It is nicknamed "Land Below the Wind" (Negeri Di Bawah Bayu) as the state lies below the typhoon belt of East Asia and never battered by any typhoons, except for several tropical storms.  The mobile telecommunications in Sabah are mostly use 4G and 3G and there is also a free rural Wi-Fi services provided by the federal government known as the Kampung Tanpa Wayar 1Malaysia (KTW) although Malaysia's government-provided public internet speeds are among the slower than many other countries.  Following the British occupation of Manila in 1763, the British freed the Sultan Alimuddin from Spanish colonisers and allowed him to return to his throne; this was welcomed by the Sulu people and by 1765, Dalrymple managed to obtain the island, having concluded a Treaty of Alliance and Commerce with the Sultan of Sulu by the willing of Sultan Alimuddin as a sign of gratitude for the British aid. The statement read: “Any remarks alluding to ‘anachronistic claims’ would be rejected as unfriendly towards Malaysia.  In 2003, archaeologists discovered the Mansuli valley in the Lahad Datu District, which dates back the history of Sabah to 235,000 years. (SESB).  Many doctors who once served under the government hospitals have decided to move to private hospitals instead because of the heavy workload with low salaries in government hospitals although private hospitals won't easily recruiting them with some applications have been turned down.  Three airlines fly from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah: Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and Malindo Air.  In addition, of the total of 17,488 Javanese labourers brought in by the Japanese during the occupation, only 1,500 survived mainly due to starvation, harsh working conditions and maltreatment.  The Sabah Ministry of Infrastructure Development (formerly known as Ministry of Communication and Works) is responsible for all public infrastructure planning and development in the state. Sabah (together with its neighbour Sarawak) has a greater level of autonomy in administration, immigration, and judiciary which differentiates it from the Malaysian Peninsula states. As in the rest of Malaysia, local government comes under the purview of state government. , Sabah state government also emphasises pre-school education in the state. 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As a consequence, this led the Malaysian government to once supporting the insurgency in southern Philippines.  Sabah held its first state election in 1967. The state has long mountain ranges on the west side which form part of the Crocker Range National Park. ) are said to originate from South China and Northern Vietnam, and are more closely related to a number of indigenous groups in the Philippines and Formosa (Taiwan) than to the indigenous peoples of neighbouring Sarawak and Kalimantan, These claims were also supported by the findings of Charles Hose and William McDougall in their account of the "Pagan Tribes of Borneo", which stated: "The people in northern Borneo are probably part of Mongolian blood and descended from a race inhabiting southern China. Due to this, SDC was implemented to expand the road coverage in Sabah along with the construction of Pan-Borneo Highway. The occupation of the territory first by Overbeck and Dent and later by the British North Borneo Company had been occupation by lessee or an administrator, not occupation by an owner or sovereign.”. , Until the 2008 Malaysian general election, Sabah along with the states of Kelantan and Terengganu, were the only three states in Malaysia that had ever been ruled by opposition parties not part of the ruling BN coalition. Sabah has land borders with the Malaysian state of Sarawak to the southwest and Indonesia's Kalimantan region to the south.  In 2019, Digi launches its home fibre broadband in Sabah with speed up to 1 Gbit/s. Legislation regarding state elections is within the powers of the federal government and not the state.  The English Tea House and Restaurant in Sandakan is another attraction promoting the British tea culture. The two neighbours recently resumed bickering over Sabah’s status, however, after the US embassy in Manila sent a tweet in July describing Sabah as a part of Malaysia. Dido for the suppression of piracy : with extracts from the journal of James Brooke, Esq., of Sarawak", "British North Borneo Treaties. Operating with 73 water treatments plants, an average of 1.19 billion litres of water are distributed daily to meet Sabahan residents demands.  The state coastline is covered with mangrove and nipah forests. 8: An Episode in the History of Lower-Class by Yamazaki Tomoko.  There is two types of free-to-air television provider such as MYTV Broadcasting (digital terrestrial) and Astro NJOI (satellite), while an IPTV via the Unifi TV through Unifi fibre optic internet subscription.  The Chinese were represented by Philip Lee, part of the resistance movement against the Japanese, who eventually supported the transfer of power to the Crown colony. , Sabah is a sister state/province to Jiangxi Province in China, and Ratchaburi Province in Thailand. The Japanese ran a brutal prisoner of war camp known as Sandakan camp for those siding with the British. , Sabah culture is diverse due to a wide range of different ethnicity.  Every ethnic groups celebrate their own festivals and the culture of open house (rumah terbuka) with the visits of families and friends from other races and religion are a norm especially with the interracial marriage between different ethnic groups of different background. Sabah was ceded to Malaysia together with Sarawak and Singapore by Great Britain to form the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. It was believed that Po Ni existed at the mouth of Brunei River and was the predecessor to the Bruneian Empire.  The barter trade activity was resumed on 1 February 2017 with the increase of security surveillance and enforcement from both Malaysia and the Philippines authorities to jointly secure their borders. Thus, the recent affray between Locsin and Hishammuddin on Twitter to some extent resuscitated the dormant, long-standing but disquieting territorial dispute between the two ASEAN neighbours over the claim on Sabah. Nevertheless, since the founding of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963 till this day, the Philippines has refused to recognise the possession of Sabah by Malaysia.  The state currently has a total of eight ports with two in Sepanggar while each one in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau, Kudat, Kunak and Lahad Datu that was operated and maintained by the Sabah Ports Authority owned by Suria Group.  Every ethnic group has its own cuisine with different styles of preparing, cooking, serving and eating the food. These places are either designated as national parks, wildlife reserves, virgin jungle reserves, or protection forest reserve.  Under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment, any persons hunting inside conservation lands are liable for imprisonment for five years and fined with RM50,000. Since the 9MP, various road projects has been undertaken under the SDC and around RM50 million has been spent to repairs Sabah main roads since the 8MP.  He continued this operation until this land also was ceded to Overbeck, with the Sultan receiving an annual payment of $5,000, by a treaty signed in 1878. Bordering the Philippine Turtle Islands is the Turtle Islands National Park, it consists of three islands of Selingaan, Bakkungan Kechil and Gulisaan which is notable as the nesting place for green turtle and hawksbill sea turtle. , Much of the information of the territory was kept in the records of Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (since 1820) and British North Borneo Herald (since 1883).  In addition, the Sabah Sports and Cultural Board Sports was created on 1 September 1976 before being frozen in December 1978 for more than two years until 1 January 1981 due to specific reasons. , The total land area of Sabah is nearly 73,904 square kilometres (28,534 sq mi) surrounded by the South China Sea in the west, Sulu Sea in the northeast and Celebes Sea in the southeast.  The tourism sector contribute 10% share of the state Gross domestic product (GDP) and was predicted to increase more.  The 1Malaysia submarine cable system linking the state capital with Miri, Bintulu and Kuching in Sarawak together with Mersing in Johor with an increase of bandwidth capacity up to 12 terabyte per second. The Philippines must apologise to the people of Malaysia for making such an outrageous claim,” she added.  The highest peak is the Mount Kinabalu, with a height around 4,095 metres. This has been evidenced by the long letter of Macapagal to the late President Kennedy on 20 April, 1963 where he said: "North Borneo (Sabah) as part of the Philippine territory is vital to the security of the Philippines.  It was finally agreed to exempt the policy from 1 June 2017; with foreign ships will go directly to ports in the East without need to go to West Malaysia although Cabotage Policy on transshipment of goods within Sabah and Sarawak and the federal territory of Labuan remain. Beyond the coasts of Sabah lie a number of islands rich with coral reefs such as Ligitan, Sipadan, Selingaan, Tiga and Layang-Layang (Swallow Reef). The government also operate another two state radio channels, namely Sabah FM and Sabah vFM along with district channels such as Sandakan FM, Tawau FM and Keningau FM.  Its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is much larger towards the South China Sea and Celebes Sea than to the Sulu Sea. Other major towns in Sabah include Sandakan and Tawau.  Following the various initiatives by state government to encourage local entrepreneurs for state handicrafts, there were a total of 526 entrepreneurs in 2012 which increased to 1,483 in 2013 and 1,702 in 2014 with total sales value up from RM31 million to RM56 million. The Philippines was explaining the history and legal basis of its claim over Sabah and the origins of the dispute to the UK government. , Following the successful formation of Malaysia, Donald Stephens became the first chief minister of Sabah. In 2006, the state has the lowest Direct Exchange Line (DEL) penetration rate, with cellular and internet dial-up penetrations rate only 6.5 per 100 inhabitants.  The Tun Mustapha Marine Park is the largest marine park located in the north of Sabah.  Australian author Wendy Law Suart lived in North Borneo capital between 1949 and 1953 and wrote a book titled "The Lingering Eye – Recollections of North Borneo" based on her experiences there. , Sabah's public infrastructure are still lagged behind mostly due to its geographical challenges as the second largest state in Malaysia. While Sabah mostly exports raw petroleum and palm oil. , Sabah consists of five administrative divisions, which are in turn divided into 26 districts.  The western part of Sabah is generally mountainous, containing three highest peak.  In the same year, the state capital name of "Jesselton" was renamed to "Kota Kinabalu". , From 2010 to 2011, the state experienced a slower growth due to weaker performance on the oil and gas sector.  In the 14th century, Brunei and Sulu was part of the Majapahit Empire but in 1369, Sulu successfully rebelled and then attacked Brunei which was still a Majapahit tributary, the Sulus were then repelled but Brunei became weakened. , Electricity distribution in the state as well in the Federal Territory of Labuan are operated and managed by the Sabah Electricity Sdn.  The state government of Sabah ceded Labuan to the Malaysian federal government, and Labuan became a federal territory on 16 April 1984. Sabah is, and will always be, part of Malaysia," Hussein tweeted on July 29.  It is one of the highest peak between the Himalayas and New Guinea.  While the name Saba also refers to a variety of banana in both Tagalog and Visayan languages, the word in Visayan has the meaning of "noisy".  The post of the Resident was abolished and replaced with district officers for each of the district when North Borneo became part of Malaysia. British North Borneo Crown 1946–1963, The earliest known human settlement into the region existed 20,000–30,000 years ago, as evidenced by stone tools and food remains found by excavations along the Darvel Bay area at Madai-Baturong caves near the Tingkayu River. The increasing number of tourists on the purpose of culinary tourism has since raised the local awareness on the importance of local food to state tourism. However, in practice this system was problematic as it is too short for any leader to carry out long-term plans.  In 1961, Sabah including neighbouring Sarawak, which had been included in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through the participation of the United Kingdom, became joint associate members of the IMO.  Since 2007, there is an attempt to establish a coal power plant in Lahad Datu which receiving opposition from local residents and non-governmental organisations for the pollution that would be caused by the plant. , From before the formation of Malaysia until 1966, Indonesia adopted a hostile policy towards the British-backed Malaya, leading after union to the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.  In 1960, the overall literacy rate in North Borneo was only 24%.  Abu Bakar Ellah (popularly known as Ampal) then became the leading artist of Sabah comedy film with his film titled "Orang Kita". During the ceremony, both the Union Jack and Chinese flag were raised from the bullet-ridden Jesselton Survey Hall building. 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In September 2019, Malaysia issued a strongly worded statement as a warning to the Philippines after Locsin avowed the Philippines’ claim to Sabah on various occasions including his statements on Sabah in a congressional budget briefing. The Philippines has maintained its contention that Overbeck and Dent only transferred the rights on the leasehold and not sovereignty over Sabah since the transaction was a private one. Empire of Japan 1942–1945 , In 1761, Alexander Dalrymple, an officer of the British East India Company, concluded an agreement with the Sultan of Sulu to allow him to set up a trading post for the first time in northern Borneo, although this was to prove a failure.  While local authorities being fully appointed by the state government owing to the suspension of local elections by the federal government.  He was succeeded by his son Hsia-wang who agreed to send tribute to China once every three years.  But the British abandoned the island two years later when the Sulu pirates began attacking. Kota Kinabalu Port remain as a general cargo port.  From 2016, Unifi fibre optic coverage began to expanded to other towns aside from the main city and major towns, alongside Celcom and Maxis by the following year with a speed up to 100 Mbit/s. Later on, the British North Borneo Chartered Company surrendered its duties and North Borneo became a British crown colony on 10 July, 1946. Other alternative plan including using the Brunei internet gateway in a short term before establishing Sabah own gateway. The average daily temperature varies from 27 °C (81 °F) to 34 °C (93 °F), with a considerable amount of rain from 1,800 millimetres to 4,000 millimetres. Sabah shares maritime borders with Vietnam to the west and the Philippines to the north and east.  The indigenous languages of Sabah can be divided into four language families of Dusunic, Murutic, Paitanic and Sama–Bajau. , An English author K.G. Also, a proposal by a Philippine congressional committee to include Sabah in the map of the Philippines to be printed in Philippine passports grabbed headlines in Malaysia too. The British saw Japanese advances in the area as motivated by political and territorial ambitions rather than economic factors. There should be no attempts to take Sabah out of Malaysia or attempts by anyone to claim Sabah as part of their region.” Philippines approves a bill to include Sabah in the country’s map on issued passports; Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia displayed on map pictured  The construction for the first geothermal plant that expected to be completed in 2017 however was abandoned by the previous government in the mid-2016 with no sign of further progress.  The Crown Colony of Labuan was integrated into this new colony. , Smile Islands of Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug, The jungles of Sabah host a diverse array of plant and animal species.  As a result of the expansion, the airport is able to accommodate large passenger aircraft such as the Boeing 747. While all ports in the northern and eastern Sabah served to handle palm oil related products such as fertiliser, palm kernel as well for general cargo. Adjacent to the Crocker Range is the Trus Madi Range with Mount Trus Madi, with a height of 2,642 metres. But even before Malaysia incorporated Sabah into its federation, President Diosdado Macapagal’s administration formally revived the Philippines’ longstanding claim to the territory (the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu had ceded full sovereignty, title and dominion over Sabah to the Philippine Republic).  The Sapangar Bay Container Port is the main transshipment hub for the BIMP-EAGA region.  The river begins from the western ranges and snakes its way through the central region towards the east coast out into the Sulu Sea.  The recent findings in 2011 found the literacy rate have increase to 79%. Machinery and transportation equipment accounted for most of the imported products followed by fuel, mineral lubricants and others. In the Manila Accord of 1963 between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines…  After that, Chinese junks came to northern Borneo with cargoes of spices, bird nests, shark fins, camphor, rattan and pearls.  Although the Philippine claim to Sabah has not been actively pursued for some years, some Filipino politicians are promising to bring it up again, while the Malaysian government asks the Philippines not to threaten ties over such issue. , Sabah uses a dual carriageway with the left-hand traffic rule. Sabah was previously known as North Borneo before the formation of the Malaysian Federation in 1963. , Handicraft and souvenir productions are part of the tourism products in Sabah.  Macapagal, considering Sabah to be property of the Sultanate of Sulu, saw the attempt to integrate Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei into the Federation of Malaysia as "trying to impose authority of Malaya into these states". All operations under Telecommunications Department Malaysia was then transferred to Syarikat Telekom Malaysia Berhad (STM) which become a public listed company in 1991 with the federal government retained a majority shareholding.  The chief minister is the head of government as well the leader of the state cabinet. The earliest human settlement in Sabah can be traced back to 20,000–30,000 years ago along the Darvel Bay area at the Madai-Baturong caves.  The Sultanate of Bulungan's influence was limited to the Tawau area, who came under the influence of the Sulu Sultanate before gaining its own rule after the 1878 treaty between the British and Spanish governments.  Further large infrastructure allocation were delivered to both Sabah and Sarawak under the 2020 Malaysian Budget which include budget on improving connectivity and developing digital infrastructures for high speed internet in the rural areas.  In 2017, an English woman named Mary Christina Lewin (Tina Rimmer) who had lived in North Borneo since 1949, was given the ‘Sabah Cultural Icon’ as the first person to receive the award for her lifelong contribution to the people in the territory and her biggest role as educationist and artist who portrayed the life scene of North Borneo through her artworks.  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