Malaysia was renowned for housing the tallest buildings in the world between 1998 and 2004. However, the record was broken, when Taipei 101 took over the title from The Petronas Twin Towers in 2004. Besides the urban masterpieces, the well-preserved Borneo Rainforest is also one of Malaysia's biggest attractions. Sabah, located on the northern point of the island of Borneo, is one of the thirteen states governed by the Malaysian government. The second largest state in Malaysia, Sabah shares border with East Kalimantan of Indonesia on the south and Sarawak on its southwest.
Sabah, when translated in Malayan language, is spelt as 'Sabah, negeri di bawah bayu' which means 'Land below the wind', as it is located just below the typhoon prone region of the Philippines.
Apart from the amazing forests, multiculturalism is another of Sabah's high points as different ethnic groups live together peacefully. Most of Sabah's people can be considered as minorities as they are non-Malay in origin and come from China, Philippines, Indonesia, India or other parts of South Asia. Some of the largest minorities that make up Sabah's society belong to Kadazan-Dusun, Chinese, Bajau, Bugis, Murut, Indian and other indigenous groups. Malay is the official language though English is the most widely spoken language.
The tourist industry of Sabah has matured and has been expanding in recent times, but still the state is successful in maintaining the virginity of its flora, fauna and its beaches.
Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia at 4,101 meters is also situated in Sabah. The region is also known for some very rare and protected, endangered species, including the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Orang-Utan, the Mousedeer, the Flying Squirrel and the Barking deer. Considered a 'botanical heaven', it contains some of the rarest plants on earth, such as the smelly Rafflesia.
Be it the tropical rainforests, luscious beaches, delicious Malaysian cuisine, or the welcoming spirit of the Malayan people, Sabah is a place where nature and man come together to form paradise.