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Sabah is one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. Situated on the north-east of the island, Sabah is smaller than its sister state, Sarawak.

See Demographics of Malaysia for some details about the population.


Sabah is a frequent tourist destination. Its most popular tourist destinations are:

  • several huge caves, populated with millions of swallows and/or bats
  • Southeast Asia's highest mountain, Kinabalu.
  • a large number of excellent locations for scuba diving, including the famous island of Sipadan[?].

Philippine Claim

The Philippines claims the whole of Sabah as part of the country's territory. This claim is legally based upon a gift bestowed by the Sultanate of Brunei to the Sultanate of Sulu[?] in 1704, because of military assitance given by the latter to the former. The Sultanate of Sulu then granted to the Philippine Government the title of sovereignty to the territory in 1962.

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