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Seberang Perai City Council

The Seberang Perai City Council is the local government which administers Seberang Perai, the mainland half of the Malaysian state of Penang. This agency is under the purview of the Penang state government.

Seberang Perai City Council

Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai
Coat of arms or logo
Logo of Seberang Perai City Council
Founded1976 (as the Seberang Perai Municipal Council)
Preceded bySeberang Perai Local Government Management Board
Rozali Mohamud (2017 – )
City Secretary
Rosnani Mahmod (2017 – )
MPSP 20180804.svg
Political groups
Seberang Perai Aspiring City of Tomorrow
(Seberang Perai Aspirasi Bandar Masa Hadapan)
Meeting place
Headquarters of Seberang Perai Municipal Council in Bukit Mertajam.jpg
Menara MBSP, Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam

Established in 1976, Seberang Perai City Council's jurisdiction includes several major townships and wards, such as Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam, Batu Kawan and Nibong Tebal, covering a total area of 738 km2 (285 sq mi). The local council is responsible for urban planning, heritage preservation, public health, sanitation, waste management, traffic management, environmental protection, building control, social and economic development, and general maintenance of urban infrastructure.

The headquarters of the Seberang Perai City Council is Bangunan MBSP at the Bandar Perda township, about 3.15 km (1.96 mi) west of Bukit Mertajam proper.


Province Wellesley (now Seberang Perai) had been acquired in stages by the British East India Company in the early 19th century.[1][2] The principal town within Province Wellesley, Butterworth, began to develop sometime in the 1850s.

However, the history of local governance in Seberang Perai only began in earnest towards the end of the 19th century. In 1896, the first Municipal Ordinance was introduced to ensure the smooth administration of Penang's local authorities.[1] Another legislation was passed in 1913, permitting the establishment of three Rural Boards and a Town Board within Province Wellesley.[1][2][3]

The four local authorities were:

  • Butterworth Town Board
  • Province Wellesley North Rural District Board
  • Province Wellesley Central Rural District Board
  • Province Wellesley South Rural District Board

The evolution of the local governments in Province Wellesley continued in 1952, when the four local boards were upgraded into local councils. These upgrades took effect within the following year. In addition, the Bukit Mertajam Town Council was formed in 1953, thus increasing the total number of local authorities in Province Wellesley to five.[3][4][5] The five local authorities at the time were:

  • Butterworth Town Council
  • Bukit Mertajam Town Council
  • Province Wellesley North Rural District Council
  • Province Wellesley Central Rural District Council
  • Province Wellesley South Rural District Council

In 1961, both the Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam town councils were merged with their surrounding rural councils, the Province Wellesley North and Central rural councils, respectively.[1][2][4] Later on in 1973, the remaining three Rural District Councils were also merged into a single local authority that encompasses all of Seberang Perai, the Seberang Perai Local Government Management Board.[6]

Following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1976, the local board was succeeded by the Seberang Perai Municipal Council.[1] At that point, the municipal council's jurisdiction covered an area of over 738 km2 (285 sq mi), encompassing all of Seberang Perai and a few offshore islets, making it the largest municipal council in Malaysia in terms of land size.

Since 1976, the Seberang Perai Municipal Council was one of the only two local governments in Penang, alongside the then Penang Island Municipal Council which administered Penang Island, including George Town. In 2015, the Penang Island Municipal Council was succeeded by the present-day Penang Island City Council (MBPP), leaving the Seberang Perai Municipal Council as the sole municipal council in Penang until 2019, when it officially declared as a full fleged city on Malaysia Day, 16 September 2019.[7]

Areas of jurisdictionEdit

The Seberang Perai City Council administers all three districts of Seberang Perai, as well as the two islets off the coastline of Seberang Perai - Aman Island and Gedung Island.[8] Over 738 km2 (285 sq mi) of the mainland half of Penang is therefore under the jurisdiction of the City Council.

District Major townships
North Seberang Perai Butterworth
Kepala Batas
Central Seberang Perai Bukit Mertajam
Seberang Jaya
South Seberang Perai Batu Kawan
Nibong Tebal


The City Council is headed by the Mayor, who is assisted by a City Secretary and 24 councillors.[9] The Mayor's term lasts for two years, while each of the 24 councillors is appointed for a one-year term by the Penang state government.[10]

21 of the councillors are selected by the component parties of the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition. Of these, nine are appointed by the Democratic Action Party (DAP), eight by the People's Justice Party (PKR), and two each from the National Trust Party (Amanah) and Malaysian United Indigenous Party (Bersatu).[11] Penang-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are allocated the remaining three councillor positions to allow for the participation in policy-making by Penang's civil societies.[11][12]

The current mayor of the Seberang Perai City Council is Rozali Mohamud, who assumed office in 2017 as the president of Seberang Perai Municipal Council.[13] At the time of writing, the position of the City Secretary is held by Rosnani Mahmod.


As of 3 July 2018, the councillors of the Seberang Perai City Council are as listed below:[11][14]

Councillor Political Affiliation
A'ziss Zainal Abdiddin Bersatu
Anuar Yusoff PKR
Cameron Kang Yau Chuang none (NGO)
Cheen Goon Hooi DAP
David Marshel Pakianathan DAP
Heng Yeh Shiuan DAP
Jason Raj Kirupanantha DAP
Johnson Anthonysamy PKR
Khong Chee Seong DAP
Kumaran Krishnan DAP
Marshidaliza Marzuki Bersatu
Mohamad Akmal Azhar PKR
Mohd. Saifullah Abd Nasir Amanah
Mohd. Sharmizan Haji Mohamad Nor PKR
Ong Jing Cheng PKR
Ooi Yong Wooi DAP
Seow Kweng Tian PKR
Shuhada Abdul Rahim PKR
Tan Chee Teong DAP
Tan Cheong Heng DAP
Tengku Rasidah Tengku Kamarudin none (NGO)
Wong Chee Keet none (NGO)
Zaini Awang PKR
Zulkiply Ishak Amanah


The City Council also comprises the following departments and units.[15]

Department Director
Building Commissioner Norlizawati Sidek
Community Services Norhayati Sulaiman
Corporate and International Relations Wan Junaidy Yahaya
Engineering Hj Baderul Amin Abdul Hamid
Health Services Sujatha R. Saravanan
Information Technology and Communication Abdul Fikri Ridzauudin Abdullah
Internal Auditing Asma Othman
Landscape Shaqhrony Md Yusoff
Law Enforcement Nazri Abdul Wahab
Legal Rosnada Abu Hassan
Licensing Mohd Faidrol Mohd Radzi
Management and Human Resource Siti Haslinda Hasan
Municipal Services Mohd Puad Hamid
New Butterworth Normaira Abdul Rahman
One Stop Centre Ismail Abdul Manaf
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Mohd Ridzal Abdul
Town Planning Norliza Abdullah
Treasury Shahrulnizad Abd Razak
Valuation and Property Management Mat Nasir Hassan

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "History". Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Province Wellesley or Seberang Perai? -". 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  3. ^ a b "The history of Bukit Mertajam, Part II:From rural board to town council". The history of Bukit Mertajam, Part II:From rural board to town council. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  4. ^ a b "Penang". Penang. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  5. ^ "The Penang Island City agenda". Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  6. ^ "Local Counsel - Butterworth eyes better times". Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  7. ^ "Seberang Prai achieves city status". The Star Online. 16 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Laman Rasmi Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai". Retrieved 2017-04-29.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Organizational Chart". Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  10. ^ "Newbies pledge to give their best - Community | The Star Online". Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  11. ^ a b c Opalyn Mok (27 June 2018). "Putrajaya asked Penang's help to return third vote, says state exco". Malay Mail. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  12. ^ "New list of city councillors to be tabled on Jan 4 - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  13. ^ "New Mayor for Penang Island City Council". Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  14. ^ "Councillors 2018". Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  15. ^ ":: iDirektori". Retrieved 2018-06-10.

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