Kusu Island, one of the southern islands of Singapore is located about 6 kilometres to the south of Singapore. The name means Tortoise Island or Turtle Island. From two tiny outcrops on a reef, the island was enlarged and transformed into an island holiday resort of about 85,000 square metres.
Story has it that a magical tortoise turned itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors – a Malay and a Chinese. On top of the hill on Kusu Island stands three karat (or holy shrines of Malay saints) to commemorate a pious man (Syed Abdul Rahman), his mother (Nenek Ghalib) and sister (Puteri Fatimah) who lived in the 19th century. Devotees will have to climb 152 steps to reach the top of the rugged hillock if they wish to offer prayer to the shrines.