Betong division is located between three main rivers, Batang Lupar, Batang Saribas and Batang Kelaka, covering an area of 4,180 km2.
By October 2011, the population was nearly 94,000, the majority being Malays (51,290), followed by Iban (37,283), Chinese (5,084), Bidayuh (225), and Melanau (219), while the remaining are other races.
Main areas are farming, agriculture and fishing but there are some who work in the public and private sectors as well as business (most businesses are family owned).
As a way to ensure the development of human capital to meet the demands of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and other major projects in the State, major investments are made in the development of educational facilities like vocational schools and polytechnics.This will also encourage more local and foreign investors to come to Betong and explore opportunities they never knew Betong had. An increase in investment will then ensure sustainable growth for Betong for years to come, which can only be good for young people.
In recognition of Betong’s rich history, rapid growth and contribution to Sarawak's economy, it was accorded Division status in 2002. It was then selected to become the administrative division centre.The areas of administration include the Saratok District and the Betong District. Betong has also been expanded to cover the Small District of Maludam, which was previously under the jurisdiction of the Sri Aman District. Betong is acknowledged by many as the place where the earliest educated Ibans can be found. This paved the way for Ibans in other areas to also educate themselves to improve their quality of life.
Typical Iban longhouse in Betong (Senunok longhouse, Ulu Paku)
SMK Datuk Patinggi Kedit Betong
SMK Spaoh Betong
SMK Pusa, Betong
SM Vokasional Betong
SMK Ulu Layar Betong
Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Betong (MRSM)
SMK Beladin, Betong
SK ST John, Betong
Kolej Komuniti Betong
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