Friday, August 29, 2008

Its All About Petaling Jaya

Petaling Jaya or PJ. A township that grew out of jungle. In less than 50 years, Petaling Jaya, whose name means 'successful town', has forged ahead to become the town of the future. Clean, Beautiful and progressive.

The Petaling Jaya Municipal Council or MPPJ is the local authority responsible for the administration and development of Petaling Jaya.

Petaling Jaya has a humble beginning of a little town that grew, starting from 1952 with an area of only 2.12 sq. km.

The MPPJ has 24 councillors, headed by the Yang Dipertua (President) who is appointed by the Selangor Darul Ehsan State Government.

Petaling Jaya or better known as PJ is an area located in the district of Petaling.

The original reason for the establishment of Petaling Jaya was to alleviate the increasing congestion of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

Petaling Jaya goes into record as the first planned town of Malaysia, and the authorities has pledged to make it a model for progress.

The growth of Petaling Jaya has been phenomenal ever since it obtained municipality status in 1977.

There are four international-class hotels and two 3-star hotels besides other budget hotels in Petaling Jaya today.

Petaling Jaya plays an important role as Malaysia's first commercial and industrial centre.

'Jaya' a local word for success was added to its name in 1953 to reflect the continued growth of the township.

The Petaling Jaya local authority was set up in 1954, with N.A.J. Kennedy as its first administrator.

The most notable landmark of Petaling Jaya is the ultra-modern 27 storey Menara MPPJ.

Petaling Jaya today is a metropolitan centre with about 500,000 residents within 51.4

Petaling Jaya has managed to preserve its natural beauty and efforts are being made to maintain its "garden city" concept.


Petaling Jaya with its large and skilled population and well-developed infrastructure, offers excellent
investment opportunities.

Petaling Jaya today has become a planned town that symbolises the progress and prosperity of Selangor Darul Ehsan in particular and the nation in general.

The Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) won a series of distinction awards including the Local Authority Quality Award.

Today, Chinese from 55 per cent of Petaling Jaya residents while 30 per cent are Malays, 13 per cent Indians and 2 per cent comprise other races.

The pride of Petaling Jaya, Subang Parade is the longest shopping complex in Asia.

The Selangor State Government gazetted a 0.34 area in Sungai Way as a free trade zone in 1972.

There are now 30 primary schools, 16 secondary schools, 23 private colleges and universities including International Islamic University campus branch, Universiti Institute Technology Mara campus branch, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) campus branch, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unitar) and Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Petaling Jaya.

In line with the country's Vision 2020, PJ's rapid growth into a cosmopolitan center will see the redevelopment of PJ Old Town at a cost of RM28 million.

The MPPJ Week which was first held in 1992 and will continue thereafter is to enhance relations with rate payers and members of the corporate sector.

YP for Bukit Gasing is Dr. Lim Thuang Seng. He is also a MPPJ councillor.

The new Petaling District and part of Klang District Structural Plan has divided it into 10 zones.