Mukah Division


Mukah Division
Mukah Division

Divisions of Sarawak
Division Office location Mukah
Local area government(s) Majlis Daerah Dalat & Mukah (MDDM), Majlis Daerah Matu-Daro
Area
 - Total 6,997.61 km2 (2,701.8 sq mi)
Population (2010[1])
 - Total 110,543
 - Density 15.8/km2 (40.9/sq mi)
Resident Tuan Haji Saudi Bin Haji Narani
Districts Mukah, Dalat, Daro & Matu
Sub-districts Balingian, Oya, Igan & Belawai

Mukah Division is one of the eleven administrative divisions in Sarawak, east Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It was established on March 1, 2002 and it has a total area of 6,997.61 square kilometers[2].

Mukah Division contains four administrative districts: Mukah, Dalat, Mato and Daro. The total population is 110,543[3]. The population is culturally mixed, with mostly Melanau, Malay, Iban, and Chinese predominating.

Major rivers in Mukah are Batang Mukah, Batang Oya, Batang Igan and Batang Rajang.

Contents

Development

As a relatively new division in Sarawak, Mukah identifies seven core development sectors. The sectors are as follows;

  • Fishery
  • Agriculture
  • Industry
  • Tourism
  • Human Resource
  • Infrastructure and Info-structure
  • Community Harmonious Lives (Kesejahteraan Hidup Masyarakat)

Infrastructure

The Batang Mukah Bridge, one of the most notable structures of Mukah.

After a few years, the division has completed a coastal road that connects Kuala Balingian/Balingian/Mukah/Dalat/Oya/Igan/Matu/Daro. Furthermore, there are two higher education institutes in the division; UiTM Mukah campus and Mukah Polytechnic. Also, there is a coal power plant built in Matadeng, some 30 km from the Mukah town. A RM 48 million, 170 meters double-arch suspension bridge over Batang Mukah was opened to public on 16 September 2005[4].

Mukah Polytechnic

Fishery

Meanwhile, in Belawai, the fishery sector is being focused. There is Tanjung Manis Deep Sea Fishery Complex to support the sector. Tanjung Manis also connected to Sibu via Serdeng/Tanjung Manis/Bruit/Sg.Nai Road and Sibu/Bawang Assan/Serdeng Road.

The fishery industry is synonym with Mukah town too. The Melanaus are fish lovers and fish are incorporated in traditional dishes, for example umai. Mukah town even has statues of Ikan Merah(Red Snapper) and Udang(Prawn) that suggests the importance of the industry to the town and the division wholly.

Tourism

Mukah offers a different tourism attraction in Sarawak. Being the only Melanau-majority town, the Melanau culture is the best that Mukah has to offer. There is a grand Kaul Festival (Pesta Kaul in Malay) held annually at Kala Dana Beach (Pantai Kala Dana in Malay) at Mukah. A park called Kala Dana Recreation Park or Site of Kaul Festival (Tapak Pesta Kaul) was built there and had recently been renovated and is now more modern. It also has an observation tower. This festival attracts many visitors from Sarawak-wide and sometimes even foreign tourists. The chief minister also attends this festival each year.

Some of the places of interest in Mukah Division are:

  • Bruit National Park, Daro
  • Sungai Pasin Wildlife Park, Matu
  • Kampung Sok Melanau Longhouse, Matu
  • Sago Farm, Dalat
  • Kenyana Lake, Mukah
  • Taman Tanjung Pedada, Kpg. Tanjung, Mukah
  • Kala Dana Recreation Park, Mukah
  • Setia Raja Boulevard Recreation Park, Mukah
  • Blue Horizon Beach, Mukah
  • Kampung Kuala Hilir Oya, Dalat
  • Telaga Penawar Kampung Jemoreng, Matu
  • Belawai Beach, Daro
  • Lamin Dana (Traditional Melanau Longhouse), Mukah

Agriculture

The main agricultural products are oil palm, sago, paddy, pineapple and aquaculture.

Industry

In 1996, the Mukah Light Industrial Estate was established by the Mukah river, about 3 km from the Mukah town. The planned area covers 61 hectares. The other industrial estate in Mukah Division is the Tanjung Manis Timber Processing Zone developed by Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC)[5].

References

  1. ^ "Laporan Kiraan Permulaan 2010". Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. p. iv. http://www.statistics.gov.my/ccount12/click.php?id=2127. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Rakan Sarawak July 2007". State Secretary's Office, Chief Minister's Department, Sarawak. p. 7. http://www.myonestopsarawak.com.my/info/rakansarawak/072007/Rakan_Sarawak_Jul_2007_Final.pdf. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Laporan Kiraan Permulaan 2010". Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. p. iv. http://www.statistics.gov.my/ccount12/click.php?id=2127. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Sarawak Property Buletin". p. 3. http://www.wtwy.com/report/SPB/SWakBulletin06.pdf. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  5. ^ "Sarawak Property Buletin". p. 3. http://www.wtwy.com/report/SPB/SWakBulletin06.pdf. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 

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