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Kelantan ~ Japanese Invasion


• An Introduction • Kota Bahru • Places & Beaches • Eco & Waterfalls • Culture • Crafts •
• Sg. Nenggiri & Caves •  Japanese Invasion • Kelantan Map •

• War Museum (Bank Kerapu) • Pantai Sabak •


Kampung Sabak - Pantai Sabak ... Where the Japanese first invaded....

Sungai Raja Gall at Pantai Sabak
It was here on serene Pantai Sabak on the night of Dec 8, 1941 that the Japanese landed to invade British Malaya.


Two days earlier the invaders had swam to the shore from the 63 vessels anchored out at sea and took cover at the lush nipah bushes, awaiting the attack signal. The defending British and Gurka troops fiercely resisted the attack, which came exactly on 12.25am – only 90 minutes before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour.


The only physical legacy of this bloody battle is a solitary pillbox, about a few hundred metres from the water’s edge at the beach. All along the coast up to Pantai Seri Tujuh, near the Kelantan- Thai border and the airport, there is a total of 15 pillboxes. However, most of these pillboxes are either left to the mercy of nature or otherwise occupied by unthinkable guests like a mini poultry farm strewn with
rubbish and bushes.

The bridge known as Jambatan Krai was used by the Japanese to cycle down south and eventually occupying both Malaya and Singapore. There are also some remnants of Japanese and British warplanes at Tanah Merah.
Though nothing can be done to stop the sea erosion, we hope that efforts can be made to retain or develop this historical site.
Location – Pantai Sabak is some 13km from Kota Bharu.


War Museum (Bank Kerapu)
The War Museum occupies the oldest brick building in Kelantan, dating back to 1911. This historic building now houses memorabilia and documents relating to Japanese occupation during World War II.
Opening hours: 8.30 am - 5.45 pm daily except Fridays.



Pantai Sabak

Pantai Salak is also a rendezvous for fishing boats, this beach boasts fine golden sands fringed by coconut palms. Perfect to picnic and relax while watching the return of the fishing boats. Enjoy the warm, clear water.



 

 

 

 

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