Seberang Perai to get city status after Raya

The Seberang Perai Municipal Council headquarters in Bukit Mertajam.

GEORGE TOWN: The Cabinet has given the nod for the Seberang Perai Municipal Council to be elevated to city council.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, in announcing this today, said the paperwork and other formalities would be completed after Hari Raya.

Seberang Perai would become the country’s largest city council, covering an area of 747.8 sq km with a population of 946,200.

As a municipal council, it is the largest in the country, administering three main districts with 54 localities.

The state executive councillor for local government, Jagdeep Singh Deo, has previously said that the proposal to elevate the municipality to city status had been sent to the ministry last December.

The Penang Island Municipal Council was elevated to a city council in 2015.

In an immediate comment, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow told FMT: “It is a recognition and, at the same time, a greater responsibility.”