The East Coast is the poorest and most culturally conservative part of Malaysia. The economy is largely based on agriculture and you'll rarely see a woman without a headscarf. Kelantan and Terengganu (but not Pahang) implement and enforce fairly strict Islamic law (Shari'ah), which to some extent affects non-Muslims as well. Beaches and supermarket queues are sex-segregated, the availability of alcohol is limited, and in Kelantan karaoke and billiards were banned until 2005. Even the weekend is Islamicized, and unlike the rest of Malaysia, in Terengganu and Kelantan the weekend runs from Friday to Saturday, with shops and banks closed on Friday but everything open normally on Sunday. Still, the East Coast is not Saudi Arabia. Non-Muslims are generally exempt from Islamic law and the federal government has blocked attempts to impose full Muslim hudud punishments, complete with stonings and chopped-off hands. On the resort islands off the coast, dress and segregation regulations are ignored by all and sundry, nightspots dish out booze freely, and the occasional misguided backpacker sunbathing topless elicits more oglers than angry mullahs.