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Tenom

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Tenom is a town located within the eponymous district in the Interior Division of Sabah, east Malaysia on the island of Borneo. In the early days of British colonial rule in Malaysia, the town was called Fort Birch.The fertile land in Tenom and the surrounding area has made it primarily an agricultural area. The main crops in the area include soy beans, maize, vegetables and cacao. The town is considered the unofficial capital of the Murut community, whose most important festival, the annual Pesta Kalimaran (Kalimaran Festival), is held in the town. It is also the main gateway to other areas within the Murut heartland.DemographicsIn 2010, the population of Tenom was estimated to be around 55,553. The principal ethnic groups are the Murut (60%), Chinese (20%), Malay (10%), Kadazan-Dusun (8%), and Lun Bawang/Lun Dayeh (5%).Tenom is one of the oldest Chinese settlements in Sabah. The majority of Chinese residents in the town are Hakka Chinese, many of whom are descended from settlers who migrated from Longchuan in Guangdong, China. These settlers, who were mostly agriculturalists, were drawn to Tenom due to its rich soil.
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