Dr. Harimohan Narayanan
Living in Brunei Darussalam, a small country in Borneo Island, Labuan was just an hour and half away separated by sea and ideal for a day’s holiday. Labuan, itself an island surrounded by six smaller ones, was part of Malaysia, though peninsular Malaysia was pretty far off separated by vast expanse of sea. Labuan belonged to East Malaysia and part of Sabah. Before 1946 it belonged to the Sultanate of Brunei which was handed over to the British under a treaty, later it became part of Malaysia in 1963 and the island itself is now a federal island and a duty free port.