British Military Administration (Borneo)

British Military Administration of Borneo
Transitional government


Japanese forces surrender to Australians in Labuan on 1945.
Capital Victoria[3]
Government Military occupation
Historical era Post-war
  Surrender of Japan 15 August 1945
   British Military Administration set up
12 September 1945
   Formation of the Crown Colony
15 July 1946[1][2]
Currency British North Borneo dollar, Sarawak dollar
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Japanese occupation of British Borneo
Crown Colony of North Borneo
Crown Colony of Sarawak
Today part of  Malaysia

The British Military Administration (BMA) was the interim administrator of British Borneo between the end of World War II and the establishment of the Crown Colony of Sarawak and North Borneo in 1946. Specifically, the entity lasted from 12 September 1945 to 15 July 1946.[1][2] Labuan also were placed under a temporary British military rule and the headquarters located there. The headquarters was mostly managed by the Australian Imperial Force (AIF).[3]


The area under this administration comprises today of Labuan, Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei.[4]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "History (British Military Administration in Borneo)". Chief Minister's Department. The Sabah State Archives. Archived from the original on 1 May 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 Tamara Thiessen (2008). Borneo. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 211–. ISBN 978-1-84162-252-1.
  3. 1 2 Ooi Keat Gin (7 June 2010). The A to Z of Malaysia. Scarecrow Press. pp. 60–. ISBN 978-1-4616-7199-2.
  4. Stephen R. Evans (1990). Sabah (North Borneo): Under the Rising Sun Government. Tropical Press.

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