Nabawan District

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Nabawan District

Daerah Nabawan
Official seal of Nabawan District
Location of Nabawan District
Coordinates: 5°5′N 116°27′E / 5.083°N 116.450°E / 5.083; 116.450Coordinates: 5°5′N 116°27′E / 5.083°N 116.450°E / 5.083; 116.450
Country Malaysia
State Sabah
 • District OfficerBubudan O.T. Majalu
 • Total6,089 km2 (2,351 sq mi)
 • Total31,807

The Nabawan District (Malay: Daerah Nabawan) is an administrative district in the Malaysian state of Sabah, part of the Interior Division which includes the districts of Beaufort, Keningau, Kuala Penyu, Nabawan, Sipitang, Tambunan and Tenom. The capital of the district is in Nabawan Town.


The district is formerly known as Pensiangan District before been renamed into Nabawan District in 2004.[1] The history of the district administration began in 1957. That year, the district got its own district office in Pensiangan, about 114 kilometres south of Nabawan. Since there were no roads in this area, the transport can only be reached by boat or with horse. The district officers stationed in Pensiangan were therefore equipped with horses to perform their duties. The telephone connection to the outside world was an electroless cable laid along the footpath from Keningau to Pensiangan, to which telephones could be attached if required. The first district officer in early 1957 was I.C. Peck.[2] In the spring of 1974, the administration of the Nabawan District Office was transferred to a newly established office. The Nabawan Scheme, a relocation plan by the United Sabah National Organisation (USNO) was trying to lure new settlers into the area. The plan was not very successful as it was poorly organised with many settlers did not stay longer and returned as they faced challenge to developing the area in addition to the strong traditional views held by the native people in the area.[3]


According to the last census in 2010, the population of Nabawan district is 31,807 and almost exclusively consists of Murut and Lun Bawang/Lundayeh.[4] The population is divided among the larger communities and the total area of the district as follows:

Nabawan District 31,807 inhabitants
Nabawan 576
Pensiangan 307
Sapulut 318
Remaining areas 30,606


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  1. ^ "Pensiangan District Council Instrument 1964 [Enactment No. 11/1961]" (PDF). Sabah State Attorney's General Chambers. 1963. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  2. ^ "History". Nabawan District Office. Archived from the original on 28 November 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ "History of Nabawan Town". Archived from the original on 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Population by ethnic group, Local Authority area and state, Malaysia" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2017.

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