Wednesday, 3 April 2013


The Malay children's play term for 'money grows on trees' is pokok duit when they play beli-beli (buy and sell) or masak-masak (children's cooking) in the backyard.

Kelantan used its own metal coins called pitis. These coins were round with either a round hole in the centre or without a hole. They were made with a hole in the centre so they that they could be stringed together. They were made to resemble a money tree, pokok duit.

Pokok duit and pitis may not be of any significance today, but if we look around, we will see that many people take this concept into consideration when they deal with money, be it a bank, design for a bank, or other.

What role did the pitis play? What does pitis look like? What does pokok duit look like?

Kelantan's pokok duit and loose pitis coins