A Little Bit About Sarawak

Born and raised in one of a division in Sarawak has made me a Sarawakian. Living for almost 23 years here, I am sad to announce that I still haven't got a chance to discover my beloved state yet. I never seen a long house for real and never been to rural area in my entire life. Yeah I know that it sounds pathetic. That is why a travel plan suddenly crossed my mind. But before proceeding to that travel whole thingy, lets learn a little bit about Sarawak first! 

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Sarawak is also known as Bumi Kenyalang (Land of Hornbills) and one of Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. It's a largest state in Malaysia which is located in northwest Borneo, bordering the state of Sabah to the northeast, Kalimantan Borneo to the south, and surrounding the independent state of Brunei. Capital city of Sarawak is Kuching. Sarawak is divided into 12 divisions which are Limbang, Miri, Bintulu, Kapit, Sibu, Mukah, Sarikei, Betong, Sri Aman, Samarahan, Kuching dan Serian. Each division is then divided into districts and sub-districts.

Kuching : Kuching (Siburan, Padawan), Bau, Lundu (Sematan)
Samarahan : Kota Samarahan, Asajaya, Simunjan (Sebuyau)
Serian : Serian (Siburan), Tebedu
Sri Aman : Sri Aman (Lingga, Pantu), Lubok Antu (Engkilili)
Betong : Betong (Spaoh, Debak, Maludam), Pusa, Saratok (Roban, Kabong, Budu)
Sibu : Sibu, Kanowit, Selangau
Mukah : Mukah (Balingian), Dalat (Oya), Daro (Belawai), Matu (Igan)
Miri : Miri (Subis, Niah-Suai, Bario Kelabit), Marudi (Beluru, Long Lama)
Bintulu : Bintulu (Sebauh), Tatau
Limbang : Limbang (Ng Medamit), Lawas (Sundar, Trusan)
Sarikei : Sarikei, Meradong, Julau, Pakan
Kapit : Kapit (Nanga Merit), Song, Belaga (Sungai Asap)

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Ethnic in Sarawak
Sarawak has more than 40 sub-ethnic groups. Each ethnic has their own language, culture and lifestyle. Ain't that amazing?! (Honestly I only know Sarawak Malay regardless of the fact that I am actually half Melanau) Major ethnic groups are Iban, Malay, Chinese, Bidayuh, Melanau and Orang Ulu.

Religion in Sarawak
Sarawak people is practising a variety religions such as Islam, Christian, Buddhist, Chinese folk religion which is Taoism and Confucianism and also Animism. Among all religion, Christian is the highest belief in Sarawak followed by Islam and Buddhism. It is the only state in Malaysia where Christian outnumbers Muslim. Despite the distinction of religion and culture, Sarawak is still able to maintain the peacefulness and harmonious between the people regardless from what background they are coming from.

Language in Sarawak
The main language is Bahasa Sarawak (Sarawak Malay) which has a different dialect from spoken language in Peninsular Malaysia. Iban language is also widely spoken among people in Sarawak. Other than that, Bidayuh language has six major dialects which only spoken by few while Orang Ulu has about 30 different dialects  But based on history, English was the sole language in Sarawak and has always been the official language.

Have you gotten enough with this bits and pieces about Sarawak? I would say that my beloved state is really unique as the diversity of the ethnics and cultures has made it special and one of a kind! You gotta to hold on as I will write more about Sarawak especially about foods and its hidden gems!. I really wish I could visit the places by myself so it would be easy for me to be a storyteller.

P/S: If there's something somewhere wrong in this post, please tell me in a proper way. Thank you!

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  1. I am a Kuchingites :3 Sarawak, place like no other especially time Raya eh! I am also half Sarawakian, I can feel the different between Raya Kuching & semenanjung. Haha! Actually, tengah bulan 5 dah plan mok balit Kuching ngan family. Tapi Rayani Air suspended indah. Sedih~

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  2. Really want to go to Sarawak one fine day!

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