Local Government is defined based on 3 laws as follows :
1. Local Government Act 1976 (Act 171) - Local Government in Peninsular Malaysia Section 2 of the Act provides that "local authority" means any City Council, Municipal Council or District Council, as the case maybe, and in relation to the Federal Territory means the commissioner of the City of Kuala Lumpur appointed under Section 3 of the Federal Capital Act 1960.
2. Local Government Ordinance 1961 (Sarawak No. 11 of 1996) - Local Government in Sarawak
"Local Authority" means -
(a) a City Administration named in Part I of the First Schedule;
(b) a Municipal Council named in Part II of the First Schedule;
(c) a District Council named in Part III of the First Schedule;
Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) has been inserted in the above-mentioned sub-section(b).
3. Local Authorities Ordinance 1996 (Chapter 20) - Local Government in Sabah
"Authority" means any District Council, Town Board or Municipal Council established under the provisions of Section 3.