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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA

KUALA PENYU : General Info & Tourist Attraction

 
 

KUALA PENYU TOWN

SABAH - BORNEO MALAYSIA

 

 

A town located in the Interior Division of Sabah, it is home to the Kadazan or Dusun Tatana community as the largest single ethnic group. Kuala Penyu is located on the Klias Peninsula, which was originally covered with mangrove swamp forests. Administratively, this district is divided into three parts?Sitompok, Bundu and Menumbok. It is one of the gateways to Pulau Tiga Survivor Island. Kuala Penyu is famous for its beaches, especially the Tempurung Beach, Sawangan Beach and Sungai Labuan Waterfront. Kuala Penyu is also a district dotted by sago trees which are widely planted throughout the area. In fact, the sago plant is such a popular product in the district that there is an annual celebration for it called the Pesta Rumbia.

 
 

RUMBIA INFORMATION CENTRE

 

There is more than meets eye when it comes to the sago plant, also known as rumbia. It has fascinated local communities and foreign visitors alike with its wide variety of uses and many visit the Rumbia Information Centre in Kuala Penyu to learn more about it. Scientifically known as matroxylon sagus or metroxylon rumphii, the rumbia comes from the family of palmae. It is mostly found in Kuala Penyu and the surrounding districts of Beaufort and Papar. Sago Palm matures in 9 to 12 years. The starch or sago is extracted from the stem of a matured rumbia. Sago is rich in carbohydrate and is an alternative staple food for the Bisayas and Kadazan (Dusun Tatana) people, and is locally known as "ambuyut".

 

It was said that during the Japanese occupation, the local population was saved from starvation by making sago their staple food. No part of the sago palm is discarded. The locals used the leave as roofing materials and the branches (known locally as kumbar) for making their house's walls. Floor mats, baskets of various sizes and shape are some of the examples of things made entirely from various parts of the plant. The information centre, located in Kampung Kasugira, also holds exhibitions on handicrafts made out of the sago plant and a demonstration on how to make sago delicacies. If you're ever in the quaint district of Kuala Penyu, be sure to swing by!

 

Getting There

Kuala Penyu is 120km from Kota Kinabalu city. Take a bus from the Segama overhead bridge (next to the Post Office) and a one way-trip will cost you approximately RM18.00. A taxi ride from the taxi stand next to the Merdeka Field should cost around RM180.00 (up to groups of four) per way.

 
 
 
 
KUALA PENYU : General Info & Tourist Attraction
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA