Discover Sabah Institution


Situated at the northern end of Borneo, Sabah is home to UNESCO World Heritage SIte - Kota Kinabalu National Park. You can find many modern amenities alongside buildings with traditional Sabahan influences. Touted as one of the most culturally diverse states, Sabahans are warm, friendly and very hospitable people. A cultural gem, you can be sure to find many different cuisines and events to occupy your time.

Quick Facts

Number of Higher Education Institutions


Main City

Kota Kinabalu




Kota Kinabalu International Airport

Living in Sabah

Arriving in Sabah

Known for its world-class diving spots, golf courses and majestic mountains, Sabah is a state with enough distractions to last a lifetime. With Kota Kinabalu International Airport as the gateway to Borneo, infrastructure is modern and up-to-date.


Kota Kinabalu International Airport – Domestic and regional flights.

Airport Transportation


Airport shuttle service is available for commuting between Kota Kinabalu, and ticket booths are visible once you exit the arrival hall. There are three main stops near the city centre, so do check before dropping off.


Rentals are available and Malaysian road signs are easy to read. Driving is on the left side of the road and do note that there are toll fees for major highways as well.


All vehicles are able to enter and drop-off passengers. Do note that fares will include highway toll fees. Flag downs and ride-hailing apps are popular as well.

Getting Around Sabah

As a developing state, modern infrastructure is mostly confined to urban areas, although good road networks can connect you to any destination by private transportation.


Long distance buses are available from Wawasan Bus Terminal to the rest of Sabah and Borneo Island, including neighbouring Sarawak and Brunei. Public buses are available and depart from the newly reconstructed Wawasan Bus Terminal.


Renting a vehicle is a good option for travelling around Malaysia for extended periods. As a developed country, there are well-maintained roads, signs in English, and a comprehensive highway system (some of which have toll fees). Using navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze to get around is quite convenient too.


Sabah has metered taxis plying its routes, do ask them to use the meter. Otherwise, ride-hailing apps provide alternative options at a fixed price.

Water taxi

Some rural areas are inaccessible by road, making boat travel the only option. It is a popular mode of travel in some areas, and especially so for nature enthusiasts. Crossing into Indonesia is only possible by ferry.


The only time-efficient way of travelling to the far corners of Sabah is by flight. National carrier-operated FireFly and MASwings service most routes.


The Sabah State Railway provides transportation in air-conditioned comfort and services Tanjung Aru station to the south of the city centre to the interior of Sabah on a 134 KM straight route.


Exploring by foot is encouraged within cities as there are plenty of sights within walking distance of each other. Roads are well-lit after dark, making evening strolling pleasant. Signs are instructive and well-placed and pavements are wide to accommodate human traffic.

6 Things You Need To Do in Sabah

Explore Kota Kinabalu City

With golf courses and beach resorts, Kota Kinabalu has many modern amenities. Do stop by the Sabah Museum. Providing insight into Sabah’s indigenous cultures, you will not be disappointed by the wealth of cultural heritage on display.

Find out more here.

Hiking Mount Kinabalu / Kinabalu National Park

Rising 4,095 metres into the sky, Mount Kinabalu is certainly a sight to behold. As Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mountain draws many climbers every year. Do come during March to August for the best climbing season.

Find out more here.

Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary

Visiting and watching these majestic creatures in their social groups is quite an enchanting experience. Drop by at 10 AM and at 2:30 PM for the best chance to catch a glimpse of them as they come out for food.

Find out more here.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National and Marine Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park covers both wide swaths of jungle and marine ecosystems. Water activities like diving and snorkelling are popular and due to tourist, business are catering to tourist making it an ideal getaway.

Find out more here.

Diving the Sipadan Islands

Dive and marvel at the large pelagic species like sea turtles, reef sharks and  manta rays which can be found in these waters. Raved by many, it is high on the bucket list for many divers.

Find out more here.

Diving at Layang Layang Island

Another up-and-coming dive site, Layang Layang Island is located 300 KM northwest of Kota Kinabalu for a good reason. The island is sited on a coral atoll and shares the area with the Royal Malaysian Navy so do take care where you wander off to!

Find out more here.


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Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

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Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.