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Kunak Town
Pekan Kunak
District Capital
A roundabout in Kunak
A roundabout in Kunak.
Location of Kunak Town
Coordinates: 4°41′00″N 118°15′00″E / 4.68333°N 118.25000°E / 4.68333; 118.25000Coordinates: 4°41′00″N 118°15′00″E / 4.68333°N 118.25000°E / 4.68333; 118.25000
Country  Malaysia
State  Sabah
Division Tawau
District Kunak
Population (2010)
 • Total 13,823

Kunak (Malay: Pekan Kunak) is the capital of the Kunak District in the Tawau Division of Sabah, Malaysia. Its population was estimated to be around 13,823 in 2010.[1] The population consists mainly of Bajau and Bugis peoples. There is also a sizeable Chinese minority, involved in running many of the shops in downtown Kunak as well as the planting of oil palms in the outskirts.

Kunak has three main secondary schools: SMK Kunak Jaya, SMK Kunak and SMK Madai. It is also home to a Chinese primary school, SRJK(C) Pai Sheng, and a several Malay-medium primary schools including SK Kunak 1, SK Kunak Jaya and SK Ladang Binuang. A resettlement scheme for Cocos Islanders is situated a few kilometres away, near the Giram Oil Palm Estate (run by Sime Darby Berhad). A jetty is situated about five km from the town, in an area named Pengkalan Kunak. A single road lined by wooden shophouses (possibly a squatter colony) leads to the jetty and wet market. In 2002, a 76-bed government hospital was built in the town. At around the same time, a new highway linking Kunak to the town of Semporna was also opened.



  1. ^ "Population by ethnic group, Local Authority area and state, Malaysia" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 

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