History and Background

OCTOBER  1983 Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (Sabah Branch) was established based on the Intergovernmental Committee, 1962: “12 (b) (i) Topographical and Geodetic Surveys should be Federal subjects but should continued to be carried out as at present by State Land and Survey Department as agents for the Federal Government. (ii) Cadastral Survey is State Subject “and so on through the Intergovernmental Committee of the Ministerial on December 4, 1975, which decreed: the Federal Government should take over the responsibility for carrying out topographical and geodetic surveys in Sabah and Sarawak when the Federal Government is capable and ready to do so. “in accordance with the results of both the Committee, on 10 October 1983, the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (Sabah Branch) was established officially. at its inception, the Department is known as Sabah Topography and Geodesy unit consisting of two (2) sections ie Headquarters and Branch field survey region I Kota Kinabalu located at Wisma Welfare, Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu. In 1985, the Branch field survey Region II has opened branch in Tawau and field survey of Region III was opened in 1993 in Sandakan.
1995 The department began to be known as the Department of Surveying Mapping Malaysia ( Sabah Topography Section ) or simply JUPEM Sabah .
JANUARY  2014 On January 1, 2014 , following the decentralization policy and Mapping Division workforce restructuring through the Establishment Warrant No. 128 of 2013, amended Section Topography Sabah to Sabah Topographic Mapping Section