420 (2000), decreasing.
Sumatra, Kepulauan Bangka Belitung Province; 2 coastal enclaves, northeast Bangka island and western Belitung island; Lepar, Liat, Mendanau, and others; Riau Province, offshore islands Bengkalis, Rangsang, and Mendol, 4 areas; Kepulauan Riau Province, islands south and southwest of Singapore, Batam, Kapalajernih, and Kundur; possible scattered populations on mainland.
Ethnic autonym: Orang Sawang, sea people. Southernmost of dozens of Malayic-speaking Orang Laut, sea tribe, groups ranging from the waters of Thailand through the Riau archipelago and Bangka and Belitung. Traditional religion.