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Kuala Penyu

Kuala Penyu is a town located in Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia.Its population was estimated to be around 18,958 in 2010, with ethnic Dusun people of the Dusun Tatana subgroup forming the largest single ethnic group.HistoryKuala Penyu was declared as full district in the year 1975 and established as focal point for administrative and business centre. This district call as Kuala Penyu - derived from a group stones forming types of "Turtle" or call penyu situated at river bank or Kuala (in Malay). In early 60's this area was popularly known as "sitompok" whereby it refers to a group of stones.GeographyKuala Penyu is located on the Klias Peninsula, which was once originally covered with mangrove swamp forests. Much of these mangrove swamps were destroyed by land developers that later realised that the soils were much too acidic to support palm oils. It is administratively divided into three parts namely, Sitompok, Bundu and Menumbok. The district shares a land border with Beaufort to the east and a maritime border with the Federal Territory of Labuan to the west.DemographicsAccording to general unrecorded consensus, most Kuala Penyuan are farmers with some younger generations are migrating to towns. It is widely diversified with unrecorded consensus has it that majority are embracing or practicing Christianity or Islam, while some are still sticking to animism. As a part of clarification on ethnic group in Kuala Penyu, it's fair enough to mention that every one of them specifically by percentage base on previous official record through consensus report year 2010 was stated 18,958 peoples, where the most races as follow; ethnic Dusun people of the Dusun Tatana and Bisaya sub-groups, Bruneian Malay, Kedayan, Bajau, Chinese, Indian and others.
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