General Questions

What are the differences between City Hall, Municipal Council and District Council?
Local Authority in Malaysia is divided into three categories as follows:
  • City Council / City Hall
  • Municipal Council
  • District Council

The difference in the three categories are as follows:

  • City Council/City Hall is a local authority which has been upgraded from municipal council status after having successfully achieved certain criteria which include the total population exceeding 500,000 people and the annual revenue exceeding RM100 million.
  • Municipal Council refers to local authority in urban or town centre which has a total population exceeding 150,000 people and an annual revenue exceeding RM20 million.
  • District Council District Council refers to local authority in rural area. The criteria stipulated for a District Council status is having a total population not exceeding 150,000 people and annual revenue less than RM20 million.

Statistic of Local Authorities are displayed here..

How many local authorities are there in Malaysia?
There are 155 local authorities in Malaysia and the respective details area as follows:
  • 19 City Halls / City Councils (CH/CC);
  • 40 Municipal Councils (MC);
  • 92 District Councils (DC); and
  • 4 Modified Local Authorities.
Currently, Telupid District Council in Sabah is the latest local authority.

Modified local authorities are the State Bodies bestowed by the State Government to deliver local authority functions in their locality. The Kulim Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Putrajaya Corporation, Labuan Corporation and Tioman Development Authority are the four (4) modified local authorities.
  • Refer Local Authorities statistic di sini
  • Refer Local Authorities list di sini
How many Local Authorities have received the status of City Council/Hall here in Malaysia?
So far there are 18 local Authorities that have received the status of City Council/Hall namely:
Dewan / Majlis Bandaraya Negeri Tarikh Diwartakan/Pengisytiharan
1) Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan 1 Februari 1972
2) Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh Perak 27 Mei 1988
3) Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara Sarawak 1 Ogos 1988
4) Majlis Bandaraya Kuching Selatan Sarawak 1 Ogos 1988
5) Majlis Bandaraya Melaka Bersejarah Melaka 15 April 1989
6) Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru Johor 1 Januari 1994
7) Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu Sabah 2 Februari 2000
8) Majlis Bandaraya Miri Sarawak 20 Mei 2005
9) Majlis Bandaraya Alor Setar Kedah 21 Disember 2003
10) Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam Selangor 10 Oktober 2000
11) Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Selangor 20 Jun 2006
12) Majlis Bandaraya Kuala Terengganu Terengganu 1 Januari 2008
13) Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang Pulau Pinang 1 Januari 2015
14) Majlis Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri Johor 22 November 2017
15) Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai Pulau Pinang 16 September 2019
16) Majlis Bandaraya Seremban Negeri Sembilan 1 Januari 2020
17) Majlis Bandaraya Subang Jaya Selangor 20 Oktober 2020
18) Majlis Bandaraya Pasir Gudang Johor 22 November 2020
19) Majlis Bandaraya Kuantan Pahang 21 Februari 2021
Are all Local Authorities in Malaysia subjected to the jurisdiction of Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHLG)?
Yes, Local Authorities are subjected to the jurisdiction of State Government respectively. The term and reference in the MHLG is to coordinate policies, law standardization, provision of advisory services including technical and reimbursement allocation from Federal Government.
How will the public be able to launch complaint or seek help or solve problem direct from PBT of the area?
The public can do so direct to the Local Authority or through the Local Government Department / Ministry of Housing and Local Government.
Can the Local Department assist the public if they have problems within the region of the Local Authorities?
Local Government Department can refer the problem concerned to the Local Authority by requesting the letter for the report. If the problem is serious, Local Government Department may request the Local Authority to submit further explanations and to act on it duly.
Is bulk rubbish (mattress, bad cupboard, etc) being collected as frequently as the ordinary garbage collection?
Bulk Rubbish is collected once a week.
If the party entrusted does not implement the rubbish clearance, what action can the public take?
The public can make a report or alert the Local Authority of the area so that the rubbish may be cleared as soon as possible.