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Gerik History

About a hundred years ago, the area now known as Gerik was still covered by thick forest and was under the rule of King Reman. In 1870, a few people arrived from Patani by the Hangai River, and cleared the land at the river’s estuary. This group was headed by a man called Tok Ad (Tok Sa ad).

Not long after that, King Reman, called Tuan Jagong, came elephant hunting at Gunung Tujuh, near Kuala Kenderong. They heard about the village in the middle of the jungle nearby.

When King Reman came near to the village, he heard a strange noise from the base of a cluster of elephant bamboos. He then ordered his men to dig it up to find out what made the strange noises.

Once it was dug up, they discovered a large number of animals that looked like rats eating the bamboo root. As the root was very hard, the rats made screeching noises when bitten (gerit) by these animals.

King Reman thus named the place Gerit Village. Gerit was used for a long time but the pronunciation and spelling was later changed from Gerit to Grik, and now to Gerik.

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In the early 1901, Hulu Perak District Head Office was moved from Teluk Janing to Gerik. Gerik was originally a small town, with wooden shop houses located at Jalan Wan Mat Salleh. When the tin mining activities began in Temenggor, Gerik Town became bigger and developed. Since 1903, the District Officers were as follows:

1903    -          C.F. Bozzolo

1907    -           Burgess

1907    -           H.Berkely

1910    -           C.M. Lailaw

1912    -           H.Berkely

1917    -           V.Hill

1918    -           H.Berkley, E.A.Dikson, A.S.Jervois, H.Berkley

1926    -           J.E.Kenyse

1926    -           A.G.Markicc

1927    -           H.F.Honks

1929    -           O.E.Venable

1931    -           W.F.N.Chuchill

1932    -           W.S.Evdens

1933    -           Dato' Mahmud b. Mat

1934    -           Dato' Abdul Malik b. Hj Yusof

1936    -           Raja Haji Ahmad b. Raja Endut

1939    -           Dato' Ahmad b. Mat

1940    -           Syed Nordin b. Syed Husein

1941    -           A.N. Ross

1942    -           Hj. Meor Yahya b. Meor Alwi

1942    -           Wan Mohd Ali b. Wan Omar

1943    -           Raja Hj. Shahar Shah b. Raja Harun

1945    -           Syed Nordin b. Syed Husein

1945    -           CPT. Mohamed Salleh b. Hj Sulaiman

1947    -           Bahaman b. Shamsudin

1947    -           Crats

1948    -           J. Jameson

1948    -           Aitken

1950    -           M.F. Carling

1952    -           B.W.B. Chapman

1953    -           R.J.C Wait

1954    -           C.G. Ferguson 

1957    -           K.C. Wells

1958    -           Othman b. Kasim

1959    -           Zainal Abidin b. Osman

1960    -           Harun b. Ariffin

1961    -           Wan Ahmad b. Wan Omar

1962    -           Yang Ambri b. Kamaruddin

1963    -           Azizul Rahman b. Abdul Aziz

1964    -           Azizul Rahman b. Abdul Aziz

1964    -           Mohd Nor b. Alias

1965    -           Mohd Nor b. Alias

1966    -           Mohd Nor b. Alias

1967    -           Abdul Razak b. Hitam

1968    -           Abdul Razak b. Hitam

1968    -           Ahmad b. Hj. Yeop Abdul Hamid

1969    -           Hj. Ahmad Hisham b. Mat Piah AMP.PMP

1971    -           Hj.Osman b. Hj. Mohd Baki AMN. PJK

Januari 73 – 16.11.74        -     Abdul Razak b. Nordin

16.11.74 – 31.12.76          -     Zainal Abidin b. Maamor

1.1.77 – 15.11.78              -     Abdul Wahab b. Hj. Zainuddin

15.1.79 – 2.2.83                -     Hj. Ismail b. Othman

16.4.83 – 31.12.87            -     Hj. Ismail b. Abdul Kadir

15.3.88 – 25.2.1990          -     Abdul Manaf b. Abdul Rahim

1.9.1990 – 31.7.1995        -     Abdul Rahim b. Saleh

1.8.1995 – 15.11.2002      -     Dato' Hj. Ismail b. Dollah Harun

16.11.2002 – 16.12.2002  -     Dato' Mahmod b. Morsidi

17.12.2002 -                      -    Dato' Muhammad Fadhil b. Khalid

17.12.2003 -                      -    Dato' Hj. Abdul Karim b. Osman