Sabah, the Malaysian Borneo
The second largest state in Malaysia situated on Borneo Island which shares with Sarawak (another state of Malaysia), Brunei Darussalam and Kalimantan (Indonesia). Sabah is richly blessed with nature diversity, unique cultures, fun adventure, beautiful beaches, and fantastic cuisines for the adventurous taste buds.
Kota Kinabalu (formerly known as Jesselton) is the capital city of Sabah. It also often known as K.K. and it can be easily accessible by flight, land or ferry from Brunei.
Explore the unique culture and tradition of Sabah and get ready to experience sweet memories to last a lifetime!
People, Language and Common Customs
The people of Sabah are known as Sabahans. Sabah has one of the highest population growth rates in the country and currently is the third most populous state in Malaysia after Selangor and Johor.
There are currently 32 officially recognized ethnic groups in Sabah with the largest non-indigenous ethnic group being the Chinese and Kadazan-Dusun people is the largest indigenous group.
Bahasa Malaysia (national language) is mainly spoken by Sabahan. But apart from that, English, Mandarin and some Chinese dialects are also widely spoken.
Due to religious reasons, some may prefer not to have physical contact with others. However, a handshake is generally acceptable as a way of introducing oneself. It’s customary to remove shoes before entering a mosque as well as homes. In places of worship, visitors are required to dress modestly. Nude sunbathing is not allowed and is very frowned upon. Avoid pointing your index finger at others, as this is considered rude in the local custom.
Selamat Datang – Welcome
Terima kasih – Thank you
- Mount Kinabalu
- Sipadan Island
- Poring Hot spring
- Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
- Sukau – Kinabatangan River
- Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park