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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.
This council is the oldest state legislative assembly in Malaysia, with the first General Council meeting taking place at Bintulu in 1867.
Sarawak is nicknamed "Land of the Hornbills" (Bumi Kenyalang).
Located in northwest Borneo Island, Sarawak is bordered by the Malaysian state of Sabah to the northeast, Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, to the south, and the independent country of Brunei in the north.
The capital city, Kuching, is the economic centre of the state and seat of the Sarawak state government.
The discovery of antimony ore in the Kuching region led Pangeran Indera Mahkota, a representative of the Sultan of Brunei, to increase development in the territory between 18.
Increasing antimony production in the region led the Brunei Sultanate to demand higher taxes, which ultimately led to civil unrest.