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Betong Division, formed on 26 March 2002, is one of the twelve
administrative divisions in Sarawak, Malaysia. Formerly part of Sri Aman
Division, Betong is in the Saribas area. It has a total area of 4,180.8
square kilometres, and is the smallest of the administrative divisions of
Saribas is famous for its Iban longhouses and is regarded as the center for Iban culture. It was annexed to Sarawak by Rajah James Brooke, after his victory over the Sekrang and Saribas Iban at the Battle of Beting Maru on 31 July 1849.
Betong Division contains two administrative districts: Betong and Saratok. The total population is 99,800. The population is culturally mixed, with the majority Iban interacting well with the Malay and Chinese in almost all spheres of activity since the pre-colonial days.
In Sarawak, Betong has the most administrative sub-districts. The sub-districts under Betong district are Pusa, Spaoh, Debak and Meludam, while those under Saratok district are Roban, Kabong and Budu.