Districts of Malaysia

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Daerah (District)
Also known as:
Jajahan (Collectivity) (Kelantan)
Bahagian (Division) (Sabah and Sarawak)
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Category Second-level administrative division
Location States of Malaysia
Populations Greatest: Petaling District, Selangor—1,812,633 (2010)
Least: Cameron Highlands District, Pahang—38,471 (2010)
Areas Largest: Kapit Division, Sarawak—38,934 sq km
Smallest: Southwest Penang Island District, Penang—121 sq km
Government City hall, city council, municipal council, district council (in all states and Kuala Lumpur)
Corporation (in Labuan and Putrajaya)
Local authority (in Kulim, Kedah)
Town board (in Kudat, Sabah)
Development authority (in Bintulu, Sarawak)
Subdivisions Mukim (Parish)
Daerah (District) (Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak)

District (Malay: Daerah; Jajahan in Kelantan and Bahagian in Sabah and Sarawak) is a type of administrative division below the state level in Malaysia. An administrative district is administered by lands and district office (e.g. Petaling Lands and District Office) which is headed by district officer.

In Peninsular Malaysia, a district is a subdivision of a state. A mukim is a subdivision of a district. The mukim is however of less importance with respect to the administration of land.

In East Malaysia, a district is a subdivision of a division of a state.[1] For example, Tuaran is a district within the West Coast Division of Sabah. A district is usually named after the main town or its administrative capital; for example, the town of Sandakan is the capital of the Sandakan District, as well as the capital of Sandakan Division. In Sarawak, some districts are further divided into sub-districts (daerah kecil; literally "small district") before the mukim level.

An administrative district can be distinguished from a local government area where the former deals with land administration and revenue while the latter deals with the planning and delivery of basic infrastructure to its inhabitants. Administrative district boundaries are usually coextensive with local government area boundaries but may sometimes differ especially in urbanised areas. For example, the local government of Petaling District in Selangor are administrated by Petaling Jaya City Council, Shah Alam City Council and Subang Jaya Municipal Council; or even the local government of both Northeast Penang Island District and Southwest Penang Island District in Penang are administrated by Penang Island City Council.

Peninsular Malaysia[edit]


Districts in Johor




Negeri Sembilan[edit]


Districts in Pahang


Districts in Penang


Districts in Perak



East Malaysia[edit]


Districts and divisions in Sabah


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Malaysia Districts". Statoids.com. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  2. ^ It refers to a district with municipal status.
  3. ^ It refers to a district with municipal status.
  4. ^ It refers to a district with city status.
  5. ^ "Launch of Bukit Mabong, Tunoh, Kapit by the Chief Minister of Sarawak". Sarawak Regional Corridor Development Authority. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Samuel Aubrey (12 April 2015). "Serian now a division". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 

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