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Because of its natural resources, Sarawak specialises in the export of oil and gas, timber and oil palms, but also possesses strong manufacturing, energy and tourism sectors.

It is ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse; major ethnic groups including Iban, Malay, Chinese, Melanau, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu.

A popular alternative explanation is that it is a contraction of the four Malay words purportedly uttered by Pangeran Muda Hashim (uncle to the Sultan of Brunei), "Saya serah pada awak" (I surrender it to you), when he gave Sarawak to James Brooke, an English explorer in 1841.

Away from the coast, territorial wars were fought between the Iban and a Kenyah-Kayan alliance.

English and Malay are the two official languages of the state; there is no official religion.

The generally-accepted explanation of the state's name is that it is derived from the Sarawak Malay word serawak, which means antimony.

Other cities and towns in Sarawak include Miri, Sibu, and Bintulu.

As of the 2015 census, the population of Sarawak was 2,636,000.

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