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Malay loan word Mukim came from Arabic word Iqama. This term synonymous with word distrik, daerah, or wilayah.

  • In Brunei, a mukim is a subdivision of a daerah (district). The equivalent of the word 'mukim' in English would be 'sub-district'.
  • In Malaysia, a mukim can either be a subdivision of a daerah (district) or a subdivision of sub-district, (Section 11(c) of the National Land Code 1965)
  • In Singapore, a mukim is a survey district in a rural area. There are 34 mukim survey districts in Singapore, as well as 30 Town Subdivision survey districts.[1]
  • In Indonesia, Mukim means 'a place to stay' or 'the one who stay', Permukiman generally use to refer 'a settlement'.[2] The term mukim used exclusively as a subdivision of a subdistrict in Aceh. A mukim contains some villages.


Mukims of Brunei

There are 38 mukims in Brunei. Each mukim is an administrative area made up of several Kampung (Malay for "village"). A Mukim is headed by a Penghulu, which is an elected office. The number of mukims in each of the districts in Brunei is as follows:

District Number of Mukims
Belait 8
Brunei-Muara 17
Temburong 5
Tutong 8

The smallest mukim by area is Mukim Saba in the Brunei-Muara District. The largest mukim by area is Mukim Sukang in the Belait District. The last change in the mukim boundaries was in the late 1990s when Mukim Kumbang Pasang was merged into Mukim Kianggeh and Mukim Berakas was divided into Mukim Berakas A and Mukim Berakas B. The number of mukims remained at 38.

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  1. ^ "Land Titles Search". Singapore Land Authority. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Arti kata mukim - Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Online". Retrieved 2 November 2017.