Tawau Division

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Location Map of Tawau Division.

Tawau Division is one of the five administrative sub-divisions of Sabah, east Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It occupies a total of 14,905 square kilometers or 20% of Sabah's territory. The main towns include the capital of Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna.

Tawau division has 26% of Sabah's total population, with the main native ethnic groups consisting of Bajau, Suluk, Ida'an and Tidong indigenous ethnic groups, a minority of mixed Malay ethnic groups such as Malay Arab, Malay Bugis (Wajo), Malay Iban, Malay Jawa, Malay Banjar, Kokos or Bulungan,and indigenous ethnic groups Lun Bawang/Lun Dayeh and large numbers of legal and illegal immigrants from the Indonesia such as Bugisses, Timors or Tators and from Philippines such as Tausuq or Visayans. As with the rest of Sabah, the cities have a large minority of ethnic Chinese.

Tawau port is the third largest port after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. The port serves as a major timber and agricultural products export center. There are two domestic airports serving the Tawau division: one in Tawau and one in Lahad Datu. Independent Power Producer in Tawau produces 3 x 12 MW power generating capacity for the region.

The division includes the islands of Pulau Sipadan and Pulau Ligitan, as well as the northern half of Pulau Sebatik (the southern half lies within Indonesia). It also includes Tawau Hills Park.