Sibu District

Sibu District is an administrative district in Sibu Division, Sarawak, Malaysia covering a total area of 2229.8 km2.[2] It can be divided into Sibu Town area (129.5 km2)[3] and the rural areas (2,100.3 km2). The satellite township of Sibu Jaya (26 km away from the Sibu town) is included in the rural areas.[4] Sibu District is under the purview of Sibu District Office located at Sibu Islamic Complex, Sibu Town. There are currently two local authorities namely Sibu Municipal Council (SMC)[3] and Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC)[5] that administers Sibu Town and Sibu rural areas respectively.

Sibu District
Official logo of Sibu District
Districts of Sarawak
District Office locationSibu
Local area government(s)Sibu Municipal Council (SMC)
Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC)
 • Total2,229.8 km2 (860.9 sq mi)
 • Total240,165
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
District OfficerAwang Yusup bin Awang Mostapha
License plate prefixQS
Ethnicity[1]Chinese (47.2%)
Iban (28.0%)
Malay (10.0%)
Melanau (5.9%)
Non-Malaysians (5.9%)
Bidayuh (0.73%)
Map of Sibu District


There has been a marginal growth of Sibu District population of 2.36% from 1991 to 2000. Meanwhile, from 2000 to 2010, there is a marginal growth of 1.53%.[6]

Year 1991 2000 2010
166,894 206,297 240,165

Towns and villagesEdit


Sibu District Office is housed inside the Islamic complex.

James Brooke built a fort in Sibu in 1862.[7] In 1901, 1,118 Chinese Foochow settlers migrated to Sibu.[8] Today, Sibu is the largest town by the Rajang River.[9]

Sibu JayaEdit

Sibu Jaya developer office

Sibu Jaya is located at 26 km away from Sibu.[10] and 1 km away from Sibu Airport. It is a joint development project between AmCorp Corporation Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Housing and Development Corporation.[11] It was originally developed as a satellite township to Sibu in 1995.[12] The town is expected to be completed in 2023.[11]


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  3. ^ a b "History Of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC)". Official Website of Sibu Municipal Council. Official Website of Sibu Municipal Council. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Sibu Jaya Township". AmCorp Properties Sdn Bhd. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Background". The official website of Sibu Rural District Council. Sibu Rural District Council. 2014. Archived from the original on 20 December 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Table 8: Number of persons and average annual population growth rate (per cent) by state and administrative district, 1991, 2000 and 2010 (cont'd, page 35)" (PDF). Statistics Department, Malaysia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
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  8. ^ Hii, Philip (4 April 2011). "Wong a well-known authority on Chinese migration to South-East Asia". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  9. ^ Richard C, Filder (2010). Kanowit: An overseas Chinese community in Borneo - Chapter 1: Location and setting - The river (First ed.). Sibu, Sarawak: Sarawak Chinese Cultural Association. p. 7. ISBN 978-983-9360-46-2.
  10. ^ "Introduction to Sibu Jaya Public Library". Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Sibu Jaya Township". Am Corp Properties. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Head of State visits Sibu Jaya township". The Borneo Post. 9 July 2012. Archived from the original on 9 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.