Friday, 13 November 2009

Labuan's Memory Lane - Memorial On Labuan


The history of Labuan was dated back in the 1800's when it was part of  the Brunei Sultanate and a port of refuge for ships plying the Borneo waters from strom and pirate attacks. In 1845, Sir James Brook was appointed as the governor of Labuan and on 18 December 1846, Labuan was ceded to the British by Raja Muda Hashim. To read further the chronological events in the history of Labuan please go HERE.

I visited this memorial on one my trips to Labuan. In this entry I am not going to write much since a picture says a thousand words and it will be a repetition of what can be read from the accompanying pictures.

In 1922, Prince of Wales landed on the island.

In 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army invaded the island of Labuan and renamed as Maida Island. This picture below is the Maida Island Memorial as memory to this event and situated in front of the Labuan Mesuem, Federal Territory of Labuan. This Memorial was erected as remembrance of General Maida who died on 5th December 1942. He is the Commander of the Japanese Army in Borneo.




Above: General Maida memorial.

The Allied Forces landed in Labuan in 1945 and this memorial in the picture below is to commemorate their landing.

Within the memorial area the concept of 1Malaysia has long been practiced. There are four trees planted by different communities to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The trees were planted by the European Community, The Indian Community, The Malay Community and the Chinese Community. However  I missed the plaque of the Chinese Community and one of the trees died.






In 1963 Labuan became independent from the British when Sabah Sarawak became part of Malaysia. Labuan was a one of the districts of Sabah. Then in 1984, Labuan was proclaimed the Federal Territory (16 April 84) and declared an International Offshore Financial Centre on 1st October 1990.
You can see the timeline HERE.

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