Bugis of Sabah

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The Bugis people are one of the ethnics that exist in Sabah, Malaysia. Their population mainly concentrated on the east coast of Sabah, especially the districts within the Tawau Division. The Bugis people can be easily identified by their slang which is quite different from the slang of the native people of Sabah.


The Bugis people probably arrived in Sabah during the 16th Century as merchants and fisherman, but there's no strong fact to support that. Only in 1840 does their arival in Sabah are acknowledged. Ranggu (an area in Tawau) is said to be the first place they resided. They mainly work as merchants but some are also paid to fight against the pirates of the Sulu Sea by the Sultanate of Sulu.

In the modern day, the Bugis people are considered non-native ethnics of Sabah due to the high number of Indonesian immigrants which a huge number of them are from Bugis ethnic. Since 1970, several groups of Indonesian Bugis are invited to Tawau in Sabah to work as contract workers for British Rubber and Abaka ( BAL ) Plantation at Table Estates, Imam Estate, Tiger Estate, Burut Estate and Merotai Estate. At that time, all of them decided to work in Sabah temporarily. But soon, they changed their plan and keep staying in Malaysia until they become a Malaysian Citizen.

But the big history of the existence of Indonesian Bugises in Sabah was after 1980. It was the time when Sabah was become developing......
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