|Motto: Cekap Bersih Makmur
(Efficient, Clean, and Prosperous)
Circa AD 600s (7th century)
|Incorporation (Municipality)||1 August 1996|
|• Type||State-based internal government|
|• Chairman||Lo Khere Chiang|
|• Padawan municipality||1,771.3 km2 (683.9 sq mi)|
|• Padawan municipality||702,936|
|• Estimate (2014)||950,000|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Not observed (UTC)|
|Postal code||93050 KUCHING (Matang Jaya, Telaga Air)
93250 KUCHING (Penrissen, Batu Kawah, Kota Sentosa, Kota Padawan)
94200 KUCHING (Siburan, Beratok, Tapah)
|International dialling code prefix||+6082 (landline only)|
|Vehicle registration plate prefix||QA and QK (for all vehicles except taxis)
HQ (for taxis only)
The Padawan municipality is a collective name given to a subset of the Kuching District area which is not administered locally by the Kuching South City Council and the Kuching North City Hall. It has an area of 1771.3 km2, covering the suburbs of the Kuching Proper subdistrict and the entire Siburan and Padawan subdistricts. The area is currently administered by state-based internal government, Padawan Municipal Council.
The origin of the name "Padawan" came from the combination of Bidayuh words namely Padja and Birawan. There is a story of a Bidayuh village elder named Kinyau stayed in an area named Sibanyai 900 years ago. One day, he discovered white beads which has mystical healing power and they called it Birawan. These beads can also bring peace, prosperity, and tranquility to the area. The village elder has an eldest son named Padja. Therefore, the village elder decided to rename the area as "Padawan" in memory of his son and the mystical beads.
- "Sejarah Bahagian Samarahan". Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- "New MPP chairman sworn in pledging his level best". Retrieved 28 July 2010.
- "Padawan Municipal Council: Council Profile". Retrieved 28 April 2010.
Local Administration area of 1,431.82 sq. km. which covers mainly the outskirts of Kuching City.
- "Council profile". Official website of Padawan Municipal Council. Padawan Municipal Council. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
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