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Keningau is a district and town in Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia. It is the fifth-largest town in Sabah.Keningau is the oldest and largest town in the interior part of Sabah. Keningau is also located between Tambunan and Tenom. The town has an estimated population of 189,970 while the surrounding municipal area has a total population of 200,985.It also rumoured that Keningau will become the same status as largest town in Sabah after Sandakan and Tawau as the government currently upgrading the infrastructure of Keningau.Etymology and HistoryThe name Keningau is derived from the locally-abundant Javanese cinnamon tree which is locally known as Koningau. The tree is known as 'Kayu Manis' in Malay, and is sometimes also referred to as the 'king of spices'. The bark of this tree was collected by the British North Borneo Company to be sold as a spice. During the British colonial era, Keningau was one of the most important administrative centres in British North Borneo. The Japanese also used Keningau as one of its main administrative centres during their occupation of North Borneo in World War II.Keningau AreaThe following towns, suburbs and neighbourhoods comprise the area formally and collectively known as Keningau:
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