Limbang District

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Official logo of Limbang
Districts of Sarawak
Location of Limbang
Country Malaysia
District Office location Limbang
Local area government(s) Majlis Daerah Limbang
 • Total 3,976.60 km2 (1,535.37 sq mi)
Population (2000)
 • Total 40,959
 • Density 10/km2 (27/sq mi)
District Officer Anyi Ngau
Ethnicity Malay/Kedayan (30.3%), Iban (24.7%), Chinese (21.3%), Others (23.7%)

Limbang District is one of the two districts of Limbang Division, Malaysia. It has a total area of 3,976.00 square kilometers. The major town is Limbang. It has one sub-district, which is Nanga Medamit. It borders Brunei Darussalam to the west and east, Lawas District to the southeast and Miri District at the south and southwest. Due to being squeezed in between Brunei Darussalam at its north and coastal areas, Limbang is accessible by road only by going through immigration posts.


The population of Limbang district (year 2000) was 40,959.


Limbang is traditionally a home to Malay, Kedayan, Chinese, Iban and Orang Ulu people.

Limbang is the most culturally diverse and distinct part of Sarawak. It is a melting pot of many cultures, including Malay, Kedayan, Chinese, Iban and various Orang Ulu ethnic groups such as Lun Bawang, Bisaya, Murut, Kelabit and Penan. It has one of the highest concentration of Orang Ulu people in Sarawak.

Population of Limbang by Ethnicity[1][2]
Administrative District Total
Malay1 Iban Bidayuh Melanau Other
Chinese Other
Limbang 47,000

1 Excluding Kedayan.
2 Including Kedayan and other Orang Ulu such as Lun Bawang, Kelabit, Penan, Murut etc.


The economy is largely based on the timber and agricultural industries. Timber industry remains a strong component of the district's economy. Agriculture is relatively minor although growing steadily, with oil palm, rattan and pepper the main products.


Owing to its geographical location, Limbang is completely cut off from the rest of Sarawak's road network. It is however has good road links to both parts of Brunei located to the east and west of the district. There is also a good local network of roads in the district.

There are two road border crossing checkpoints in Limbang district, both into Brunei.

  • Tedungan: Located 43 km west of Limbang, it is the road crossing into the main part of Brunei from Limbang. The Brunei checkpoint is called Kuala Lurah.
  • Pandaruan: This checkpoint is located 15 km east of Limbang on the Pandaruan River which forms the border between Sarawak and Brunei's Temburong district. The crossing has to be done by ferry. The checkpoint on the Brunei side is called Puni and operates out of a wooden building located 500m from the ferry landing point.



Limbang District has five secondary schools: SMK Limbang, SMKA Limbang, SMK Medamit, SMK Seri Patiambun Limbang and SMK Kubong.[3] It has numerous primary schools, mostly scattered around Limbang rural areas.


Limbang has its own hospital which is Hospital Limbang. However, as for surgeries and more critical cases, they are normally referred to Miri Hospital, or to greater extent, Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching.


Limbang District has a police district office. There are also police stations and police bits located at strategic locations, as well as rural areas. Despite being the fourth largest division, Limbang Division so far has no district military bases. This is also true for Limbang District. Only small military camps do exist just to make presence at Limbang district.

Government services[edit]

Other government offices have set up their branches in Limbang Districts such as Royal Customs, Fire and Rescue Department, Education Department etc.

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