History Of Labuan
Labuan had a glorious history under the rule of various empires.
After the demise of the Majapahit Empire in the 14th century, Labuan came under the rule of the Brunei Sultanate. The British then officially declared Labuan a colony of the British Empire in 1849 and renamed it Victoria. The British lost its hold over Labuan in 1942 when the Japanese invaded the island. Britain resumed power over Labuan 3 years later and subsequently ceded the island to Sabah in 1963 when Sabah joined Malaysia. The administration of Labuan was handed over to the Federal Government of Malaysia in 1984. In 1990, Labuan was declared as Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (LIBFC).
Labuan comprises one main island and six other smaller ones covering an area of 92 sq. km. It is located off the coast of East Malaysia.
Labuan is a tropical island with warm climate all year round. The average temperature is about 30 degree Celsius.
Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the national language. However, English, various Chinese dialects and Tamil are widely spoken.
Islam is the official religion of Malaysia. Nevertheless, freedom of worship is guaranteed. Places of worship for Muslims, Christians and Buddhists and Hindus are readily available.
Labuan is a Federal Territory of Malaysia, a democratic country based on the parliamentary system.
Local time: GMT +8 hours Sunrise: 0600 hours Sunset: 1830 hours
Ringgit Malaysia (RM) is the legal medium of exchange in Malaysia. Traveler’s cheques and foreign currency can be converted to RM with commercial banks or authorised money changers. (USD1 = RM3.2)
The population of Labuan is about 75,000.