Information from: “Maintenance and shift in a language of Sarawak: a study of Bintulu” (111-126) . Bibi Aminah Abdul Ghani (2006) , Chong Shin; Karim Harun; Yabit Alas · Pontianak: STAIN Pontianak Press
100 percent certain, based on the evidence available
Population numbers are hard to pin down. Bintulu speakers are grouped under the umbrella term "Melanau" in official census data. Most sources list 4,200 as the number of speakers.
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The language is generally strong. Children learn the language and use it at home and with other Bintulu speakers. The social situation however, may be shifting against Bintulu. Malay is by far the main langauge of use in the town of Bintulu. Bintulu is spoken by a very small population that is almost entirely bilingual in Malay.
Not an official language. Not used at any level of government
OTHER LANGUAGES USED BY THE COMMUNITY
Nearly the entire community is bilingual in Bintulu and Malay. A large portion also use English.
LANGUAGE CONTEXT COMMENTS
Twenty years ago Bintulu was a small fishing town. Today, it is a quickly developing industrial center for oil and gas production.
In and around the town of Bintulu, in the province of Sarawak on the Island of Borneo. Bintulu is located at the mouth of the Kemena River. Spoken in the following villages around urban Bintulu: Kampong Masjid, Kampong Sinong, Kampong Datuk, Kampong Sibiew, Kampong Baru, Kampong Jepak, KampongSebuan, Kampong Batu Sepuluh, and Kidurung
Information from: “Language Atlas of the Pacific Area” . Stephen Wurm and Shirô Hattori (1981) Canberra: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University
20 percent certain, based on the evidence available