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A region of Malaysia in northeast Borneo. Sabah was a British protectorate, originally controlled by the British North Borneo Company, from the late 1800s until it became part of Malaysia in 1963.
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(Placename) a state of Malaysia, occupying N Borneo and offshore islands in the South China and Sulu Seas: became a British protectorate in 1888; gained independence and joined Malaysia in 1963. Capital: Kota Kinabalu. Pop: 2 603 485 (2000). Area: 73 620 sq km (28 425 sq miles). Former name (until 1963): North Borneo
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(ˈsɑ bɑ)

a state in Malaysia, on the N tip of Borneo: formerly a British crown colony. 1,736,902; 28,460 sq. mi. (73,710 sq. km). Cap.: Kota Kinabalu. Formerly, North Borneo.
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Noun1.Sabah - a region of Malaysia in northeastern BorneoSabah - a region of Malaysia in northeastern Borneo
Borneo, Kalimantan - 3rd largest island in the world; in the western Pacific to the north of Java; largely covered by dense jungle and rain forest; part of the Malay Archipelago
East Malaysia - the part of Malaysia that is on the island of Borneo
Sabahan - a Malaysian from Sabah
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The meeting was held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah State Administrative Center on July 12.
The kidnapping, which came after a 6-month lull of such activities, renewed concerns about security threats in Malaysia's Sabah state, which is a short boat ride from the southern Philippine bases of Muslim militants and kidnapping gangs.
Mosque chairman Jamal Sakaran at the weekend slammed "the unacceptable behavior by foreign tourists" and announced a temporary halt to any tourists visiting the mosque in Sabah state, adding the move was to preserve the sanctity of Islam.
The carcasses of the elephants, aged between one and 37, were discovered at different locations in Sabah state on Borneo island, local wildlife department director Augustine Tuuga told AFP.
The Malaysian air force says the helicopter, which was on a routine training flight, made an emergency crash landing early Tuesday two hours after it took off at a high school in Tawau in Sabah state. It says all 14 people on board the plane survived, and that it will investigate the cause of the crash.
Two Spanish David Hernandez Gasulla and Martha Miguel, Lam Wai Yin Tommy from China as well as local Armella Ali Hassan were greeted by their families as they arrived in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Malaysia's Sabah state on North Borneo.
Sabah state deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan blamed the earthquake six days later on the travellers showing "disrespect to the sacred mountain".
Sabah state deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan blamed the earthquake six days later on travellers showing "disrespect to the sacred mountain".
A magnitude-5.9 earthquake on Friday sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes on 4,095-metre (13,435-foot) Mount Kinabalu in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island.
Singapore and Malaysia's Sabah state are observing a day of remembrance for those killed in an earthquake on Mount Kinabalu.