Banggi Island

Banggi Island (Malay: Pulau Banggi) is located within the Kudat Division of Sabah in Malaysia. With an area of 440.7 square kilometres, it is the largest island in Malaysia followed by Bruit Island, Langkawi Island and Penang Island.[1] It is located off the northern coast of Sabah near Marudu Bay. The highest elevation on the island is Bukit Sinambung with height of 529 metres. As of 2016, it has an estimated population of 30,000.[1] Banggi's largest settlement is Limbuak. In 2014, a new township was proposed to be built in the island.[2] The island is also part of the gazetted area of Tun Mustapha Marine Park.[3]

Banggi Island
Location of Banggi Island between South China Sea and Sulu Sea
Banggi Island
Geography
LocationTun Mustapha Marine Park
Coordinates7°15′0″N 117°10′0″E
ArchipelagoBorneo
Adjacent toBalabac Strait
Area440.7 km2 (170.2 sq mi)
Coastline121.3 km (75.37 mi)
Highest elevation529 m (1736 ft)
Highest pointSibumbung Hill
Administration
State Sabah
Demographics
Population30,000 (2016)

The main ethnicities in Banggi Island are Ubian and Dusun Bonggi, but there are others such as Suluk, Balabak, and other minority. The main spoken mother tongue language is Ubian, with the official language Malaysian well understood by all.

District Office Banggi Island covers Balambangan Island,[4] Tanjung Manawali Island,[5] and Tigabu Island.[6]

Socioeconomy activities are mainly fishery. However, it does have palm oil, rubber and coconut plantation.

The nearest neighbouring Philippine island is Mangsee Islands.[7]

See also

References

  1. Roy Goh (7 September 2016). "Pulau Banggi deserves to reach its fullest potential". New Straits Times. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  2. "Banggi Island to get new township". The Borneo Post. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. Andrew Sia (17 August 2016). "Do you know where Malaysia's biggest marine park is?". The Star/Asia News Network. AsiaOne. Archived from the original on 26 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  4. Balambangan Island
  5. Malawali Island
  6. Tigabu Island
  7. "Taking the boat to Sabah for treatment". Daily Express. 6 August 2015. Archived from the original on 26 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.


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