Districts of Malaysia

Districts of Malaysia

Districts in Malaysia are known as Daerah or Jajahan (in Kelantan). A district governed directly by the federal government is known as a Federal Territory, and they are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan.

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 local government.

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, Sandakan town is the capital of the district of Sandakan, as well the capital of Sandakan Division. (Note: Sandakan district is a sub-division of Sandakan Division.)

Each district will have a District Office (Pejabat Daerah), headed by a District Officer, which mainly deals with land matters. A district will be administered by a separate local government either being a District Council, a Municipal Council, or a City Council. In some highly urbanised districts, there may be more than one local government. For example, the district of Petaling in Selangor is administered by 3 local governments: Shah Alam City Council, Petaling Jaya City Council, and Subang Jaya Municipal Council. Another example is the district of Kinta in Perak which also has 3 local governments: Ipoh City Council, West Kinta District Council, and South Kinta District Council. Conversely, there may be one local government administering more than one district, for example, Seberang Perai Municipal Council administers the districts of Central Seberang Perai, North Seberang Perai, and South Seberang Perai.


Peninsular Malaysia

Johor, State of

Kedah, State of

Kelantan, State of

Malacca, State of

Negeri Sembilan, State of

Pahang, State of

Penang, State of

Perak, State of

Perlis, State of

Selangor, State of

Terengganu, State of

Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of

Putrajaya, Federal Territory of

East Malaysia

Sabah, State of

Sarawak, State of

Labuan, Federal Territory of

See also


  1. ^ "Malaysia Districts". Statoids.com. http://www.statoids.com/ymy.html. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 

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