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Lahad Datu is a town and district located in Tawau Division, in the east of Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. It occupies the peninsula on the north side of Darvel Bay. Its population was estimated to be around 118,000 in 1991 and 156,059 in the 2000 census. Lahad Datu is surrounded by stretches of cocoa and oil palm plantations. It is also an important timber exporting port. The town has an airport for domestic flights.
A settlement is believed to have existed here in the 15th century, as excavations have unearthed Ming dynasty Chinese ceramics. Just east of Lahad Datu, is the village of Tunku, a notorious base for Lanun pirates and slave traders in the 19th century. Lahad Datu is a gateway to the Danum Valley Conservation Area, the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in the east, and Madai Caves further south.
In the end of the 14th century, it was believed that Islam was first introduced in Sabah. This based on a jawi manuscript in the Idahan language dated 1408 A.D, which gives an account of an Ida'an man named Abdullah in Darvel Bay who embraced Islam.
Besides, Lahad Datu also has palm oil refineries.
The Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) is located near the Lahad Datu Port and received its first vessel on March 1, 2013. It consists of 1,150 acres (5 km2) of land developed (with a centralised bulking facility and a jetty, currently under construction, which will have a draft of 20 meters, making it one of the few deep sea ports in the world) specifically for palm oil downstream industries. To date, 18 companies have bought land in POIC with eight being companies involved in the production of palm biodiesel. POIC is a wholly State-owned company under the purview of the Ministry of Industrial Development. Its Chairman is the current minister, Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin and the Chief Executive Officer is Mr.Wong Yu Chin (ASDK,BSK).
Lahad Datu is also the base of Borneo Child Aid Society (Locally known and registered as Humana Child Aid Society) Homepage which provides education for more than 12,000 children of plantation workers, stateless Bajau Laut and others without access to basic education.
1) By air - Simply the most convenient way to travel from Kota Kinabalu. Mas Wings (a sub-division of Mas Airlines) is the only company that flies to lahad datu on daily basis. They operate about 4 flights a day from kota kinabalu to lahad datu.
2) By road - recommended for those who prefer bumpy, windy rides... Its a 6 hours drive from kota kinabalu to lahad datu, but you will definitely enjoy the view. Especially at kundasang (the township at the foot of the Mighty Mt. Kinabalu) where one will get a glimpse of the superb Mt. Kinabalu.
1) My Inn hotel - newest hotel in town and also the tallest building in Lahad Datu. Located in Bandar Sri Perdana(new township)
2) Bay Inn hotel
3) Kingston Hotel
4) Executive Hotel
5) Silam Dynasty
1) Bus station
Places of Interest
3) Madai Caves
On 11 February 2013, several armed Filipino supporters of the Sultanate of Sulu, calling themselves as the Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, arrived in Lahad Datu and occupied the village of Tanduo. They were sent by Jamalul Kiram III, a claimant to the throne of the sultanate. His stated goal is to assert the Philippine territorial claim to eastern Sabah as part of the North Borneo dispute. In response, Malaysian security forces surrounded the village. Attempts by the Malaysian and the Philippine governments to reach a peaceful solution with the Sultan's supporters were unsuccessful and the standoff escalated into an armed conflict on 1 March 2013.
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- (Malay) Lahad Datu District Office