of the people
early settlers of Redang Island were believed to have
descended from the Bugis of Celebes, Indonesia.
It was said that there were seven Bugis siblings
traveled from Celebes to look for new settlement. One of
the members, Batin Talib has finally decided to make
Redang Island his new home. He established the first
village faced towards the lagoon at Telok Kalong Besar
on the east of the island. To shelter from the strong
monsoon wind, he moved to a smaller island on the south
which he named Pinang Island due to the betel nut palms
(pinang) here. Another member, Batin Mina was said to
have settled down in Perhentian Island and his sister
Batin Cik Siti headed to Hulu Terengganu. The
where abouts of the rest Batins was however unknown.
of Redang Island
Redang Island is a home for a community of nearly 250
fisherman families who are believed to be the
descendents of the Bugis. They build their homeland in a
new village at the left bank of Sungai Redang estuary,
approximately 3 kilometers inland from the previous one.
It has been characterized by rapid economic growth and
improvement in most social indicators in recent years,
mainly contributed by tourism and fishing industry.