|This Peace Park at Layang-Layangan is situated close to Surrender Point, the place where the 32nd Japanese Southern Army surrendered to the 9th Australian Imperial Forces on 9 September 1945. The Japanese arrived at Labuan on 1 January 1942, less than a month after they had started their campaign in Malaya at Kota Baru and took formal possession of the island on the 3rd, after facing no resistance.|
occupied Labuan for four years, even renaming it Pulau Maida, or Maidashima
after General Maida, the Chief Commander of the Japanese forces in Borneo.
He was on his way to Labuan from Sarawak to open the airstrip there when
he died in an air crash at Bintulu. The airstrip was built by the Japanese
who found it was a good location for their operations in North Borneo.
For Labuan, the end of the Japanese Occupation came abruptly with the
re-taking of the island by the Allied forces. The capture of Labuan was
seen as essential for recovering supplies of oil, rubber and timber from
the mainland of Borneo. It would also serve as a base to help the Allies
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