Long Banga

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Long Banga
Long Banga is located in Borneo Topography
Long Banga
Long Banga
Coordinates: 3°12′00″N 115°23′00″E / 3.2°N 115.38333°E / 3.2; 115.38333
Country  Malaysia
State  Sarawak
Administrative Division Marudi
Elevation 1,298 m (4,259 ft)

Long Banga is a rural village located in the north east of Sarawak, Malaysia, in the Marudi division.[1][2] It lies approximately 589.6 kilometres (366 mi) east-north-east of the state capital Kuching. The name of "Long Banga" originated from a small river near the site of the village.

People and location[edit]

Kampung Long Banga is actually two villages: one is predominantly Saban people and the other is Kenyah Leppo' Ke people.[3] The village is located quite close to the international border (Batu Kallong) between Indonesian Kalimantan and Sarawak. The area is on the upper reaches of the Baram River. The village is about one hour walk from Long Peluan and two day walk from Lio Matoh.[4]

History[edit]

The village is said to date back to about 1900 and was founded by a group of kenyah people from Long Peluan, followed by some saban people,[5] though some dispute this account.[6] They converted from pagan beliefs to Christianity in the 1960s.[5]

The village was used as a base by the Allied Army during the Confrontation in the mid-1960s.[5]

Travel[edit]

Before the mid 1980s travel to the village was predominantly by river, but in the late 1980s and early 1990s, this isolated place could be reached by small aircraft like the DHC-6 Twin Otter and helicopter. Now it is also accessible by timber or logging road from Merawa Camp.[7] There are also scheduled flights by Malaysia Airlines to Miri and Marudi.[4]

Facilities[edit]

Currently, the village has one primary school (SK Long Banga), a clinic, an airport (Long Banga Airport) and a church.[8]

Events[edit]

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Najib visited Long Banga on 22 July 2010 and announced a long-overdue road, a mini dam and a mobile medical clinic,[5] as well as a plan to survey native lands to give indigenous people ownership of their ancestral territory.[9]

Neighbouring settlements[edit]

Neighbouring settlements include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ M. Mohizah, S. Julia and W. K. Soh (2006). A Sarawak Gazetteer (PDF). Kuala Lumpur: Sarawak Forestry Department Malaysia and Forest Research Institute Malaysia. ISBN 983-2181-86-0. OCLC 85818866. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  2. ^ "Long Banga, Malaysia". Geonames. 1994-02-10. Retrieved 2010-12-27. 
  3. ^ Cecilia Lawing (2011-02-21). "Mararian Leppo' Ke, Long Banga". Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  4. ^ a b Charles de Ledesma; Mark Lewis; Pauline Savage (28 October 2003). Rough guide to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei. Rough Guides. pp. 500–. ISBN 978-1-84353-094-7. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  5. ^ a b c d "LongBanga: Kampung Long Banga Not Forgotten - A tribute to Malaysian PM". 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  6. ^ Kelvin Egay (2010-01-25). "Re-Situating the Sa'ban Ethnography: A Reflection on the Notion of Representation" (PDF). Akademika 77: 142. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Telang Usan: The Baram River of Sarawak". 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  8. ^ "Telang Usan: Long Banga, Upper Baram". 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  9. ^ M Jegathesan (10 August 2010). "Winds of political change blow through Sarawak". Retrieved 2011-03-07.