For other places with the same name, see Kunak (disambiguation).
District and Town

A roundabout in Kunak

Coordinates: 4°41′0″N 118°15′0″E / 4.68333°N 118.25000°E / 4.68333; 118.25000
Country  Malaysia
State  Sabah
Division Tawau
  District Officer Susilo Sumarto
Population (2010)
  Total 61,094
Website www.sabah.gov.my/md.kunak www.sabah.gov.my/pd.knk

Kunak is a small town located in the Tawau Division on the east coast of the east Malaysian state of Sabah. It was formerly a sub-district administered under the Lahad Datu District Office, but was made into full district on 1 June 1981.

Its population was estimated at 61,094 in 2010.[1] The population consists mainly of Bajau and Bugis people.

One of the old shoplots in Kunak.
Sime Darby palm oil storage tanks in Kunak.

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. "Total population by ethnic group, administrative district and state, Malaysia, 2010" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2014.

Coordinates: 4°41′N 118°15′E / 4.683°N 118.250°E / 4.683; 118.250

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