Sarawak is the largest state of Malaysia, located on the island of Borneo. The capital city is Kuching, the economic epicentre of the state. Other major cities include Sibu, Miri and Bintulu. Sarawak is famous for its many ethnicities and cultures as well as its wild and beautiful rainforests. Its abundant natural resources, strategic location, rapidly improving infrastructure and forward-thinking state policies make it a magnet for business investors.
Sarawak has a deep and rich history. The coastal regions of Sarawak came under the influence of the Bruneian Empire in the 16th century. In 1839, James Brooke, a British explorer, arrived in Sarawak and was eventually governed by the Brooke family between 1841 and 1946. During World War II, it was occupied by the Japanese for three years. After the war, the last White Rajah, Charles Vyner Brooke, ceded Sarawak to Britain, and in 1946 it became a British Crown Colony. On 22 July 1963, Sarawak was granted self-government by the British. Following this, it became one of the founding members of the Federation of Malaysia, established on 16 September 1963.