Menggatal

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Menggatal
Other transcription(s)
 • Simplified Chinese 孟加达
 • Traditional Chinese 孟加達
Menggatal town.
Menggatal town.
Menggatal is located in Borneo Topography
Menggatal
Menggatal
Coordinates: 6°01′0″N 116°09′0″E / 6.01667°N 116.15000°E / 6.01667; 116.15000
Country  Malaysia
State  Sabah

Menggatal is a Malaysian town and sub-district on the west coast of Sabah. It is an outskirt of the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, and is under the jurisdiction of Kota Kinabalu City Hall. It is located along Jalan Tuaran, which is the main road leading north from Kota Kinabalu city centre.

The town is notable for being one of few towns in Sabah where wooden pre-World War II era shophouses still stand.

Etymology[edit]

The name 'Menggatal' derives from the Malay word gatal, which means 'itch'. It is believed to refer to the name of a tree that causes itches.

Demographics[edit]

Menggatal was originally populated sparsely by native Dusuns. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this native population was supplemented by Chinese migrants, most of whom were Hakkas. The Chinese community of Menggatal, which is still dominated by Hakkas, plays an important role in the town's economy as its members own most of the shops in the town.

Starting in the 1970s, Menggatal has witnessed a drastic increase in the population of Filipino and Indonesian immigrants, many of whom have been naturalised (both legally and illegally) and live in squatter colonies.

Education[edit]

The state's main institution of learning, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, is located in a coastal part of Menggatal sub-district.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 6°01′N 116°09′E / 6.017°N 116.150°E / 6.017; 116.150