Dalat, Sarawak

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This article is about a Malaysian town. For the Vietnamese city, see Da Lat.
Dalat, Malaysia
The aerial view of Dalat town. The great river seen here is the Batang Oya.
The aerial view of Dalat town. The great river seen here is the Batang Oya.
Official logo of Dalat, Malaysia
Districts of Sarawak
Motto: Berakar Rumbia, Berinti Budaya[1]
Dalat, Malaysia is located in East Malaysia
Dalat, Malaysia
Dalat, Malaysia
Location of Dalat in Malaysian Borneo
Coordinates: 2°44′20″N 111°56′19″E / 2.73889°N 111.93861°E / 2.73889; 111.93861
District Office location Dalat
Local area government Majlis Daerah Dalat dan Mukah (MDDM)
Population (2010[2])
 • Total 619
District Officer Kueh Lei Poh
Postcode 96300

Dalat is the administrative town of the Dalat district in Mukah Division, Sarawak, East Malaysia. It is situated by the Oya river.


Hospital Dalat Phase 1
The waterfront by the Oya river as seen in December 2010

Dalat town has one secondary school which is SMK Dalat. Two other secondary schools are SMK Oya, which is located in Oya and SMK Batang Igan, which is located by the Igan river. There are quite a number of primary schools in Dalat. In fact, most villages have their own primary school. Dalat town also has a post office, district office, a hospital, a stadium (Stadium Perpaduan Dalat), a few blocks of shophouses, a Catholic church (St. Bernard Church), a Methodist Church, a Chinese temple (age more than a century), a district mosque, etc. There is also a newly constructed waterfront. A Senior Citizens’ Activity Centre (PAWE) was established by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development in Dalat with 439 registered members.[3] Unfortunately, there is only a bank in Dalat, RHB Bank.


According to the 2010 National Census, Dalat townland has a population of 619.[4]

Ethnicities of Dalat[5]
ethnic group percent
Other Bumiputera and others


Most of the people use the Melanau language to communicate here. There is a slight difference of the language between each villages, yet they can understand each other very well. Other languages such as Malay, Sarawak Malay, Iban, Mandarin, Hokkien and English are also widely spoken.


The Chinese temple in Dalat

Main religions practised in Dalat are Islam, Christianity (Roman Catholic, Methodist and SIB), Buddhism, Malaysian Chinese religion, etc.


Dalat, N.50 is represented at the State Legislative Assembly by Datuk Hajah Fatimah Abdullah @ Ting Sai Ming, from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu. She won the seat in the 10th State Election 2011 for the third time. For Parliament, Dalat district is under Parliament 213: Mukah.


Dalat is accessible both land road and river. For land road there are daily express bus services connecting Dalat and Miri via Bintulu and Mukah. Where transport via river were provided by local speed boat operator from Dalat to Sibu every day.

The nearest airport is Mukah Airport. The locals however prefer to use either Bintulu Airport or Sibu Airport to fly to Kuala Lumpur particularly.

River transportation is still very vital in Dalat. There are speed boats connecting Dalat and Sibu with a fee of MYR 20. The journey takes approximately 2 hours.


Kg. Brunei, this is how a typical Melanau village looks like in Dalat

The people here particularly the Melanaus are still practising their culture. The Melanaus are famous for their traditional food such as umai, sago worms and the sago pearls. Also, there is a carnival named Karnival Balau (Balau is the Sago palm in Melanau language) which is held annually, and also a regatta, held few years once. Some major celebrations here are Christmas, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year and the Kaul Festival. The Kaul Festival is celebrated on different dates for different villages.


  • Heidi Munan's short story 'How Dalat Got Its Name' is published in the book Melanau stories(2005) Utusan Publications and also is used as a short story for English Literature for PMR level in the textbook "Literature Component For Lower Secondary; Short Stories for Form One".
  • The Kut Canal and Medong Village also featured in the book Melanau stories(2005), in the story 'The Story of Kut Canal'.


  1. ^ "Dalat waiting to be explored by culture, history buffs". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Laporan Kiraan Permulaan 2010". Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. p. 35. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Fatimah: Senior Citizens deserve to live happy and prosperous lives". New Sarawak Tribune. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Laporan Kiraan Permulaan 2010". Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. p. 35. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Visi, Misi dan Latar Belakang" (in Malay). Pejabat Daerah Dalat. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 

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