Sarawak History

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Overview of Sarawak


Sarawak is presently divided into 11 administrative divisions - Kuching, Sri Aman, Sibu, Miri, Limbang, Sarikei, Kapit, Kota Samarahan, Bintulu, Mukah and Betong. Kuching is the seat of government for modern Sarawak and is home to some 458,300 people making it the highest populated city in Sarawak (25 percent of the population is in Kucing) and the 7th highest populated city in Malaysia. Sarawak has a Chief Minister, which heads a Cabinet of Ministers.

 

The Chief Minister is appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Negeri (or Governor), from amongst members of the State's Legislative Council. Elections are held every five years. The present Chief Minister is YAB Pehin Sri Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud. Kuching is also where the Head of the State of Sarawak, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) His Excellency Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng resides.

 

o         By area, the largest division is Kapit, which is approximately 31.0 percent of the total land area of Sarawak, followed by Miri and Sibu. 

o         By population, the densest division is Kuching, which comprised around 25 percent of Sarawak's total population, followed by Sibu and Miri.  Ironically Kuching division has the smallest land area.

o         One-fifth of Sarawak is composed of alluvial coastal plain covered with low lying peat swamps. High alleviated land lies in the east from Bintulu to Kapit which are mostly covered with hill diptrocarps forest.

 

Here we give you more details on

o         Kuching & the Southwest

o         Northwest of Sarawak & Miri

o         Central Sarawak & Sibu

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