Sabahan – the People of Sabah

Sabah is a unique land, a melting pot of many indigenous and immigrant groups. The population of slightly over 2.5 million comprises over 30 different races and over 80 different dialects, each group having its own colourful culture, tradition, festival and customs.

Sabah People at Kota Kinabalu Markets

The indigenous groups include the KadazanDusun, Bajau, Murut, Rungus, Lotud, Brunei, Orang Sungei, Kadayan, Bisaya and many other subgroups. The Chinese form the largest non-indigenous group.

“Among the thirteen Malaysian states, Sabah has the most diverse, colourful and interesting mixture of cultural variations to delight lovers of cultural wealth.” – Universal Travel

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