BACKGROUND OF PADAWAN MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
The Padawan Municipal Council (formerly known as Kuching Rural District Council) was formed at the end of 1956 under the provisions of the Local Authority Ordinance 1948, Chapter 117.
The present MPP office is located at Kota Padawan, 10th Mile, Jalan Penrissen, Kuching.
1957-1961: Chairman of the Council was the District Officer (Era of Colonialism)
1962-31.10.1981: Chairman was elected ( Government Election Period)
1.11.1981 onwards: Chairman was appointed.
Councillorship System :
Comprises of the Municipal Chairman, Deputy Chairman and 30 Councillors.
1.8.1996: 40 years later, KRDC was elevated to a municipality, Padawan Municipal Council by YAB Ketua Menteri Sarawak
The Chief Executive Officer and warrant holder of the council is the Municipal Secretary
Local Administration area of 1,431.82 sq. km. which covers mainly the out-skirt areas of Kuching City.
In the sub-urban areas, housing developments are springing up rapidly. Houses of modern architecture can be easily seen as you drive around. Further up in the rural areas, traditional houses of the various ethnic groups are still standing
Population: 330,000 (estimated figure) which comprises of Bidayuh, Chinese, Malays and Iban.
Main source of revenue is from assessment rates: RM 25 million (2014).
PADAWAN MUNICIPAL COUNCIL CREST
The PMC crest has a yellow star sitting on top of the shield with 2 black cats leaning on to both sides of the shield. Inside the shield is a blue mountain with a clear blue sky with a road leading to the mountain. Written above is the Council motto "CEKAP, BERSIH, MAKMUR" . There is a thin red band going round the shield and the name of the new name of the Council is written inside the Green Band at the bottom of the shield.
The meanings for the symbols and colours in the Council's crest are as follows:
YELLOW STAR - signifies light, hope and brilliant future
BLACK CAT - signifies good management and housekeeping
BLUE SKY & MOUNTAIN - signify tranquility and in harmony with nature
ROAD - symbolizes development and growth
GREEN BAND - signifies greenery, freshness, openess and purity
RED - signifies courage and strength
HOW THE NAME PADAWAN CAME ABOUT?
Some 900 years or so, a respected village elder named Kinyau of the area then known as SIBANYAI discovered white beads in the area. These beads are known as BIRAWAN to the Bidayuh. These beads have mystical power to heal any sickness and to bring peace, prosperity, good health and tranquillity to the inhabitants of the area.
The village elder had an eldest son named PADJA.
In memory of his son and the mystical beads, he renamed the area as PADAWAN - acronym for PADJA, his son and BIRAWAN, the mystical beads. Since then the area has been called PADAWAN.
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