Kuching Division

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This article is about an administrative division in Sarawak, Malaysia. For the city, see Kuching. For the administrative district, see Kuching District.
Kuching
Official logo of Kuching
Divisions of Sarawak
Location of Kuching
Division Office location Kuching
Local area government(s) Kuching South City Council (MBKS)
Kuching North City Hall (DBKU)
Padawan Municipal Council (MPP)
Bau District Council (MDB)
Lundu District Council (MDL)
Area
 • Total 4,559.5 km2 (1,760.4 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 705,546
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Resident Abdul Rahman Sebli Bin Senusi
License plate prefix QK, QA
Ethnicity Malay (33.4%), Chinese (33.9%), Bidayuh (17.8%), Others (14.9%)

Kuching Division is one of the eleven administrative divisions in Sarawak, east Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Formerly called the "First Division", it is the center and the starting point of modern Sarawak. Kuching Division has a total area of 4,559.5 square kilometres.

Kuching Division consists of three administrative districts; Kuching, Bau, and Lundu and three subdistricts; Padawan, Siburan and Sematan.

Demographics[edit]

The population of Kuching Division (year 2010 census) was 705,546. This makes Kuching Division the most populated division in Sarawak. Most of the residents in Kuching Division live in Kuching District.

Ethnics[edit]

Kuching Division is a melting pot of Sarawak diverse multi-racial society. However, the ethnic composition of Kuching Division is somewhat different compared to the whole Sarawak. Malay and Chinese form majority groups in Kuching, while in the whole Sarawak, Iban and Chinese. Basically, it is traditionally a home to Chinese, Malay and Bidayuh people. Most Chinese are of Hakka and Hokkien descent while some are Foochow and Teochew. They live mostly at urban and suburban areas. Kuching Division has the highest number of Malay people in Sarawak. Most Sarawakian Malays originated from Kuching Division. They are scattered all throughout Kuching Division, with exception of rural areas of Padawan sub-district. Kuching Division is also a home to the largest Bidayuh community. Like Sarawakian Malays, most Sarawakian Bidayuhs are from Kuching Division. They form a majority group in Bau district of Kuching. Other significant minority in Kuching Division are Iban and Melanau. Most of them originated outside Kuching. However, the earliest Iban settlement in Kuching can be found at Kampung Siol Kandis, Petra Jaya, Kuching. Most Melanau people who reside in Kuching have assimilated into Malay society due to professing Islam. Some of them have no longer speak in Bahasa Melanau due to the assimilation.

Kuching Division Ethnic Statistic [1]
Administrative District Total
Population
Malay Iban Bidayuh Melanau Other
Bumiputera
Chinese Other
Non-Bumiputera
Non-Citizen
Kuching 617,887
(87.6%)
220,333
(35.7%)
67,367
(10.9%)
76,403
(12.4%)
3,932
(0.6%)
8,473
(1.4%)
225,998
(36.6%)
5,295
(0.8%)
10,050
(1.6%)
Bau 54,046
(7.7%)
4,187
(7.6%)
1,402
(2.6%)
37,328
(69.0%)
91
(0.2%)
380
(0.7%)
9,443
(17.4%)
221
(0.4%)
1,194
(2.1%)
Lundu 33,413
(4.7%)
11,467
(34.3%)
4,438
(13.3%)
12,034
(36.0%)
81
(0.3%)
228
(0.7%)
3,650
(10.9%)
135
(0.4%)
1,380
(4.1%)
Total Kuching Division 705,546
(100.0%)
235,987
(33.4%)
73,207
(10.4%)
125,765
(17.8%)
4,104
(0.6%)
9,081
(1.3%)
239,091
(33.9%)
5,687
(0.8%)
12,624
(1.8%)

Economy[edit]

Kuching Division is a home to Sarawak capital city, Kuching. It is a centre of business, commercial, mixed industries, service sectors, education hub and tourism centre for Sarawak. Kuching relies heavily on its productive population to run its economy, rather than exploiting its natural resources.

Government[edit]

Administration[edit]

Administrative Subdivisions of Kuching Division (by area)[2]
Name of Division
Division area
Kuching
4,565.53 km2
Name of District
District area
Kuching
1,868.83 km2
Bau
884.4 km2
Lundu
1,812.3 km2
Name of Subdistrict
Subdistrict area
Kuching Proper
895.09 km2
Siburan
447.55 km2
Padawan
526.19 km2
Lundu
1,369.84 km2
Sematan
442.5 km2
Seat of District/Subdistrict administration
Settlement hierarchy
Kuching
City
Siburan
Bazaar
Teng Bukap
Village
Bau
Bazaar
Lundu
Bazaar
Sematan
Bazaar
Local Government
Note: Acronym and part of corporate colours
MBKS DBKU MPP MPP MDB MDL
Local Government Name
(Legal term in English)
Title of CEO
Council of the City of
Kuching South

Mayor
Commission of the City of
Kuching North

Commissioner
Padawan
Municipal Council

Chairman
Bau
District Council

Chairman
Lundu
District Council

Chairman
Local Government area 61.53 km2 369.48 km2 1,431.82 km2
Note: This area is known collectively
as the Padawan municipality
884.4 km2 1,812.3 km2
Seat of Local Government
Settlement hierarchy
Kuching
City
Kota Padawan
Bazaar
Bau
Bazaar
Lundu
Bazaar

Transportation[edit]

Kuching Division is a centre of transportation sectors in Sarawak, with exception of river transportation. It has wide range of transportation services such as by air (via Kuching International Airport), land (via its vast road networks) and river.

More article at Kuching Transportation.

Infrastructure[edit]

Kuching Division has the widest and most extensive road networks in Sarawak. Pan-Borneo Highway is a trunk road linking Kuching to the rest of divisions in Sarawak. Kuching Division is also a home to world-class convention centre, named Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

Sports and Games[edit]

Kuching Division is home to the oldest golf course in Sarawak, which is Sarawak Golf Club. There are also various other golf clubs throughout Kuching Division. Sports amenities can be found at many parts in Kuching with Stadium Sarawak being the largest stadium in Sarawak while Stadium Perpaduan being the largest indoor stadium in Sarawak. Variety of sports and games can be observed being played in Sarawak. Most of them are state-level games and competitions.

Education[edit]

Kuching Division offers wide variety of education regardless of level of education. There are countless amount of public schools, including privileged school such as Sekolah Menengah Teknik (two of them), Sekolah Menengah Agama (three of them), Sekolah Menengah Sains and Maktab Rendah Sains MARA. Kuching Division also has two private international schools, namely Lodge School and Tunku Putra International School.

Kuching Division is also a higher education heaven. It has a lot of training institutions from medical schools, teacher training colleges, custom academy and the upcoming immigration academy. There are few private higher institution such as Swinburne University, Sunway College, SEGi College Sarawak, Masterskill College, ICATS and Inti College University. It is also within a reach to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Universiti Teknologi MARA, both in Samarahan.

Healthcare[edit]

Kuching Division is also a popular destination for seeking better healthcare. People around Sarawak normally seek better medical treatment in Kuching Division due to its extensive medical facilities. It houses the biggest public hospital in East Malaysia, named Sarawak General Hospital and also one of only two heart surgery institution in Malaysia named Pusat Jantung HUS.

Private hospital does also make presence in Kuching such as Normah Hospital, located at Petra Jaya, Kuching, Timberland Medical Centre (situated in 3rd Mile area, Kuching) and Kuching Specialist Centre (at Tabuan Laru, Kuching). Many private clinics open their business in Kuching making Kuching a perfect medical tourism hub.

Public healthcare clinics and policlinic does also exist in Kuching Division. Most healthcare clinics are located at Kuching city outskirts and rural communal areas.

Security[edit]

Kuching Division is a state headquarters for police and army in Sarawak. Various police stations and police beats can be found all over Kuching District. Military base of Penrissen houses the largest military base in Sarawak.

Government Services[edit]

Kuching Division is the headquarters for many government agencies. For federal government agencies headquarters, most of them are located at Simpang Tiga (Bangunan Sultan Iskandar), Kuching while state government agencies headquarters are mostly scattered at various buildings in Petra Jaya, Kuching (Wisma Bapa Malaysia).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population And Housing Census Malaysia 2010 from Taburan Penduduk dan Ciri-ciri Asas Demografi.
  2. ^ "Kuching Resident Office: Kuching Profile.". Retrieved 8 May 2010. 

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