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District of Malaysia
Flag of Jeli
Country  Malaysia
State Kelantan Darul Naim
Seat Town Jeli
 • District officer D.O
Population (2009)
 • Total 42,882

Jeli is a town and territory (jajahan) in Kelantan, Malaysia. As of 2000, the district's population is estimated to be 42,882. Jeli is administered by the Jeli District Council. Jeli is bordered by the state of Perak to the west, Thailand to the north, Tanah Merah district to the north east and Kuala Krai district to the south east.

Most people in Jeli work as rubber tappers. The rubber plantations which belong to the local people also attract people from outside to come and work. Commonly families own a small plantation of 6 acres (24,000 m2) up to 50 acres (200,000 m2) in size. The history of Jeli began when the government encouraged the people around Kelantan to start a great area of agriculture. This process began with a period of land clearing, or logging.


Jeli district (jajahan) was originally a sub-district (Jajahan Kecil),which was formed on 1 July 1982 from parts of Tanah Merah and Kuala Krai district. It was elevated to a full district on 1 January 1986. Being a totally new residential area, initially Jeli had residents coming from other parts of Kelantan. Jeli became host to thousands of hopefuls from all over Kelantan during the late 70's and early 80's, hoping to get a fresh start in this district. While the first generations of Jeli residents mostly involved in rubber tapping and other forms of plantantions for a living, the current generations have managed to find their way up to a much better profession, thanks to the proper education system and dedicated teachers available to this remote area.


Jeli as of 2009, it has a population of 46,700 people

Ranking Population Jajahan Jeli.

Rank Daerah/Mukim Population 2000
1 Mukim Jeli 17,734
2 Kuala Balah 10,198
3 Batu Melintang 8,056


The member of Parliament for Jeli is Dato' Mustapa Mohamed, from Barisan Nasional party, the current International Trade & Industry Minister of Malaysia.


Batu 13 Jeli is the wettest place in Malaysia with more than 6,000 mm (240 in) of mean rainfall annually. In 2011 8,596 mm (338.4 in) of rainfall was recorded in Batu 13 Jeli, the highest annual rainfall recorded in Malaysia.

Comparison Batu 13 Jeli average rainfall of 2013 with other places in Malaysia can be seen in Annual Mean Rainfall 2013 Locations In Malaysia

Climate data for Batu 13 Jeli Precipitation In 2013 (Mean Rainfall : 2010-2012)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average precipitation mm (inches) 289
Average rainfall mm (inches) 1,072
Source: Department Of Irrigation & Drainage Malaysia

Principle Meteorological Station - Batu 13 Jeli
Year Rainfall
4,383 mm (172.6 in)
8,596 mm (338.4 in)
6,428 mm (253.1 in)
Source Department Of Statistics Malaysia


There are a number of schools which serve the population of Jeli. The primary schools in Jeli include Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Melintang, Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendok, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Long, Sekolah Kebangsaan Jeli 1, Sekolah Kebangsaan Kalai (Kalai National School), Sekolah Kebangsaan Jeli 2 and Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Jering. Jeli also has a MARA junior science college, Maktab Rendah Sains MARA Jeli, which is an example of Malaysia's boarding schools. Jeli now has a new boarding school there which is SM Sains Jeli known as JeSS.

Currently, two higher learning institutions, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Politeknik Jeli are located here in Jeli. Politeknik Jeli is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in a few months. Universiti Malaysia Kelantan has been operating since 2012.


The main attraction of this district is the Stong Waterfalls. Towering at a height of 305 m, this scenic waterfall is the tallest waterfall in the South East Asia region.Another attraction at Jeli is Jeli Hot Spring, one of the hottest hot springs in Malaysia. Jeli Hot Spring is located about 15km from Jeli town. Jeli hot spring has a higher health value as it has a high sulphur content.

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