Ibans the largest in multi-racial Sarawak


The Iban ethnic remains the biggest community in Sarawak, with a population of over 713,421 in 2010.

This is followed by the Chinese 577,646; Malays 568,113; Bidayuhs 148,473; and Melanaus at 123,410.  Other Bumiputera groups come in at 156,436; Indians 7,411 and others 9,138.

Online Portal Borneo Post released the statistics in a report they published today, while saying that the population of the Chinese community has declined by 2.2% since 2005.

Apart from that the total population of Sarawak was reported to have increased to 2,47 million in 2010 with Kuching, the state capital, remaining the most populous with 617,887 people in 2010.

Miri was reported to have about half of Kuching’s population with 300,543, followed by Sibu (247,995) and Bintulu (189,146).

The major towns identified by the report were Serian (91,599) and Samarahan (89,923) with divisional towns like Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Kapit, Limbang and Lawas having a population of below 70,000.

Photo of Bidayuh maidens by Cyril Dason.