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Labuan (Malaysia)

Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan, Federal Territory of Labuan

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[Labuan (Malaysia)]
by Mark Sensen

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Labuan is the second federal territory of Malaysia, an island off the coast of Sabah and formerly one of the Straits Settlements. (Source: "Flagmaster" no.082, 1996).

Mark Sensen, 27 July 1996

The Danish Encyclopaedia has a number of things about Labuan:

  1. The main town on the island, which is also named Labuan, used to be named Victoria.
  2. Labuan was made a federal territory in 1984 (FOTW says 1982).
  3. Labuan is an important town for Philippine smugglers.
My often-mentioned Allers Illustrerede Konversations-Leksikon (1906-10) has the name of the main town as Port Victoria.

Ole Andersen, 13 November 1999

I think it's still called Victoria, in the way that George Town, Penang, is still officially George Town, but normally just called Penang.

Andrew Yong, 13 November 1999

British Colony of Labuan 1912-1946

[British Colony of Labuan 1912-1946]
by Mario Fabretto

Labuan and Sabah

A FAQ is why in FOTW, the images of Labuan are associated with Sabah. It seems logical to me, bearing in mind that Sabah was generally known as North Borneo until 1963, and Labuan was part of North Borneo between 1890 and 1906, and again since 1946. As far as I can make out the sequence was:

  • 1846: Labuan acquired by Britain as a base between Singapore and Hong Kong. It had previously been part of Brunei.
  • 1848: Made a Crown Colony.
  • 1890: Incorporated into territory of the British North Borneo Company which in 1881 had taken over land previously part of Brunei.
  • 1906: Territory of North Borneo Company became a Crown Colony but Labuan was transferred to the control of the Governor of the Straits Settlements.
  • 1907: Labuan annexed to Straits Settlements as part of Singapore.
  • 1912: Labuan became a separate Crown Colony.
  • 1946: Labuan returned to British North Borneo.
  • 1963: British North Borneo renamed Sabah and joined with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak to become Malaysia. Labuan is made a district in Sabah.
  • 1982: District of Labuan is ceded to the Federal Government and made a Federal Territory.

David Prothero, 16 March 1998 and
Robert Kee, 15 August 1999

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