- Tanah Merah, Malaysia
Infobox Districts of Malaysian States
malaysian_state=Kelantan Darul Naim
parliament=Yb. Ir. Shaari Hassan
local_area_government=Majlis Daerah Tanah Merah
Tanah Merah (meaning "Red Earth" or "
Laterite") is a territory (jajahan) and town in the state of Kelantanin northeast Malaysia.
Historically it used to be a capital of a kingdom called
Chi Tu. Chinese Sui Dynastyannals of the 7th century describe an advanced kingdom called Chi Tu ("Red Earth") in the area now called Kelantan. The ancient name for Kelantan was "Raktamrittika", meaning "Red Earth" — this was later changed to "Sri Wijaya Mala".cite web|url=http://mis-pattani.pn.psu.ac.th/registra/grade/temp/speech/panel16fullpaper/EvanescentKingdom1panel%2016.html|title=Evanescent Kingdoms, Everlasting Spirit|author=Zulkifli B. Mohamad|year=2002|work=MIS Center PSU Pattani|accessdate=2007-06-10]
List of schools in Malaysia
Several types of school can be found in Tanah Merah.cite web|url=http://jadn.co.uk/w/SecondarySchoolsInKelantan.htm#TanahMerah|title=Secondary Schools in Kelantan, Malaysia|year=2007|accessdate=2007-12-10] Among the schools in Tanah Merah are
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Alor Pasir, 17500 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Batu Gajah, 17510 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato' Mahmud Paduka Raja (1), 17500 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Ipoh, 17500 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kemahang , W/P Felda Kemahang, 17500 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Ladang Kerilla, Peti Surat 39, 17507 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tanah Merah (1), 17500 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tanah Merah (2)(SEMETAM2), 17500 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Teknik Tanah Merah, Km.3, Jln. Tanah Merah-Machang, 17500 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bukit Bunga, 17500 Tanah Merah
*Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato Mahmud Paduka Raja (2), 17500 Tanah Merah
Total population in 2005 was about 108,228, the majority being Malays, with small numbers of Chinese, Indian and immigrants from neighbouring Thailand.
Most of the population is distributed among various villages (or "kampung" in Malay) and suburb areas, while only a small proportion is located in the town.
Tanah Merah used to be a small town, but has seen major changes in last decade when the younger generation started to migrate to the cities in the Malaysian west coast for higher paying jobs. Money sent back to their families has catalysed growth, expansion and development of the town.
Tourist attractions include the availability of a variety of foods, and cultural attractions.
The landscape of Tanah Merah is greatly influenced by the
Kelantan River(Malay: Sungai Kelantan) which supplies much needed water to its agricultural plantations. Mt. Kemahang (876 m) and Mt. Kusial (723m) are both located on the western part of Tanah Merah.
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