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Kanowit got its name from a minor ethnic group called 'Kanowits' who stayed here long time ago. This group is considered strong and brave but they don't found today. Kanowit District Council (named Kanowit Sea Dayak Local Authority) was established in 1949. It’s located at Shop No. 50 Kanowit town, more commonly knows as a ‘Bilik Tukang Kambuh’. 

In 1950, Council office moved to Kanowit Clinic Building where ‘Market Serbaguna’ now. In 1957, Council got its new name 'Kanowit District Council' under Section 6 & 7, State Elections Ordinance (Cap.7). 

On 5 October 1967, Council office moved to present site (Jalan Kubu, opposite Ford Emma) after new office completed. 

Initially the Council’s Chairman appointed by the State Government or Representatives through elections. Since 1980, District Officer automatically appointed as Council’s Chairman and Secretary as the Head of Department. 

Below is the list of Chairman and Secretaries who has served in Kanowit District Council: 

No

Name of Chairman

Year

1

Drake Brockmen

1949-1952

2

A.R.G Morison

1952-1954

3

Temenggong Bayang

1954-1955

4

Empaling Ak Imang

1955-1958

5

Temenggong Masam Ak Radin

1959-1963

6

Francis Bujang Manja

1963-1975

7

Hillary Mukit Guroh

1976-1979

8

Walter Chamber Najod

1980-1981

9

Empeni Lang

1982-1983

10

Jonathan Saga Supit

1983-1986

11

Webber Ketit

1987

12

Peter Ling Hing Sung

1987-1988

13

Michael Napil Jawip

1988-1993

14

Michael Dawi Alli

1993-1994

15

Ling Kai Siew

1995-1999

16

Edward Nyalang Bandar

1999-2002

17

Edward Sadai Anja

2002-2004

18

Philip Addo

2004-2005

19

Bobbie Yamoh

2008-2012

20

Haji Ibrahim Bin Kipli

2012-2014

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No

Name of Secretary

Year

1

Sio Lai Wat (Clerk In-charge)

1949

2

Chiew Hung Seng

1950-1958

3

Wong Leong Kai

1959-1972

4

Joseph Liau Geok Soo

1973-1976

5

Peter Ngu Teck Ming

1976-1979

6

Gordon Stephen Than

1979-1983

7

Benjamin Bakar Ak Kumbang

1983-1998

8

Charlie Ak Ningkan

1998-1999

9

Sadie Bin Amit

1999-2003

10

Ahmad Jerry Bin Haji hashim

2003-2016

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