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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.


(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


(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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Malaysian police made the arrests in January and early February in Sabah state on the Malaysian part of Borneo, not far from the southern Philippines.
She has emerged from her mud wallow at the reserve in Sabah state and is being treated by experienced vets, but is only drinking and has refused to eat, he told AFP.
The Consultation will be officiated by the Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister of Sabah State Government, Malaysia, Datuk Ir.
The militant group captured 70-year-old Kantner from Malaysian waters, near Sabah state close to southern Philippines.
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.
SCC is wholly owned by the State Government of Sabah, and operates under the purview of the Sabah State Ministry of Finance.
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.
Abbasi, during his meeting with the Speaker of Sabah State Assembly, Malaysia, Syed Abas Syed Ali, thanked him for the hospitality and urged on strong linkages between Malaysia and Pakistan.
Salazar said the renewed hope that Jerry Quijano, a native of Barangay Tetuan, would be spared the gallows came after Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jesus Yabes of the Migrant Workers Affairs Office has informed the city government that the convict's case has been brought to the Sabah State Pardon Board for possible commutation of his death sentence or grant of pardon.
Sabah state deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan later blamed the quake on the travellers showing "disrespect to the sacred mountain".
Sabah state deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan blamed the earthquake six days later on the travellers showing "disrespect to the sacred mountain".
Dutch national Dylan Snel, in blue shirt, center, is escorted by police at the <B court in Kota Kinabalu, in eastern Sabah state on Borneo.