Sandakan Municipal Council

Sandakan Municipal Council (Malay: Majlis Perbandaran Sandakan, abbreviated MPS; Chinese: 山打根市政委员会) is the municipal council which administrates the city and municipalities area of Sandakan in the state of Sabah, Malaysia.

Sandakan Municipal Council
Majlis Perbandaran Sandakan
(Chinese: 山打根市政委员会)
Agency overview
Formed1 January 1982 (1982-01-01)
Jurisdiction City of Sandakan
HeadquartersPO Box 221, 90702 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
5°50′24″N 118°7′0″E
Agency executive
  • Benedict Asmat, President


The municipal council is formed in 1982 following the merged between Sandakan Town Board and Rural District Council on 1 January 1982. The title of "Commissioner" was subsequently replaced with "President" while "Employee" becomes "Secretary".[1] On 1 January 1984, Sandakan District Office was abolished by the state government with some of their previous duties and responsibilities were taken over by the municipal council and the former district officer became deputy president of the council.[1] In April 2018, Sabah Minister of Local Government and State Housing Hajiji Noor said that the Cabinet of Sabah has decided to upgrade the status of the municipal council into Sandakan City Council with the plans supposed to take effect on 1 July.[2] However, following the sudden change of government in the 2018 election, the plans unable to become reality. On 4 September 2018, the President of the council was replaced by a new President with focus are given on other matters.[3] Through the statement by Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and Local Government and Housing Minister Jaujan Sambakong on 5 August 2019, the new government will continue the plan to elevating Sandakan's status as the second city in Sabah.[4] In 2021, the 9th Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has pre-launch Sandakan as the second city in Sabah. The Public Works Minister Bung Moktar Radin said that they had planned Sandakan to achieve city status by October 2022.[5]

President of Sandakan Municipal Council (Presiden)

Since 1982, the town has been led by eleven presidents. The previous presidents are listed as below:[6]

NoPresidentTerm startTerm end
1Mohd Tahir Jaafar19821983
2Abdul Ghani Rashid19841986
3Kamaruddin Linggam19861988
4Ignatius J. Bantoi19881995
5Leong Chen Kong19951996
6Claudius Roman19962000
7Adeline Leong20002004
8Yeo Boon Hai20042009
9Ir. James Wong20092018
10Hii Chang Lik20182019
11Wong Foo Tin20192021
12 Benedict Asmat 2021 Incumbent


  1. "Pengenalan MPS [Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan]" [MPS Introduction [Local Government Authority]] (in Malay). Sandakan Municipal Council. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  2. Vesta Vanessa Jsol (17 April 2018). "MPS bakal dinaik taraf sebagai Majlis Bandaraya Sandakan" [MPS will be upgraded as Sandakan City Council] (in Malay). New Sabah Times. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  3. Mardinah Jikur (5 September 2018). "New MPS chief vows to make Sandakan among the best". Daily Express. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  4. Larry Ralon (6 August 2019). "City status for S'kan plan". Daily Express. Archived from the original on 7 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. "Sandakan dinaik taraf sebagai bandar raya tahun ini". Sinarharian (in Malay). 20 June 2022. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  6. "Senarai Pengurusi, Pesuruhjaya dan Presiden" [List of Managers, Commissioners and Presidents] (in Malay). Sandakan Municipal Council. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
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