LABUAN - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA

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Labuan, The international Island Garden Of Borneo is a popular retreat for corporate Asia to relax and recuperate. This is a place where the old and the new complement each other, where traditional ways and hi-tech methods co-exist, where people of diverse backgrounds live in perfect harmony.

Labuan - BORNEO MALAYSIA

 

Labuan has everything one would expect of a tropical island. Surrounding coral reefs provide a glimpse into the fascinating and delicate marine eco-system. Secluded beaches on nearby islands offer quiet solitude. Shipwrecks promise the thrill of danger for expert divers. Lovers of sea sports can enjoy an increasingly wide range of water sports and recreations. As a duty-free port, Labuan is a haven for branded imports. Local customs and traditions, monuments and memorial parks, reflect the rich history of this island. From world-class resorts and five star hotels to broadband telecommunications, Labuan is well equipped to serve as a venue for corporate meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions. Its success as a progressive International Offshore Financial Center in Asia further boosted the island?s appeal among the world?s rich and famous.

 

As a duty free island, Labuan enjoys many special privileges and facilities. Besides great bargain shopping, the island offers plenty of business and investment opportunities. It has similar status with other free trade zones in Malaysia. They allow raw materials and components used in manufacturing to be brought in and exported free of duty and taxes. Such easing of custom control allows many profitable entrepot activities to be conducted freely in Labuan. Shipbuilding, ship repair, oil and gas are among the main industrial activities. Other fast growing sectors include banking and finance, tourism and education.

 
 

INTERNATIONAL OFF-SHORE FINANCIAL CENTRE

 

Labuan is Asia?s premier International Offshore Financial Centre (IOFC). It is one of the few integrated offshore financial centres established in the vicinity of developing economies in Asia. The Island offers a full range of offshore financial services including offshore banking, Islamic banking, offshore insurance, trust business, investment holding, mutual funds, investment banking and management services.

 
 
 

BUSINESS

 

Its success as a progressive International Offshore Financial Center in Asia further boosts the island?s appeal among the world?s rich and famous. As a duty free island, Labuan enjoys many special privileges and facilities. Besides great bargain shopping, the island offers plenty of business and investment opportunities. Raw materials and components used in manufacturing can be brought in and exported free of duty and taxes. The easing of custom control allows many profitable entreport activities to be conducted freely in Labuan. Shipbuilding, ship repair, oil and gas are among the main economic activities on the island. Other fast growing sectors include banking and finance, tourism and education.

 

 

 

LABUAN YOUR SECOND HOME

 

?Malaysia - My Second Home? program allows people from all over the world, who fulfill certain criteria, to stay in Malaysia as long as possible on a social visit pass with multiple entry visa. The social visit pass is issued initialy for a period of 5 years and is renewable.

 

Applicant may make their application or forward their enquiries to any of the following places:

 

Malaysia My Second Home Centre

Ministry of Tourism Malaysia c/o Tourism Division

Level 23B, Menara Dato Onn, Putra World Trade Centre

45 Jalan Tun Ismail, 50695 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603-2693 7111       Fax: +603-2693 2399

 
 
 

DUTY FREE SHOPPING

 

Shoppers around the region will enjoy the duty-free shopping here. Textiles and ready-to-wear fashions are much sought after, as well as leather bags and shoes, wallets and belts. There is a wide range of perfumes, cosmetics and skin-care items and electrical and electronic goods. Liquors and beers, wine and tobacco are also popular shopping list items. And not forgetting the chocolates and candy.

 
 
 

CHEERS

 

It is happy hours all day long on this island. Visitors will appreciate the duty free price of drinks at the many pubs and lounges around the town. Check out the Pantai Lounge and the Pool Deck and Bar at the Manikar, Someplace Else fun pub at Sheraton, Anchorage Karaoke Lounge and the Sunset Bar at the Waterfront Hotel and Cheers Pul at Tiara. Not forgetting the Yacht club, Golf club, coffee shops and pubs.

 
 
 

FINE DINING

 

Labuan is famous for its fresh sea food cuisine, compliments of the South China Sea. Succulent prawns, crabs, squid, fish and shells are harvested daily for the kitchens of the many hotels and restaurants that serve delicious fresh sea food dishes. One may order grilled prawns and steamed fish, spicy squid and chilly crabs and mouth-watering shellfish. There are also restaurants that specialize in Malaysian, Chinese and Western cuisine.

 
 
 

HISTORY

 

The British came to Labuan one hundred and fifty years ago. It was a strategic re-fuelling station for British steamships of the day. The island was ceded to the British by the Brunei Sultanate in 1840 and was subsequently established as a free port. The British ruled the island for the next one hundred and seventeen years until Labuan joined Malaysia in 1963. Labuan was a British naval base to fight the pirates in the Brunei Bay. Some old graves bearing the names of young British officers who died fighting the pirates can still can be seen today at the Botanical garden.

 

The only industry on the island then was coal mining. Five British companies consecutively mined the coal for 64 years. A railway line was built to transport coal from Tanjung Kubong coal mine to Victoria Port. Labuan was the only significant coal mining centre 0f the then British Empire in the Far East in 1847. The 106 feet high Chimney and the tunnels are remnants of the coal mining days.

 

The main town of the island was named Victoria, after Queen Victoria. During the Japanese administration in 1942, the island was re-named Maida Island in memory of General Maida, the Chief Commander of the Japanese forces in Borneo who was later killed in an air crash from Bintulu to Labuan. The Japanese ruled the island for almost three years from 1942 to 1945. The liberation of Borneo by the Allied Forces started in Labuan on 10th June 1945. The Australian forces landed in Labuan under the command of General McArthur. The island was reverted back to British rule I until 1963.

 
 
 

GETTING THERE

Labuan is connected to a comprehensive network of air and sea transportation, making it easily accessible from all parts of the country. Getting around the island is also convenient as it is served with buses and taxis.

 
 

BY AIR

 

 

You can get to Labuan from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu as well as Miri as both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia operate flights between the cities and the island daily. One-hour flights to Layang Layang Island are available from Kota Kinabalu. Indirect flights originating from Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore and Zamboanga City are routed through Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu.

 
Kuala Lumpur ? Labuan : 2 hours 30 minutes
Kota Kinabalu ? Labuan : 30 minutes
Miri ? Labuan : 1 hour

 

 

BY SEA

 

 

High speed, air conditioned passenger ferries ply daily from Sabah, Sarawak, and Brunei Darussalam to the Labuan International Ferry Terminal. All of the islands off Labuan are accessible by boat, which may be chartered through local tour agencies.

 
Kota Kinabalu - Labuan : 3 hours
Brunei - Labuan : 1 hour
Limbang - Labuan : 2 hours
Lawas - Labuan : 2 hours 45 minutes
 
 

GETTING AROUND

Moving around in Labuan is relatively easy. The island?s excellent road network links Labuan Town with all parts of the island. A round the island tour of Labuan takes approximately one and a half hours by road. To get around, you can travel about by taxi, self-drive cars or chartered/chauffeur-driven limousines. These are available at reasonable rates either on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. 24 Hours Radio Call Taxi Services are readily available and cost between RM5 to RM30 depending on the distance traveled.

 
 
 
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LABUAN - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA