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Sipitang (Malay: Pekan Sipitang) is the capital of the Sipitang District in the Interior Division of Sabah, Malaysia. Its population was estimated to be around 4,298 in 2010.[1] It is the closest town in Sabah to the Sarawak border, and is 44 kilometres south of Beaufort and 144 kilometres south of Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and also is 123 kilometres north of Long Pasia, one of the famous attraction in Sabah.

Sipitang Town

Pekan Sipitang
District Capital
Location of Sipitang Town
Coordinates: 5°5′N 115°33′E / 5.083°N 115.550°E / 5.083; 115.550Coordinates: 5°5′N 115°33′E / 5.083°N 115.550°E / 5.083; 115.550
Country Malaysia
State Sabah
DivisionInterior
DistrictSipitang
Population
 (2010)
 • Total4,298

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EconomyEdit

 
Sabah Forest Industry factory

The major economic activities in Sipitang are timber related. A pulp and paper mill plant was constructed in 1987 and is operated by Sabah Forest Industries, currently a subsidiary of Indian company, Ballarpur Industries Limited. Generally, these activities does not directly benefit the locals. Most of the locals are involved in subsistence farming and fishing.

The town is set to become one of Sabah's oil and gas industry centre following the state government's decision to build an oil and gas industrial park in Sipitang [2] and the national oil company - Petronas's decision to build Sabah ammonia and urea plant in this town.[3] The urea plant is planned to double Petronas's current total production capacity of urea to 2.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa),[4] while the ammonia plant will produce 740,000 million metric tons per annum.[5]

Culture and leisureEdit

Sipitang town hosts the biennial GATA (Gasing and Tamu Besar) festival since 2003. This festival features cultural events such as traditional games, music and dance performances, mainly of the predominant indigenous group in Sipitang district, that is the Kedayan, Lundayeh/Lun Bawang, Murut and Brunei Malay.

A 10 million project for the construction of an esplanade and a welcoming arch in Sipitang district was launched in 2007.[6] The esplanade and arch was completed in 2011.[7] The villages of Long Pasia and Long Mio and their surrounding conservation area are located in Sipitang district. The Long Pasia area is one of the popular tourist destination in Sabah, which places among others, the Maga waterfall and Kerangas park.[8]

Other utilitiesEdit

HealthcareEdit

The first medical facility in Sipitang is a dispensary, established in the 1970s. This site was originally a rest house during the British colonial days. It provided limited medical services, among others are external patient service, maternal and infant care clinic, and tuberculosis and malaria control centre. The current Sipitang Hospital is located off Sipitang-Mesapol road. It officially commenced operations on 10 April 1995.[9]

EducationEdit

 
Sipitang Library.

As of 2017, there are 4 secondary schools in Sipitang; SMK Pengiran Omar, SMK Pengiran Omar II, SMK Padang Berampah and SMK Sindumin. These schools are all located in the vicinity of Sipitang town.[10]

Libraries:

Sipitang branch library is located in Sipitang town. The library is operated by the Sabah State Library department.[11] Other libraries or private libraries can be found in secondary and primary schools in Sipitang.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Sipitang
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30
(86)
30
(86)
31
(88)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
31
(88)
32
(90)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31.2
(88.2)
Average low °C (°F) 25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25
(77)
25.0
(77.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 136.5
(5.37)
122.9
(4.84)
98.8
(3.89)
188
(7.4)
243.5
(9.59)
285.3
(11.23)
273.4
(10.76)
260.4
(10.25)
285.4
(11.24)
402.2
(15.83)
318.9
(12.56)
281.1
(11.07)
2,896.4
(114.03)
Source: WorldWeatherOnline.com[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Mariah Doksil, Borneo Post, ed. (2011), Oil, Gas Industrial Park in Sipitang, retrieved 6 September 2011
  3. ^ Bursa Malaysia, ed. (2011), Petronas Chemicals Up On Sipitang Plant, retrieved 6 September 2011
  4. ^ John Loh, The Star, ed. (2011), Oil, Gas Industrial Park in Sipitang, retrieved 16 July 2012
  5. ^ Ahmad Faiz Dato’ A Rahman, ed. (2012), Prime Minister Officiates Groundbreaking for SAMUR Project (PDF), retrieved 18 July 2012
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Borneo Post, ed. (2011), Arch greets visitors to Sipitang GATA, retrieved 6 September 2011
  8. ^ Outfitters Borneo Sdn Bhd, ed. (2011), Welcome to Long Pasia, retrieved 6 September 2011
  9. ^ "Pengenalan Hospital Sipitang". Ministry of Health, Malaysia. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Sekolah Menengah/Secondary School". Yellavia.com. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Perpustakaan Cawangan Sipitang". Sabah State Library Online. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  12. ^ "Sipitang, Malaysia Weather Averages". WorldWeatherOnline.com. Retrieved 17 July 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sipitang at Wikimedia Commons