talk to.
"The stigma mentioned earlier only applies to Kelantanese men who intend to marry only Kelantanese women because they are sweet," he said.
He also added that many are jealous of Kelantanese women for being sweet talkers and behave in a soft and gentle manner. Somehow, this package is what triggered the saying 'ore tino Kelate come-come belako. (Kelantanese women are so cute).
Neelofa. Pic: Faisol Mustafa/mDNeelofa. Pic: Faisol Mustafa/mDBeautiful actress Neelofa, 24, laughingly said, the cute and beautiful face that is synonym with Kelantanese women was probably because of Kelantan was so close to Thailand.
"In my opinion, being right next to Thailand is probably the main reason that we look like we do. Furthermore, most of our ancestors are Arab traders, which helped give us that Arab features."
Responding to the stigma that Kelantanese men are lazy and hot tempered. This is what we got.
"You have to understand. Kelantan is somewhat less exposed to the 'entertainment' world, no cinemas and other entertainments such as in Kuala Lumpur.
"Maybe when people come to Kelantan, they saw men loitering and chtting at coffee shops and thought they are lazy, but that is how they relax and have fun", she told mD.
She also said lack of entertainment is just one factor and that perception is now irrelevant because people from other states are more receptive towards them.
She explained that Kelantanese men are not what they seem as they are the backbone who pushed and support their (Kelantanese) women to the front and become successful.
The blood of The Red Warriors
Haryati Zamanhuri Nasution, 30,  from Kuala Lumpur who married Kelantanese Mohd Arfif Mohd Yusoff, 30, denied the allegations that said Kelantanese men are lazy and ill-tempered.
In fact, she felt proud that she is now part of Kelantan. 
"At first I assumed it was true, that they were like that. I admit that I disliked them and their culture, but all that has changed since I married one."
Haryati dan keluarganya. Pic: mDHaryati dan keluarganya. Pic: mD"The stories are untrue. Kelantanese people are a nice bunch and the food is good too," she said, adding that her daily menu is not complete without budu.
"Given that I have no parents in-laws, I am the only who will cook Kelantanese food, and after years of doing cooking and eating Kelantanese food, I feel as if I myself am a Kelantanese woman", she said laughingly.
Haryati added that her taste for food has leaned towards Kelantanese food.
Even their children are familiar with 'ikan singgang' and budu.
'Everytime we go back to Kelantan, I will make sure to buy supplies of 'ikan singgang', budu and Thai rice," she explained to mD.
'Ambo pun ore Kelate' (I am also a Kelantanese)
Interestingly, there is no way to describe the Chinese community in Kelantan.
They are the Peranakan Chinese and are very unique and different from other Chinese in Malaysia.
If you go to Perkampungan China along Sungai Kelantan, it is hard to identify between the Malays, Chinese and Thai people because they all look alike.
This was acknowledged by Low Chin Holder, 23, a student at a local university who speaks fluent Malay and proudly calls himself 'Cino Kelate'.
Dr Lim Swee Tin. Pic: Lim Swee Tin. Pic: said all members of his family speak fluent Kelantanese dialect and it is the language used between them.
"Since my childhood, I have been exposed to the Kelantanese ways and culture, regardless of the Malays, Chinese or Thai," he confessed.
Obviously, growing up in Kelantan gave the extra edge and he said his life is more like the Malays. This is because he has been around the Malay communities in Kelantan and been more exposed to the Malay cultures.
"Kita ore Kelate, ore Kelate mestilah makan makanan kelate, make nasi kerabu dengan tangan dan budu, dengar dikir barat (We come from Kelantan, Kelantanese people eat Kelantanese food, we eat with our hands and we eat budu, we listen to dikir barat)," he said.
In fact, he said, living in Kelantan under the Islamic leadership does not restrict them from living their lives as Chinese do.
Associate Prof Dr Lim Swee Tin is not a Malay, nor does he have any Malay blood in him, but he is a Malay literary proponent.
Born in Bachok, Kelantan, being bred in the Malay community made Dr Lim more of a Malay than his Chinese Peranakan origins.
"The Chinese in the West coast don't understand this, they were shocked to hear how we talk," he said in a 2011 article.
"In my family, we converse using the English language, but in any debates, automatically I will use the Kelantanese dialect and doing so gave my tremendous satisfaction," he explained.
Dr Lim said his love for the Malay language started when his family adopted some Malay cultures into their lives which eventually changed his way of life.
The family's spoken language is a mixture of Malay, Thai and Chinese.
He expressed sincerely, "I said I want to write in the Malay language so that the Malays will know that 'Lim' can write in Malay and love the Malay language."

Tahi Itik, Badak Berendam, Lompat Tikam, Lidah Buaya

Kelantan is also famous for some of its dishes and desserts, especially for those those who have a sweet tooth.
Just mention the name Akok, Jala Emas and Etak and people know they are from Kelantan. Same goes for Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Tumpang, Nasi Berlauk and Laksam.
You will probably guffaw out loud at the mention of traditional Kelantanese kuih namely the Tahi Itik, Kuih Kartun, Badak Berendam, Lompat Tikam and Lidah Buaya. 
But beware, once you try these delicacies, there is no turning back.
Kueh Tahi Itik/Pic:Pic: nidus2.blogspot.comKueh Tahi Itik/Pic:Pic: nidus2.blogspot.comThe most popular is Tahi Itik (Duck Droppings). It is not as what the name says. It is actually made from egg whites, coconut milk, sugar, glutinous flour and rice flour.
Akok is another sweet kuih that has a strong egg taste. The way it was mixed and baked are the main factors that will determine the taste which is the identity of Kelantan.
Nasi Kerabu is also synonym with Kelantan. Originally, these rice dishes come in blue and yellow colour. The blue colour is derived from the petals of a flower, Bunga Telang, while turmeric gives it its yellow hue.
Another Kelantanese favourite is budu. It is traditionally used as a dip for roasted beef, smoked fish and ulam (salad). It is made from anchovies or bari shrimps, left fermented until the flesh is broken and end up in a watery-paste form.
Surprisingly, a research made on budu by nutritionists from Japan, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Germany found that it is high in gluthaione which act as an antioxidant, body detoxification and help increase the body's immune system. All this will help combat various diseases and prevent cancer.
No matter what and how someone describe any food, mother's cooking is still the best.