KOTA BARU: Many Kelantanese especially young women are not happy with the state being listed as among the “unromantic places” in the country.
Despite their dismay, many however agreed with the label given following a survey by international e-commerce platform Picodi.com.
Self-employed Tengku Norfatiah Nazirah Ku Hassan, 27, said she was “shocked” after reading the survey on social media which ranked Kelantan and Terengganu at the bottom of the list.
“l am really upset. But when l think further about it, it could be true. Kelantan has fewer romantic places for couples to visit particularly for newly-weds.
“The only famous beach we have was called Pantai Cinta Berahi (Passionate Love Beach), which is not the same as it looked in the previous years. Its name was also changed to Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlight Beach).”
Clerk Nurlisa Rusli, 25, said the ranking was acceptable after witnessing state’s development and the locals’ way of life.
“It is not that Kelantan is not developed but compared to other states, it is not that rapid.
“As an example, Kota Baru has turned into a dead town with no night activities being held except for night markets and others.
“Young people like me have no place to go. For instance, if we decide to buy fresh flowers to celebrate some occasions, there are no such businesses catering to our needs due to slow demand.”
The survey has ranked Sarawak as the most romantic state in Malaysia while Johor and Sabah took second and third place respectively on the list.
The study looked into the statistics of “romantic” queries on the internet in all states and created the ranking of the most romantic places in Malaysia.
The queries list consisted of terms like “Valentine’s Day”, “love confession”, “flowers”, “love”, and others which would typically be associated with Valentine’s Day.
Among all states, the lowest interest in Valentine’s Day and all things connected to it was noted among residents of Putrajaya, coming in at last place.
Kelantan and Terengganu took 15th and 14th place respectively.
The research was based on a comparison of the increase in popularity of various keywords between the period of January and February last year, according to Google archived data.