WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN

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Brief Background

 

The island of Labuan, a FederalTerritory, covers an area of 92 sq km and is roughly triangular in shape. Most of the island is flat and gently undulating, covered with a secondary forest. Labuan is separated from Sabah by only 8 km of water and takes less than two hours to cross by ferry, 45 minutes in a speed boat.

 

Places of Interest

 

Labuan town, formerly known as Port Victoria, is still a free port where only petroleum, liquor and tobacco products are taxable. The crude oil, gas and shipyard industries ensure that the magnificent harbor always has supertankers moored there. The wharf area is alive with activities as traders from as far as Singapore and the Philippines unload and load their vessels. Labuan has one of the best nine-hole golf courses in Malaysia designed to include abundant natural ponds and a waterfall. Labuan is endowed with interesting fishing villages and a yacht club that beings its windsurfing and sailing season in February each year.

 

Pulau Papan poised for developments is just a couple of minutes by boat from the town pier. This small island has tremendous tourist potential as a sea sports resort for scuba diving and deep-sea fishing activities.

 

War Memorial Cemetery is about 2.5 km from town, maintained by the Australian Government and commemorating the Australian, New Zealand and British servicemen who gave their lives defending Sabah in World War II.

 

Japanese War Memorial is maintains by the Japanese Government near Kampung Layang-Layangan on the west coast of the island which is the site of the Japanese surrender of North Borneo and Sarawak in 1945.

 

Sourced: Tourism Malaysia