(For other places with the same name, see Kunak (disambiguation).) 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. The population consists mainly of Bajau and Bugis people. 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. Wikipedia
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