Tambunan

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Tambunan
Roundabout with statue of sompoton.
Roundabout with statue of sompoton.
Official seal of Tambunan
Seal
Location in Sabah
Location in Sabah
Coordinates: 5°40′26.47″N 116°21′53.58″E / 5.6740194°N 116.3648833°E / 5.6740194; 116.3648833
Country  Malaysia
State  Sabah
Division Interior
Area
 • Total 1,347 km2 (520.08 sq mi)
Elevation 750 m (2,460.63 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 35,667
 • Density 26/km2 (69/sq mi)
  Population and Demography Census 2010 Estimate
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
Postcode 89657
Area code(s) 087
Website www.sabah.gov.my/md.tbn www.sabah.gov.my/pd.tbn

Tambunan is a valley district covering an area of 1,347 km2.[1] in the Interior Division of the state of Sabah, Malaysia. It is located 80 kilometres east of the state capital, Kota Kinabalu (to which is connected by the Kota Kinabalu-Tambunan-Keningau Highway, 48 kilometres south of Ranau and 48 kilometres north of Keningau. At an average altitude of 750 meters, this valley, which is part of the Crocker Range, experiences a mild tropical climate all year long. The valley is peppered with terraced paddy fields and 70 villages. The dense forests of bamboo around Tambunan are a legacy of the British colonial period, during which an edict stated that 20 bamboo sprouts had to be planted for every bamboo cut.

Demographics[edit]

A census carried out in 2010 by the Department of Statistics estimated the population of Tambunan at 35,667. [2] Most residents of Tambunan are of Dusun descent.[3] There are significant minorities of Malays, Chinese Malaysians and other native Sabahan ethnic groups. The Chinese population in Tambunan consists primarily of Hakkas.

Workers in a paddy field in Kampung Tinompok (Tinompok Village).

Attractions[edit]

The Mat Salleh Memorial, located in the middle of paddy fields at Kampung Tibabar (Tibabar Village), is a concrete structure erected by the state government in memory of Datu Paduka Mat Salleh. Better known as Mat Salleh, he led a rebellion against the British North Borneo Company in the late 19th century in response to the locals' dissatisfaction with alleged exploitation by the Company. He was killed in a gun battle with the British police on 1 February 1900. The memorial was erected on the spot where Mat Salleh was killed after Sabah became part of Malaysia.

Tambunan is noted for the quality of its lihing and tapai. These are rice wines traditionally made by the Kadazan and Dusun peoples of Sabah.

Just outside the town is the Rafflesia Forest Reserve, devoted to the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia.

East of Tambunan is Sabah's second highest mountain, Trus Madi (2642 meters).

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Tambunan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
31
(87)
32
(89)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(89)
32
(89)
32
(89)
32
(89)
31
(88)
31
(87)
30
(86)
31.4
(88.3)
Average low °C (°F) 19
(67)
18
(65)
19
(66)
19
(67)
20
(68)
19
(67)
19
(66)
19
(66)
19
(67)
19
(67)
19
(67)
20
(68)
19.1
(66.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 147
(5.8)
94
(3.7)
147
(5.8)
191
(7.5)
208
(8.2)
185
(7.3)
130
(5.1)
124
(4.9)
163
(6.4)
180
(7)
173
(6.8)
150
(6)
1,892
(74.5)
Source: Weatherbase [4]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Town & Regional Planning in Tambunan". Town & Regional Planning Department, Sabah. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Total population by ethnic group, administrative district and state, Malaysia, 2010" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tambunan's Population Statistics (1991 Census)". Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Retrieved 6 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Tambunan, Malaysia". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on 24 November 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 5°40′26.47″N 116°21′53.58″E / 5.6740194°N 116.3648833°E / 5.6740194; 116.3648833