List of districts in Malaysia

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Daerah (District)
Also known as:
Jajahan (Collectivity) (Kelantan)
Bahagian (Division) (Sabah and Sarawak)
Malaysia location map with districts.svg
CategorySecond-level administrative division
LocationStates of Malaysia
87 with 3 cities (Peninsular)
28 (Sabah)
43 (Sarawak)
1 city (Labuan) (as of 2020)
PopulationsGreatest: Petaling District, Selangor—1,812,633 (2010)
Least: Pakan District, Sarawak—15,480 (2010)[1]
AreasLargest: Kapit Division, Sarawak—38,934 km2 (15,033 sq mi)
Smallest: Putatan District, Sabah—29.7 km2 (11.5 sq mi)
GovernmentCity hall, city council, municipal council, district council (in all states and Kuala Lumpur)
Corporation (in Labuan and Putrajaya)
Town board (in Kudat, Sabah)
Development authority (in Bintulu, Sarawak)
SubdivisionsMukim (Townships)
Daerah (District) (Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak)
Districts in West Malaysia
Districts in East Malaysia

District (Malay: Daerah; Jajahan in Kelantan; Chinese: ) is a type of administrative division below the state level in Malaysia. An administrative district is administered by a lands and district office (pejabat daerah dan tanah) which is headed by district officer (pegawai daerah).


In Peninsular Malaysia, a district is a subdivision of a state. A mukim (commune, sub-district or parish) is a subdivision of a district. In recent years, a mukim is however of less importance with respect to the administration of land; for land administrative purposes, major cities (e.g. Petaling Jaya) are given an equal status with mukim.

The state of Perlis is not divided into districts due to its size, but straight to the mukim level. The Federal Territories are also not divided into districts; however Kuala Lumpur is divided into several mukim for land administration purposes. Putrajaya is divided into precincts.

In East Malaysia, a district is a subdivision of a division (bahagian) of a state.[2] 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.

Some larger districts are further divided into autonomous sub-districts (daerah kecil; literally "small district") before the mukim level. This is prevalent in Sarawak and Sabah, but also seen in Peninsular Malaysia in recent years, e.g. Lojing autonomous sub-district in Kelantan. Sub-districts in Sabah, however, are not divided into mukim.

Relationship with parliament and local government[edit]

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 congruent with local government area boundaries, but may sometimes differ especially in urbanised areas. For example, the Petaling District in Selangor is administrated by three local authorities: Petaling Jaya City Council, Shah Alam City Council and Subang Jaya City Council; conversely one local authority can administer more than one district, for example Northeast Penang Island District and Southwest Penang Island District in Penang are both administrated by Penang Island City Council.

Administrative district boundaries also provide the basis of boundaries for the parliamentary constituencies in the Malaysian Parliament.[3] However this is not always the case; in heavily populated areas e.g. the Klang Valley and Kinta Valley there is serious overlap between district, local government and parliamentary boundaries.

By states[edit]

West Malaysia[edit]

  City-status District
  Municipal-status District
Federal Territory/State District Name Capital/Largest settlement Local Government Population (2010[4]) Area (km2) Density
 Federal Territory (Malaysia)
N/A  Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur H 1674621 243 6,891.4
N/A  Putrajaya Putrajaya P 72413 49 1,477.8
Batu Pahat District Batu Pahat Batu Pahat M
Yong Peng D
417458 1873 222.9
Johor Bahru District Johor Bahru Johor Bahru C
Iskandar Puteri C
Pasir Gudang C
1386569 1064 1,303.2
Kluang District Kluang Kluang M
Simpang Renggam D
298332 2865 104.1
Kota Tinggi District Kota Tinggi Kota Tinggi D
Pengerang M
193210 3489 55.4
Kulai District Kulai Kulai M 251650 754 333.8
Mersing District Mersing Mersing D 70894 2838 25.0
Muar District Muar Muar M 247957 1354 183.1
Pontian District Pontian Kechil Pontian D 155541 933 166.7
Segamat District Segamat Segamat M
Labis D
189820 2807 67.6
Tangkak District Tangkak Tangkak D 136852 970 141.1
Baling District Baling Baling D 135646 1530 88.7
Bandar Baharu District Serdang Bandar Baharu D 42341 271 156.2
Kota Setar District Alor Setar Alor Setar C 366787 423 867.1
Kuala Muda District Sungai Petani Sungai Petani M 456605 928 492.0
Kubang Pasu District Jitra Kubang Pasu M 220740 946 233.3
Kulim District Kulim Kulim M
Kulim Hi-Tech
Industrial Park LA
287694 765 376.1
Langkawi District Kuah Langkawi M 94777 478 198.3
Padang Terap District Kuala Nerang Padang Terap D 62896 1357 46.3
Pendang District Pendang Pendang D 94962 629 151.0
Pokok Sena District Pokok Sena Alor Setar C 49506 242 204.6
Sik District Sik Sik D 67378 1636 41.2
Yan District Yan Besar Yan D 68319 242 282.3
Bachok District Bachok Bachok D 133152 264 504.4
Gua Musang District Gua Musang Gua Musang D 90057 7980 11.3
Jeli District Jeli Jeli D 40637 1280 31.7
Kota Bharu District Kota Bharu Kota Bharu M
Ketereh D
491237 409 1,201.1
Kuala Krai District Kuala Krai Kuala Krai D
Dabong D
109461 2329 47.0
Machang District Machang Machang D 93087 546 170.5
Pasir Mas District Pasir Mas Pasir Mas D 189292 614 308.3
Pasir Puteh District Pasir Puteh Pasir Puteh D 117383 434 270.5
Tanah Merah District Tanah Merah Tanah Merah D 121319 868 139.8
Tumpat District Tumpat Tumpat D 153976 170 905.7
Alor Gajah District Alor Gajah Alor Gajah M
Hang Tuah Jaya M
182666 660 276.8
Central Melaka District Melaka City Melaka C
Hang Tuah Jaya M
503127 314 1,602.3
Jasin District Jasin Jasin M
Hang Tuah Jaya M
135317 676 200.2
 Negeri Sembilan
Jelebu District Kuala Klawang Jelebu D 39200 1350 29.0
Jempol District Bandar Seri Jempol Jempol M 116576 1491 78.2
Kuala Pilah District Kuala Pilah Kuala Pilah D 66092 1090 60.6
Port Dickson District Port Dickson Port Dickson M 115361 572 201.7
Rembau District Rembau Rembau D 43011 415 103.6
Seremban District Seremban Seremban C 555935 935 594.6
Tampin District Tampin Tampin D 84889 879 96.6
Bentong District Bentong Bentong M 119817 1831 65.4
Bera District Bandar Bera Bera D 97882 2214 44.2
Cameron Highlands District Tanah Rata Cameron Highlands D 38471 712 54.0
Jerantut District Jerantut Jerantut D 91096 7208 12.6
Kuantan District Kuantan Kuantan M 461906 2960 156.0
Lipis District Kuala Lipis Lipis D 89730 5168 17.4
Maran District Maran Maran D 115424 1996 57.8
Pekan District Pekan Pekan D 110633 3846 28.8
Raub District Raub Raub D 95506 2268 42.1
Rompin District Kuala Rompin Rompin D
Tioman DA
114901 5735 20.0
Temerloh District Temerloh Temerloh M 165451 2251 73.5
Central Seberang Perai District Bukit Mertajam Seberang Perai C 371975 238 1,562.9
North Seberang Perai District Kepala Batas Seberang Perai C 295979 267 1,108.5
Northeast Penang Island District George Town Penang Island C 520242 124 4,195.5
South Seberang Perai District Sungai Jawi Seberang Perai C 171045 242 706.8
Southwest Penang Island District Balik Pulau Penang Island C 202142 175 1,155.1
Bagan Datuk District Bagan Datuk Teluk Intan M 70300 951.52 73.9
Batang Padang District Tapah Tapah D 123600 1794.18 68.9
Hilir Perak District Teluk Intan Teluk Intan M 138270 792.07 174.6
Hulu Perak District Gerik Gerik D
Lenggong D
Pengkalan Hulu D
91218 6560.43 13.9
Kampar District Kampar Kampar D 98978 669.8 147.8
Kerian District Parit Buntar Kerian D 179706 921.47 195.0
Kinta District Batu Gajah Ipoh C
Batu Gajah D
767794 1305 588.3
Kuala Kangsar District Kuala Kangsar Kuala Kangsar M 159505 2563.61 62.2
Larut, Matang and Selama District Taiping Taiping M
Selama D
334073 2112.61 158.1
Manjung District Seri Manjung Manjung M 232277 1113.58 208.6
Daerahmualimflag.jpg Muallim District Tanjung Malim Tanjong Malim D 69639 934.35 74.5
Perak Tengah District Seri Iskandar Perak Tengah D 101128 1279.46 79.0
 Perlis N/A Kangar Kangar M 231541 821 282.0
Gombak District Bandar Baru Selayang Selayang M
Ampang Jaya M
682226 650 1,049.6
Hulu Langat District Bandar Baru Bangi Kajang M
Ampang Jaya M
1156585 829 1,395.2
Hulu Selangor District Kuala Kubu Bharu Hulu Selangor D 198132 1740 113.9
Klang District Klang Klang M
Shah Alam C
861189 627 1,373.5
Kuala Langat District Teluk Datok Kuala Langat M 224648 858 261.8
Kuala Selangor District Kuala Selangor Kuala Selangor M 209590 1195 175.4
Petaling District Subang Petaling Jaya C
Shah Alam C
Subang Jaya C
1812633 484 3,745.1
Sabak Bernam District Sabak Sabak Bernam D 105777 997 106.1
Sepang District Salak Tinggi Sepang M 211361 600 352.3
Besut District Kampung Raja Besut D 140952 1234 114.2
Dungun District Kuala Dungun Dungun M 154932 2735 56.6
Hulu Terengganu District Kuala Berang Hulu Terengganu D 72052 3875 18.6
Kemaman District Chukai Kemaman M 171383 2536 67.6
Kuala Nerus District Kuala Nerus Kuala Terengganu C 173800 399 435.6
Kuala Terengganu District Kuala Terengganu Kuala Terengganu C 184600 210 879.0
Marang District Marang Marang D 97857 667 146.7
Setiu District Bandar Permaisuri Setiu D 55517 1304 42.6

East Malaysia[edit]

Federal Territory/State Division Name Capital Council Population (2010[4]) Area (km2) Density
 Federal Territory (Malaysia) N/A  Labuan Victoria Labuan C 86908 92 944.7
Interior Beaufort District Beaufort Beaufort D 64350 1735 37.1
Sandakan Beluran District Beluran Beluran D 104484 8345 12.5
Tawau Kalabakan District[5] Kalabakan Tawau M
Interior Keningau District Keningau Keningau D 173103 3533 49.0
West Coast Kota Belud District Kota Belud Kota Belud D 91272 1386 65.9
Sandakan Kinabatangan District Kinabatangan Kinabatangan D 146987 8000 18.4
West Coast Kota Kinabalu District Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu C 462963 350 1,322.8
Kudat Kota Marudu District Kota Marudu Kota Marudu D 66374 1917 34.6
Interior Kuala Penyu District Kuala Penyu Kuala Penyu D 18958 453 41.8
Kudat Kudat District Kudat Kudat D 83140 1287 64.6
Tawau Kunak District Kunak Kunak D 61094 1134 53.9
Tawau Lahad Datu District Lahad Datu Lahad Datu D 199830 6501 30.7
Interior Nabawan District Nabawan Nabawan D 31807 6089 5.2
West Coast Papar District Papar Papar D 124420 1234 100.8
West Coast Penampang District Penampang Penampang D 121934 466 261.7
West Coast Putatan District Putatan Putatan D 54733 29.7 1,842.9
Kudat Pitas District Pitas Pitas D 37808 1419 26.6
West Coast Ranau District Ranau Ranau D 94092 2978 31.6
Sandakan Sandakan District Sandakan Sandakan M 396290 2266 174.9
Tawau Semporna District Semporna Semporna D 133164 1145 116.3
Interior Sipitang District Sipitang Sipitang D 34862 2732.5 12.8
Interior Tambunan District Tambunan Tambunan D 35667 1347 26.5
Tawau Tawau District Tawau Tawau M 397673 6125 64.9
Sandakan Telupid District Telupid Telupid D
Interior Tenom District Tenom Tenom D 55553 2409 23.1
Sandakan Tongod District Tongod Kinabatangan D 35341 10052 3.5
West Coast Tuaran District Tuaran Tuaran D 102411 1165 87.9
Betong Betong District Betong Betong D 62131
Kabong District Kabong Saratok D N/A
Pusa District Pusa Betong D N/A
Saratok District Saratok Saratok D 46094
Bintulu District Bintulu Bintulu DA 189146
Sebauh District Sebauh Bintulu DA N/A
Tatau District Tatau Bintulu DA 30383
Kapit Belaga District Belaga Kapit D[6] 36114
Kapit District Kapit Kapit D 56053
Song District Song Kapit D 20595
Bukit Mabong District[7] Bukit Mabong Kapit D N/A
Kuching Bau District Bau Bau D 54246
Kuching District Kuching Kuching North C
Kuching South C
Padawan M
Lundu District Lundu Lundu D 33413
Limbang Lawas District Lawas Lawas D 38385
Limbang District Limbang Limbang D 48186
Miri Beluru District Bakong Marudi D N/A
Marudi District Marudi Marudi D 64018
Miri District Miri Subis D
Miri C
Subis District Subis Subis D N/A
Telang Usan District Long Lama Marudi D N/A
Mukah Dalat District Dalat Dalat and Mukah D 19062
Daro District Daro Matu and Daro D 30671
Matu District Matu Matu and Daro D 17369
Mukah District Mukah Dalat and Mukah D 42922
Tanjung Manis District Belawai Matu and Daro D N/A
Asajaya District Asajaya Kota Samarahan M 31874
Samarahan District Samarahan Kota Samarahan M[8][9] 87923
Simunjan District Simunjan Simunjan D 39226
Sarikei Julau District Julau Meradong and Julau D 15816
Meradong District Bintangor Meradong and Julau D 29441
Pakan District Pakan Meradong and Julau D 15480
Sarikei District Sarikei Sarikei D 58021
Serian[10] Serian District Serian Serian D 91599
Tebedu District Tebedu Serian D N/A
Sibu Kanowit District Kanowit Kanowit D 28954
Sibu District Sibu Sibu D
Sibu Rural D (Sibu Jaya)
Selangau District Selangau Sibu Rural D 22819
Sri Aman Lubok Antu District Lubok Antu Lubok Antu D 27984
Sri Aman District Simanggang Sri Aman D 66790

Townships (Mukim)[edit]

In the 11 states of the Peninsular Malaysia including the Federal Territories, there are townships (precinct for Putrajaya) that been administered by the district office and also the state government. For a list, see Category:Mukims of Malaysia.


Labelled maps[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Official Portal of the Sarawak Government".
  2. ^ "Malaysia Districts". Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Persempadanan". Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (Election Commission of Malaysia). Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b "TABURAN PENDUDUK MENGIKUT PBT & MUKIM 2010". Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Lian Cheng; Peter Sibon (23 January 2016). "Call for Belaga to have own district council". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Launch of Bukit Mabong, Tunoh, Kapit by the Chief Minister of Sarawak". Sarawak Regional Corridor Development Authority. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  8. ^ Lian Cheng (11 November 2016). "It's Kota Samarahan Municipal Council effective today". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Laman Web Rasmi Majlis Perbandaran Kota Samarahan".
  10. ^ Samuel Aubrey (12 April 2015). "Serian now a division". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 15 May 2015.

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