Sabak Bernam Case Study

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Sabak Bernam is a district in Selangor, Malaysia. Based on the folklore by elders in Sabak Bernam, the Sabak Bernam name is derived from the word 'Sahabat Berenam’ (Six Companions). (source?) Bordered by the state of Perak with Bernam River to the north, the Straits of Malacca to the west, the district of Hulu Selangor and Kuala Selangor to the east and south respectively, Sabak Bernam is an area of 99,714 km2 and had a population of 113,245 people in the 2014 Census. Sabak Bernam’s population are divided into 50.6% male and 49.4% female. (source?) There are 74.10% of Malay, 19.35% of Chinese, 3.84% Indian and 2.71% of other races residing in Sabak Bernam. Interestingly, the Malays are of Javanese, Banjar, and Bugis descent. This led to the existence of different Malay communities with their own special dialects and customs. (source?) Since Sabak Bernam’s main economic activity is agriculture, the district is mainly covered by paddy fields. The district is divided into five mukims or sub-districts, which are Bagan Nakhoda Omar, Sabak, Panchang Bendena, Sungai Panjang, and Pasir Panjang. TABLE 1: Area and Population of People from Sabak Bernam’s Sub-districts. SUB-DISTRICT AREA (km2) POPULATION Bagan Nakhoda Omar 15,971 19,654 Sabak 8,012 17,482 Panchang Bendena 18,078 40,621 Sungai Panjang 28,179 11,858 Pasir Panjang 29,474 23,630 TOTAL 99,714 113,245 Source: Sabak Bernam District Profile by Department of Irrigation and Drainage MAP 1: Division of the Sub-Districts

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