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Tip Of Borneo Simpang Mengayau 婆羅洲提示 新邦孟阿瑶
Explore the Wonders of Sabah Malaysia
Tanjung Simpang Mengayau or Tanjung Simpang Mangazou, also known as Tip of Borneo in English is the northernmost tip of Borneo located in the district of Kudat, in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. The tip marks the meeting point of the South China Sea and Sulu Sea.The original name of Tanjung Sampang Mangazou comes from the language of the Rungus ethnic group which resides mainly in the district of Kudat. The words Tanjung (cape), Sampang (union) and Mangazou (battle) refers to this location of a battle that occurred when the ethnic Rungus defended their territory against the attack from Moro Pirates. According to legend, this place was a favorite landing point for the pirates.
This dramatic headland is situated in the northern-most tip of BORNEO, about three and a half hours (or 215 kilometres) drive from Kota Kinabalu City. The name is rather mind boggling. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau literally means the ‘wandering crossroad promontory’ which should signify a few things, depending on which literature you read. First and foremost, this is the very point where the South China Sea meets the Sulu Sea. Somehow or rather, it suggests that the water from these two bodies of ocean wanders between each other at the tip. History also has it that Ferdinand Magellan, a famous seafarer, had stopped at the crossroad of these two oceans to repair his fleets. The local dialect name for this ocean promontory is Tanjung Sampang Magazo, which means ‘a junction where a battle took place’. A tale from the Rungus tribe’s folklore had it that the promontory was used as a lookout point to ward off the invading pirates, and naturally a few battles had taken place through the years. In short, Tg Simpang Mengayau holds a very important significance, historically and geographically to the people of Kudat and Malaysians as a whole.