Pitas District

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Pitas District

Daerah Pitas
Pitas District Office
Pitas District office.
Location of Pitas District
Coordinates: 6°43′00″N 117°4′00″E / 6.71667°N 117.06667°E / 6.71667; 117.06667Coordinates: 6°43′00″N 117°4′00″E / 6.71667°N 117.06667°E / 6.71667; 117.06667
Country Malaysia
State Sabah
 • District OfficerSapdin Ibrahim
 • Total1,419 km2 (548 sq mi)
 • Total37,808

The Pitas District (Malay: Daerah Pitas) is an administrative district in the Malaysian state of Sabah, part of the Kudat Division which includes the districts of Kota Marudu, Kudat and Pitas. The capital of the district is in Pitas Town.


Pitas is derived from the word "Nopitas" of Sungai language which means "lost". The Bengkoka River was once flooded and as a result of the heavy floods the river was cut off. The name subsequently enshrined by the people at the time which became Pitas.[1]


The Pitas District was once under the Kudat District Administration where Pitas was only known as a small district until 1974. It was then recognised as a full district the following year. The district office moved several times to a different location before a tragedy struck in 1999 where the district office was totally burned out and most important documents about the district are destroyed.[2]


According to the last census in 2010, the population of the district is 37,808 which consists of a majority of Rungus, a sub-group of the Kadazan-Dusun people and Orang Sungai (to which also the Tambanuo is included).[3] As in other districts of Sabah, there are also a significant number of illegal immigrants from the nearby southern Philippines, mainly from the Sulu Archipelago and Mindanao which are not included in the population statistics.


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  1. ^ "Latar Belakang Daerah" (in Malay). Pitas District Office. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Kronologi Pejabat Daerah Pitas" (in Malay). Pitas District Office. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ "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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