List of districts in Malaysia

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Daerah (District)
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CategorySecond-level administrative division
Location States 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)
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Districts in West Malaysia
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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

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

West Malaysia

  City-status District
  Municipal-status District
Federal Territory/StateDistrict NameCapital/Largest settlementLocal GovernmentPopulation (2010 [4] )Area (km2)Density
Flag of the Federal Territories of Malaysia.svg  Federal Territory (Malaysia)
N/AFlag of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.svg  Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur H 16746212436,891.4
N/AFlag of Putrajaya.svg  Putrajaya Putrajaya P 72413491,477.8
Flag of Johor.svg  Johor
Flag of Batu Pahat, Johor.svg Batu Pahat District Batu Pahat Batu Pahat M
Yong Peng D
Flag of Johor Bahru, Johor.svg Johor Bahru District Johor Bahru Johor Bahru C
Iskandar Puteri C
Pasir Gudang C
Flag of Kluang, Johor.svg Kluang District Kluang Kluang M
Simpang Renggam D
Flag of Kota Tinggi, Johor.svg Kota Tinggi District Kota Tinggi Kota Tinggi D
Pengerang M
Flag of Kulai, Johor.svg Kulai District Kulai Kulai M 251650754333.8
Flag of Mersing, Johor.svg Mersing District Mersing Mersing D 70894283825.0
Flag of Muar, Johor.svg Muar District Muar Muar M 2479571354183.1
Flag of Pontian, Johor.svg Pontian District Pontian Kechil Pontian M 155541933166.7
Flag of Segamat, Johor.svg Segamat District Segamat Segamat M
Labis D
Flag of Tangkak, Johor.svg Tangkak District Tangkak Tangkak D 136852970141.1
Flag of Kedah.svg  Kedah
Baling District Baling Baling D 135646153088.7
Bandar Baharu District Serdang Bandar Baharu D 42341271156.2
Kota Setar District Alor Setar Alor Setar C 366787423867.1
Kuala Muda District Sungai Petani Sungai Petani M 456605928492.0
Kubang Pasu District Jitra Kubang Pasu M 220740946233.3
Kulim District Kulim Kulim M
Kulim Hi-Tech
Industrial Park LA
Langkawi District Kuah Langkawi M 94777478198.3
Padang Terap District Kuala Nerang Padang Terap D 62896135746.3
Pendang District Pendang Pendang D 94962629151.0
Pokok Sena District Pokok Sena Alor Setar C 49506242204.6
Sik District Sik Sik D 67378163641.2
Yan District Yan Besar Yan D 68319242282.3
Flag of Kelantan.svg  Kelantan
Flag of Bachok, Kelantan.svg Bachok District Bachok Bachok D 133152264504.4
Flag of Gua Musang, Kelantan.svg Gua Musang District Gua Musang Gua Musang D 90057798011.3
Flag of Jeli, Kelantan.svg Jeli District Jeli Jeli D 40637128031.7
Flag of Kota Bharu, Kelantan.svg Kota Bharu District Kota Bharu Kota Bharu M
Ketereh D
Flag of Kuala Krai, Kelantan.svg Kuala Krai District Kuala Krai Kuala Krai D
Dabong D
Flag of Machang, Kelantan.svg Machang District Machang Machang D 93087546170.5
Flag of Pasir Mas, Kelantan.svg Pasir Mas District Pasir Mas Pasir Mas D 189292614308.3
Flag of Pasir Puteh, Kelantan.svg Pasir Puteh District Pasir Puteh Pasir Puteh D 117383434270.5
Flag of Tanah Merah, Kelantan.svg Tanah Merah District Tanah Merah Tanah Merah D 121319868139.8
Flag of Tumpat, Kelantan.svg Tumpat District Tumpat Tumpat D 153976170905.7
Flag of Malacca.svg  Melaka
Alor Gajah District Alor Gajah Alor Gajah M
Hang Tuah Jaya M
Central Melaka District Melaka City Melaka C
Hang Tuah Jaya M
Jasin District Jasin Jasin M
Hang Tuah Jaya M
Flag of Negeri Sembilan.svg  Negeri Sembilan
Jelebu District Kuala Klawang Jelebu D 39200135029.0
Jempol District Bandar Seri Jempol Jempol M 116576149178.2
Kuala Pilah District Kuala Pilah Kuala Pilah D 66092109060.6
Port Dickson District Port Dickson Port Dickson M 115361572201.7
Rembau District Rembau Rembau D 43011415103.6
Seremban District Seremban Seremban C 555935935594.6
Tampin District Tampin Tampin D 8488987996.6
Flag of Pahang.svg  Pahang
Bentong District Bentong Bentong M 119817183165.4
Bera District Bandar Bera Bera D 97882221444.2
Cameron Highlands District Tanah Rata Cameron Highlands D 3847171254.0
Jerantut District Jerantut Jerantut D 91096720812.6
Kuantan District Kuantan Kuantan C 4619062960156.0
Lipis District Kuala Lipis Lipis D 89730516817.4
Maran District Maran Maran D 115424199657.8
Pekan District Pekan Pekan D 110633384628.8
Raub District Raub Raub D 95506226842.1
Rompin District Kuala Rompin Rompin D
Tioman DA
Temerloh District Temerloh Temerloh M 165451225173.5
Flag of Penang (Malaysia).svg  Penang
Central Seberang Perai District Bukit Mertajam Seberang Perai C 3719752381,562.9
North Seberang Perai District Kepala Batas Seberang Perai C 2959792671,108.5
Northeast Penang Island District George Town Penang Island C 5202421244,195.5
South Seberang Perai District Sungai Jawi Seberang Perai C 171045242706.8
Southwest Penang Island District Balik Pulau Penang Island C 2021421751,155.1
Flag of Perak.svg  Perak
Bagan Datuk District Bagan Datuk Teluk Intan M 70300951.5273.9
Batang Padang District Tapah Tapah D 1236001794.1868.9
Hilir Perak District Teluk Intan Teluk Intan M 138270792.07174.6
Hulu Perak District Gerik Gerik D
Lenggong D
Pengkalan Hulu D
Kampar District Kampar Kampar D 98978669.8147.8
Kerian District Parit Buntar Kerian D 179706921.47195.0
Kinta District Batu Gajah Ipoh C
Batu Gajah D
Kuala Kangsar District Kuala Kangsar Kuala Kangsar M 1595052563.6162.2
Larut, Matang and Selama District Taiping Taiping M
Selama D
Manjung District Seri Manjung Manjung M 2322771113.58208.6
Daerahmualimflag.jpg Muallim District Tanjung Malim Tanjong Malim D 69639934.3574.5
Perak Tengah District Seri Iskandar Perak Tengah D 1011281279.4679.0
Flag of Perlis.svg  Perlis N/A Kangar Kangar M 231541821282.0
Flag of Selangor.svg  Selangor
Gombak District Bandar Baru Selayang Selayang M
Ampang Jaya M
Hulu Langat District Bandar Baru Bangi Kajang M
Ampang Jaya M
Hulu Selangor District Kuala Kubu Bharu Hulu Selangor D 1981321740113.9
Klang District Klang Klang M
Shah Alam C
Kuala Langat District Teluk Datok Kuala Langat M 224648858261.8
Kuala Selangor District Kuala Selangor Kuala Selangor M 2095901195175.4
Petaling District Subang Petaling Jaya C
Shah Alam C
Subang Jaya C
Sabak Bernam District Sabak Sabak Bernam D 105777997106.1
Sepang District Salak Tinggi Sepang M 211361600352.3
Flag of Terengganu.svg  Terengganu
Flag of Besut, Terengganu.svg Besut District Kampung Raja Besut D 1409521234114.2
Flag of Dungun, Terengganu.svg Dungun District Kuala Dungun Dungun M 154932273556.6
Flag of Hulu Terengganu, Terengganu.svg Hulu Terengganu District Kuala Berang Hulu Terengganu D 72052387518.6
Flag of Kemaman, Terengganu.svg Kemaman District Chukai Kemaman M 171383253667.6
Flag of Kuala Nerus, Terengganu.svg Kuala Nerus District Kuala Nerus Kuala Terengganu C 173800399435.6
Flag of Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.svg Kuala Terengganu District Kuala Terengganu Kuala Terengganu C 184600210879.0
Flag of Marang, Terengganu.svg Marang District Marang Marang D 97857667146.7
Flag of Setiu, Terengganu.svg Setiu District Bandar Permaisuri Setiu D 55517130442.6

East Malaysia

Federal Territory/StateDivisionNameCapitalCouncilPopulation (2010 [4] )Area (km2)Density
Flag of the Federal Territories of Malaysia.svg  Federal Territory (Malaysia) N/AFlag of Labuan.svg  Labuan Victoria Labuan C 8690892944.7
Flag of Sabah.svg  Sabah
Interior Beaufort District Beaufort Beaufort D 64350173537.1
Keningau District Keningau Keningau D 173103353349.0
Kuala Penyu District Kuala Penyu Kuala Penyu D 1895845341.8
Nabawan District Nabawan Nabawan D 3180760895.2
Sipitang District Sipitang Sipitang D 348622732.512.8
Tambunan District Tambunan Tambunan D 35667134726.5
Tenom District Tenom Tenom D 55553240923.1
Kudat Kota Marudu District Kota Marudu Kota Marudu D 66374191734.6
Kudat District Kudat Kudat D 83140128764.6
Pitas District Pitas Pitas D 37808141926.6
Sandakan Beluran District Beluran Beluran D 104484834512.5
Kinabatangan District Kinabatangan Kinabatangan D 146987800018.4
Sandakan District Sandakan Sandakan M 3962902266174.9
Telupid District Telupid Telupid D 1935
Tongod District Tongod Kinabatangan D 35341100523.5
Kalabakan District Kalabakan Kalabakan D N/A3885N/A
Kunak District Kunak Kunak D 61094113453.9
Lahad Datu District Lahad Datu Lahad Datu D 199830650130.7
Semporna District Semporna Semporna D 1331641145116.3
Tawau District Tawau Tawau M 397673612564.9
West Coast Kota Belud District Kota Belud Kota Belud D 91272138665.9
Kota Kinabalu District Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu C 4629633501,322.8
Papar District Papar Papar D 1244201234100.8
Penampang District Penampang Penampang D 121934466261.7
Putatan District Putatan Putatan D 5473329.71,842.9
Ranau District Ranau Ranau D 94022297831.6
Tuaran District Tuaran Tuaran D 102411116587.9
Flag of Sarawak.svg  Sarawak
Betong Betong District Betong Betong D 40828154726.4
Kabong District Kabong Saratok D 1955379924.5
Pusa District Pusa Betong D 2130394722.5
Saratok District Saratok Saratok D 2654188829.9
Bintulu District Bintulu Bintulu DA 189146199195.0
Sebauh District Sebauh Bintulu DA 2621052295.0
Tatau District Tatau Bintulu DA 3038349466.1
Kapit Belaga District Belaga Kapit D [5] 36114190501.9
Kapit District Kapit Kapit D 3390839738.5
Song District Song Kapit D 2059539355.2
Bukit Mabong District [6] Bukit Mabong Kapit D 22145119761.8
Kuching Bau District Bau Bau D 5424688461.4
Kuching District Kuching Kuching North C
Kuching South C
Padawan M
Lundu District Lundu Lundu D 33413181218.4
Limbang Lawas District Lawas Lawas D 3338538128.8
Limbang District Limbang Limbang D 48186397812.1
Miri Beluru District Bakong Marudi D 1201616137.4 [7]
Marudi District Marudi Marudi D 33018107183.1
Miri District Miri Subis D
Miri C
Subis District Subis Subis D 54600373014.6 [8]
Telang Usan District Long Lama Marudi D 3100098293.2 [9]
Mukah Dalat District Dalat Dalat and Mukah D 1906290521.1
Daro District Daro Matu and Daro D 20446122616.7
Matu District Matu Matu and Daro D 17369160010.9
Mukah District Mukah Dalat and Mukah D 42922253616.9
Tanjung Manis District Belawai Matu and Daro D 1022573114.0
Asajaya District Asajaya Kota Samarahan M 31874303105.2
Samarahan District Samarahan Kota Samarahan M [10] [11] 87923407216.0
Simunjan District Simunjan Simunjan D 39226221817.7
Sarikei Julau District Julau Meradong and Julau D 1581617039.3
Meradong District Bintangor Meradong and Julau D 2944171940.9
Pakan District Pakan Meradong and Julau D 1548092516.7
Sarikei District Sarikei Sarikei D 5802198558.9
Serian [12] Serian District Serian Serian D 91599240538.1
Tebedu District Tebedu Serian D N/A
Sibu Kanowit District Kanowit Kanowit D 28954225412.8
Sibu District Sibu Sibu D
Sibu Rural D (Sibu Jaya)
Selangau District Selangau Sibu Rural D 2281937956.0
Sri Aman Lubok Antu District Lubok Antu Lubok Antu D 2798431438.9
Sri Aman District Simanggang Sri Aman D 66790232428.7

Townships (Mukim)

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.

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See also

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