Lahad Datu Town

Lahad Datu Town is located within the Lahad Datu District in the southeast corner of Sabah State. Booming timber operations followed by the rapid expansion of the oil palm sector since the 1970s have brought a drastic increase in Lahad Datu District's population from approx. 40,000 in 1980 to approx. 200,000 in 2005. Continuing growth in the agricultural sector is expected to raise the District's population to 240,000 by 2010. Just over 40% of this figure will be urban dwellers.

The population is a mix of local bumiputras (natives), Chinese and a sizable immigrant group from neighbouring Philippines and Indonesia who are employed in the plantation sector. Lahad Datu occupies the peninsula on the north side of Darvel Bay.

A haven for naturalists, Lahad Datu is the gateway to Danum Valley Conservation Area, Tabin Wildlife Reserve, and Madai Caves. Lahad Datu is also the base for the Borneo Child Aid Society (locally Humana Child Aid Society Sabah) which provides education for more than 5, 000 children of plantation workers as well as others who are without access to basic education.

Strategic Site

The Lahad Datu POIC is located within 2km of Lahad Datu Town and its existing port.

Locating Sabah's first POIC at Lahad Datu and at a site near the town and port is designed to take advantage of the fact that Lahad Datu's location at the heart of Sabah's palm oil belt. Within this belt are sited most of the approx. 100 palm oil mills in Sabah producing some 5 million tonnes of palm oil and palm kernel oil per year. Lahad Datu District alone processes about 30% of the oil palm produced in Sabah.


Lahad Datu is linked by road to the rest of Sabah State. There are 5 direct flights daily to and from Kota Kinabalu International Airport via MasWing which provides convenient connection to international destinations.

Complete with Basic Amenities

Banking Facilities

Eon Bank, Maybank, Alliance, Public Bank, Bank Rakyat and Bank Simpanan Nasional



5 flights daily to & fro Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu via MasWing

Lahad Datu Port

Hospital & Residential

Court & Public Library

Schools and Research & Development Centre

Hotels and Recreation Spots

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