An overview of the government bodies of Sarawak

Sarawak’s State Legislative Assembly, the oldest legislature in Malaysia, was established after its first inaugural meeting at Bintulu on 8th September 1867. Its first 21-member Sarawak General Council, headed by Rajah Charles Brooke, consisted of six of Brooke’s officers and 16 local community leaders. In 1903, the General Council was renamed Council Negri. 

In 1941, Brooke’s son, Vyner, established a written constitution known as the Constitution Order in Council during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Brookes’ rule in Sarawak. As a result, the Council Negri membership numbers were increased to 24. Instead of Vyner Brookes (in his role as Rajah) the Chief Secretary was appointed to preside over the Council Negri. 

In 1963, the Council Negri’s membership increased to 42. Since then, it rose incrementally to 48 in 1968, 56 in 1989, 62 in 1996 and 71 in 2006. In 1976, the Council Negri was renamed the Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN).

Administrative Division and Districts

Division District Sub-District
Kuching Kuching Padawan
Bau  
Lundu Sematan
Samarahan Samarahan  
Asajaya  
Serian Tebedu
Simunjan Sebuyau
Sri Aman Sri Aman Lingga
Pantu
Lubok Antu Engkilili
Betong Betong Maludam
Debak
Spaoh
Pusa
Saratok Kabong
Roban
Budu
Sarikei Sarikei  
Meradong  
Julau  
Pakan  
Sibu Sibu  
Kanowit  
Selangau  
Mukah Mukah Balingian
Dalat Oya
Daro Belawai
Matu Igan
Bintulu Bintulu Sebauh
Tatau  
Kapit Kapit Ng. Merit
Belaga Sg. Asap
Song  
Miri Miri Sibuti
Niah-Suai
Marudi Beluru
Long Lama
Limbang Limbang Ng. Medamit
Lawas Sundar
Trusan