Brunei–Malaysia relations

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Brunei–Malaysia relations
Map indicating locations of Brunei and Malaysia



Brunei–Malaysia relations are foreign relations between Brunei and Malaysia. Brunei has a high commission in Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia has a high commission in Bandar Seri Begawan. Both countries are full members of ASEAN and the Commonwealth of Nations. The two countries share a land border on the island of Borneo.


Relations between the two countries has been established since January 1984.[1]

Cultural links[edit]

Brunei and Malaysia have many similarities in culture especially in the East Malaysian areas as they were once a part of the Bruneian Empire. In 2011, around 61,470 Malaysian has visited Brunei[1] while Malaysia received 1,238,871 Bruneian tourist in 2013.[2]

Transport links[edit]

The states of Sarawak and Sabah in East Malaysia are connected to Brunei via the Pan Borneo Highway.


Before 2009, Malaysia's land boundary with Brunei around Limbang was in dispute.[3] Brunei and Malaysia agreed to cease gas and oil exploration in their disputed offshore and deep water seabeds until negotiations progressed into an agreement over allocation of disputed areas in 2003.[4] In March 2009, a solution was achieved between the two governments when Brunei dropped all claims to Limbang, thus recognising it as a Malaysian territory.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Brunei-Malaysia Relations". Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Brunei). Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
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  3. ^ R. Haller-Trost (1994). The Brunei-Malaysia Dispute Over Territorial and Maritime Claims in International Law. IBRU. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-1-897643-07-5. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Samuel Blankson (February 2007). The Practical Guide to Total Financial Freedom. Lulu Press Incorporated. pp. 274–. ISBN 978-1-4116-2054-4. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brunei drops all claims to Limbang". The Brunei Times. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2013.