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GENERAL INFORMATION
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Interior Division | Kudat Division |Sandakan Division |Tawau Division |West Coast Division

Sabah covers an area of about 73,619 square kilometres, bordering the territory of Kalimantan, Indonesia. Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan, with an area of 92 square kilometres, is located off the north-western coast of Borneo Island. The state of Sabah consists of five divisions; namely, Tawau, Sandakan, Kudat, West Coast and Interior. The Divisions are subdivided into administrative districts. There are a total of 23 districts in Sabah. 

Interior Division

Area By Interior Division, Sabah
The Interior Division of Sabah is located in the South Western part of the state, neighbouring to Sarawak, the other East Malaysian state on Borneo Island. It occupies a total of 18,298 Sq. km or 24.9% of Sabah's territory and has approximately 14.7% of Sabah's total population (1991 census, Sabah Yearbook of Statistics, 1998). The main towns in the Interior Division are Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Sipitang, Tenom, Nabawan, Keningau and Tambunan. Long Pasia is the southernmost township on the Indonesian border. It has an airstrip that provides domestic air service once a week operated by Malaysia Airlines. This is the only means of contact with the outside world.

Source: Lands and Surveys Department Sabah


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Kudat Division

Kudat Division is located in the Northern part of Sabah and occupies a total of only 4,623 Sq. km or 6.3% of Sabah territory. Kudat is indeed the smallest among the 5 divisions in Sabah. The Division's main towns are Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas. The division has approximately 7% of Sabah's total population (1991 census, Sabah Yearbook of Statistics, 1998). Kudat Seaport serves the region for mainly commodity transportation. The domestic air strip serves the region in a very minimal way.
Area By Kudat Division, Sabah


Source: Lands and Surveys Department Sabah

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Sandakan Division

Area By Sandakan Division, Sabah
Sandakan Division is located on the East Coast of Sabah and occupies a total of 28,205 Sq. km or 38.3% of Sabah's territory. It is the largest division in Sabah. The Division's main towns are Sandakan, Kinabatangan and Beluran. The area has approximately 19.4% of Sabah's total population (1991 census, Sabah Yearbook of Statistics, 1998). Sandakan port is the
second largest after Kota Kinabalu. The port serves as a major timber export gateway. The Sandakan Airport serves the Sandakan division. The traffic was 9,810 landing and take-offs, 380,702 passengers and 3,404,071kg of cargo (1995 record, Malaysian Airports Berhad). Independent Power Producer, Elwar Engineering and Servest provide 3x 6 MW and 2 x 15 MW respectively of power generation capacity to the region (1996 printing, MIDA).

Source: Lands and Surveys Department Sabah

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Tawau Division

Area By Tawau Division, Sabah
Tawau Division stretches from north to Lahad Datu and south to Tawau. It occupies a total of 14,905 Sq. km or 20% of Sabah territory. The Division covers few main towns such as Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna. The division houses approximately 26% of Sabah's total population (1991 census, Sabah Yearbook of Statistics, 1998). Tawau port is the third largest port after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. The port serves the region, as well as the whole of Sabah, as one of the major timber export gateways. In recent years however, agriculture has replaced timber as the Division's main source of income. There are two domestic airports serving the Tawau division: one in Tawau and one in Lahad Datu. The combined traffic accounts for 10,646 landing and take-offs, 522,290 passengers and 4,361,529 kg. of cargo (1995 record, Malaysian Airports Berhad). Independent Power Producer in Tawau produces 3 x 12 MW power generating capacity for the region (1996 printing, MIDA).

Source: Lands and Surveys Department Sabah

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West Coast Division

Area By West Coast Division, Sabah
The West Coast Division, stretching from north to Kota Belud, south to Kimanis and interior to Ranau region, occupies a total of 7,588 Sq. km or 10.3% of Sabah territory. This division covers few main towns such as the State capital Kota Kinabalu, Ranau, Kota Belud, Tuaran, Penampang and Papar. It houses approximately 30% of Sabah's total population (1991 census, Sabah Yearbook of Statistics, 1998). Kota Kinabalu Harbour is one of the sea ports in the state's 1,440km long coast. It serves as the gateway for water transport in Sabah. It handles as much as 4,031,000 freight tonne annually (1995 Statistics, Sabah Ports Authority). Kota Kinabalu International Airport not only serves the West Coast division, but also acts as the gateway to and from the International community. It serves as many as 43,715 landing and take-offs yearly, and handles 2,410,807 passengers and 29,536,913kg of cargo (1995 record, Malaysian Airports Berhad). The Independent Power Producer in Melawa and Karambunai supplies 50 and 4 x 30 MW power generating capacity for the division (1996 printing, MIDA).

Source: Lands and Surveys Department Sabah

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All information are compiled by Jesselton Communications Sdn.Bhd. 2000.