Last week I went to Tawau, Semporna, Mataking Island and Mabul Island for shooting. I came to Tawau before and had visited Semporna and an island called Sibuan in 2006.
There are a few thousand of fishermen who live in these islands, nationality unknown. Some build their simple huts above the sea (they call it home, most are dilapidated ) , some stayed in their small boats with the family, while some stayed in the same island where the beautiful holiday resorts are located. I saw so many children running around, almost all of them without schooling.