Kuala Penyu

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Kuala Penyu
District and Town
An aerial view of Kuala Penyu.
An aerial view of Kuala Penyu.
Location of Kuala Penyu
Kuala Penyu is located in Borneo Topography
Kuala Penyu
Kuala Penyu
Coordinates: 5°34′N 115°36′E / 5.567°N 115.600°E / 5.567; 115.600Coordinates: 5°34′N 115°36′E / 5.567°N 115.600°E / 5.567; 115.600
Country  Malaysia
State  Sabah
Division Interior
Population (2008)
 • Total 22,367
Website www.sabah.gov.my/pd.kp

Kuala Penyu is a town located in Interior Division of Sabah, east Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Its population was estimated to be around 16,511 in 2000, with ethnic Dusun Tatana forming the largest single ethnic group. Kuala Penyu is located on the Klias Peninsula, which was once originally covered with mangrove swamp forests. Much of these mangrove swamps were destroyed by land developers that later realized that the soils were much too acidic to support oil palms. It is administratively divided into three parts namely, Sitompok, Bundu and Menumbok.


It is one of the gateways to Pulau Tiga National Park, where Survivor: Borneo was set. Kuala Penyu is also famous for its beaches, especially Tempurung beach, Sawangan beach and Sungai Labuan Waterfront. Sungai Labuan, as the name implies was taken from the name of a river flowing in the heart of Kuala Penyu.

"Pesta Rumbia" is a special celebration for "Sago" trees which are only planted widely in the district. This festive season targets to promote " sago" as traditional food and multi purpose product with full of nutrition. See calendar at Sabah Tourisme Board for more info for Pesta Rumbia-Kolampiar.something different what i learn before


According to general unrecorded consensus, most Kuala Penyuan are farmers with some younger generations are migrating to towns.

Looking at religion, it is widely diversified with unrecorded consensus has it that majority are embracing Christianity, while some are still sticking to animism.

As a part of clarification on ethnic group in Kuala Penyu, it's fair enough to mention that every one of them specifically by percentage base on previous official record through consensus report year 2000 was stated 23,670 peoples, where it notified by race as follow; Tatana (39%), Bisaya (35.6%) Brunei (13.1%) Kedayan (7.8%), Bajau (3.2%),Cina (1.6%), India (0.7%)and others.

Kuala Penyu was declared as full district in the year 1975 and established as focal point for administrative and business centre. This district call as Kuala Penyu - derived from a group stones forming types of "Turtle" or call penyu situated at river bank or Kuala (in Malay). In early 60's this area was popularly known as "sitompok" whereby it refer to a group of stones.

Kuala Penyu folks(mainly The Tatana) celebrate Chinese New Year as a big festival.

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