Kuching

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Sarawak

[suh-rah-wahk, -wah]
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a state in the federation of Malaysia, on NW Borneo: formerly a British crown colony (1946–63) and British protectorate (1888–1946). About 50,000 sq. mi. (129,500 sq. km). Capital: Kuching.
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Kuching (ˈkuːtʃɪŋ)
 
n
a port in E Malaysia, capital of Sarawak state, on the Sarawak River 24 km (15 miles) from its mouth. Pop: 152 310 (2000)

Sarawak (səˈrɑːwək)
 
n
a state of Malaysia, on the NW coast of Borneo on the South China Sea: granted to Sir James Brooke by the Sultan of Brunei in 1841 as a reward for helping quell a revolt; mainly agricultural. Capital: Kuching. Pop: 2 071 506 (2000). Area: about 124 449 sq km (48 050 sq miles)

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kuching

city, capital and chief port of Sarawak, East Malaysia, on northwestern Borneo. The city was founded in 1839 by James (later Sir James) Brooke, who also founded the Brooke Raj and became ruler of Sarawak. He built the city's first European-style house on the jungled southern bank of the muddy, crocodile-infested Sarawak River, 15 miles (24 km) from the South China Sea. Now a busy administrative centre, Kuching is populated mainly by Chinese, although Malays, Bidayuh (Land Dayaks), and Iban (Sea Dayaks) live on its outskirts. Kuching exports rubber, pepper, and sago flour and has a seaport and an airport.

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