Petaling Jaya (commonly called "PJ" by locals) is a major Malaysian
city originally developed as a satellite township for Kuala Lumpur. It
is located in the
Petaling District of
Selangor with an area of
approximately 97.2 square kilometres (37.5 sq mi). Petaling
Jaya was granted city status on 20 June 2006.
Petaling Jaya is surrounded by the Malaysian capital,
Kuala Lumpur to
Sungai Buloh to the north,
Shah Alam , the capital of
Subang Jaya to the west and
Bandar Kinrara to the south.
4 City sections
8 Properties in Petaling Jaya
12 Places of worship
13 Notable people
14 International relations
14.1 Sister cities
16 External links
The city was developed during
British Malaya on a piece of 1,200 acres
(486 ha) rubber estate (the Effingham Estate) around Old Klang
Road to address the overpopulation of the capital
Kuala Lumpur in the
1950s. Since 1952, PJ witnessed a dramatic growth in terms of
population size and geographical importance. The development of
Petaling Jaya commenced in 1952 with the construction of 800 houses
centred on the area known as “Old Town” today.
Gerald Templer (then the British High
Commissioner of Malaya and
Petaling District council chairman) planned
Petaling Jaya to be a satellite town to prevent people from
assisting the communists; the earlier housing areas were fenced off
from the surrounding area. The first two main roads built in Petaling
Jaya were simply called "Jalan 1" or Road 1 and "Jalan 2" or Road 2.
Road 1 was later named
Jalan Templer while Road 2 was named Jalan
Othman after Othman Mohamad, former Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of
Until the end of 1953, the town was administered by the Kuala Lumpur
district officer. The
Petaling Jaya Town Authority headed by N.A.J.
Kennedy commenced administrating
Petaling Jaya in 1954. On 24 August
1959, Encik Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Ali became the first Malayan to
head the PJ Authority. Administratively and historically, it was
considered part of Kuala Lumpur. However,
Petaling Jaya ceased to be
Kuala Lumpur when the latter became a Federal Territory on 1
February 1974. It then became a township in its own right within the
state of Selangor.
PJ South (also known as PJS), from Section 8 to PJ Old Town, had the
first settlements, which were established around 1953. As development
progressed, PJ North, on the other side of the Federal Highway was
developed. The first shopping complex in Petaling
Jaya was Jaya Shopping Centre (better known as Jaya Supermarket),
located in Section 14, which was built in 1974.
On 1 January 1977, the
Petaling Jaya Town Authority was upgraded to
Municipal Council or Majlis Perbandaran Petaling
Petaling Jaya progressed rapidly due to the massive
rural-urban migration. As more people from rural areas immigrated,
Sungai Way and Subang districts along with areas such as Subang Jaya,
Seksyen 52 (New Town or colloquially known as "State", the name of the
first, former cinema in the area) developed in areas under the
jurisdiction of the municipality.
In a boundary realignment exercise in early 1997, parts of Petaling
Jaya including Subang Jaya, USJ, Putra Heights, and
Bandar Sunway were
placed under the jurisdiction of the newly formed Subang Jaya
Municipal Council or MPSJ.
Petaling Jaya is the central hub of Klang
Valley as it is located in between
Kuala Lumpur and surrounding
Due to the proximity of the city to the capital of Malaysia, Petaling
Jaya had and have been the headquarters of many federal government
departments such as Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (National Registration
Department, 1958-2004), Jabatan Arkib Negara
National Archive Department, 1961-1982) and Jabatan Kimia Malaysia
(Malaysian Chemistry Department, 1957-).
Petaling Jaya is one of the wettest cities in Malaysia. It is warm
with an average maximum of 30 degrees Celsius and receives heavy
rainfall all year round, roughly more than 3,300 mm (130 in)
of average rainfall annually. The city has no particular true dry
season, but June and July are the driest months. Mostly each month
average rainfall receives more than 200 mm (7.9 in).
Thunderstorms and extreme rainstorms are common, and it is one of the
highest lightning strike areas in the world. But due to global
Petaling Jaya is experiencing severe drought with frequent
water rationing among neighbourhoods.
Climate data for Petaling Jaya
Average high °C (°F)
Average low °C (°F)
Average rainfall mm (inches)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm)
Source: World Meteorological Organisation
Petaling Jaya City Council
On 20 June 2006,
Petaling Jaya was granted a city status and Dato'
Ahmad Termizi Puteh, a former Yang di-Pertua MPPJ, automatically
became the first mayor (Datuk Bandar) of Petaling Jaya. Petaling
Jaya's local council changed its name to Majlis Bandaraya Petaling
Jaya (MBPJ) or
Petaling Jaya City Council
Petaling Jaya City Council following the granting of
city status. On 15 August, Dato' Ahmad Termizi Puteh retired from the
post of mayor. He was later replaced by Dato' Hj. Mohamad Roslan
The residents of
Petaling Jaya are served by four Members of
Parliament, DAP's Tony Pua in PJ Utara, PKR's Hee Loy Sian in PJ
Selatan, PKR's R. Sivarasa in Subang and PKR's Wong Chen in Kelana
Petaling Jaya city sections
See also: List of
Petaling Jaya city sections
Petaling Jaya is divided into several sections. Some are subdivided
into smaller neighbourhoods (kejiranan), for example SS5D. Some
sections have their own names (SS1 as Kampung Tunku), while other
sections are grouped together (SS3, SS4, SS5, SS6 and SS7 as part of
Kelana Jaya). Besides that,
Petaling Jaya also comprises the affluent
township of Damansara. Note that SS is not the same as Seksyen but as
the short acronym for Subang-Sungai Way instead.
As of 2014[update],
Petaling Jaya claimed 613,977 residents living in
the area of 51.4 square kilometres (19.8 square miles). The actual
population by 2015 would have been a little over 550,000 residents
without taking into account the total population of the Kuala
Petaling Jaya conurbation which would have resulted in a total
population of 1.5 million.
Kota Darul Ehsan
Kota Darul Ehsan arch over the Federal Highway, as seen from the
Kuala Lumpur side.
A prominent landmark in PJ is the
Kota Darul Ehsan
Kota Darul Ehsan arch which
symbolically marks the boundary between
Kuala Lumpur and Petaling
Jaya. This arch straddled the Federal Highway (Lebuhraya Persekutuan)
which was originally the only highway link between
Petaling Jaya and
Kuala Lumpur. However, many links now exist as alternatives to the
congested Federal Highway.
Close to the
Kelana Jaya Line's Taman Jaya Station are the Petaling
Jaya Museum, as well as the Thai
Wat Chetawan temple. This ornate
building is very popular amongst the Buddhist community. A short drive
ahead is PJ State, the nickname for the Central Business District of
Petaling Jaya with the landmark Menara MBPJ as a focal point. PJ State
is more formally referred to as PJ New Town.
Damansara is the main shopping hub of
Petaling Jaya with many of the
city's shopping malls being located there. Some of the notable
shopping malls in the city include The Curve, Ikea, IPC Shopping
Centre, One Utama, Tropicana City Mall, Empire Damansara, Sunway
Pyramid and Paradigm Mall.
The Amcorp Mall & Business Centre as seen from the Taman Jaya LRT
The 1980s saw the establishment of shopping malls like The Atria in
Damansara Jaya and
Subang Parade in the nearby suburb or satellite
town of Subang Jaya. The Atria provided the opportunity for residents
to patronise either the Japanese Kimisawa or the French Printemps
department stores, as well as a
Burger King restaurant.
1 Utama commenced operations at Bandar Utama. Jaya Jusco, a
Japanese department store which had operated since 1984 at Taman Tun
Dr Ismail later relocated as one of the anchor tenants of 1
Tesco supermarket commenced operations in
Mutiara Damansara in 2003.
This was quickly followed by the Ikano Power Centre in 2004 and The
Curve in 2005. The Ikano Power Centre (now renamed as IPC Shopping
Centre since 2011) houses Southeast Asia's largest
furniture store. At about the same time, the
1 Utama new wing had
commenced operations.
The Dataran Sunway commercial hub in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Giant Hypermarket commenced operations in Kelana Jaya. This
complex houses the
Giant Hypermarket and some shops to create a more
shopping centre style. It is easily accessed off the
Puchong Expressway. Nearby is the SStwo Mall, which was
opened at the end of December 2010, and Paradigm Mall, which opened in
Cambridge Analytica has an office in Kota Damansara.
Properties in Petaling Jaya
Active property developers in
Petaling Jaya are PKNS, (which are the
main pioneer of development for PJ), Sunway Bhd, Tropicana Bhd,
AmCorp, Mah Sing Group and Guocoland as well as many others. Due to
the size of
Petaling Jaya township, properties development in the area
also includes small to medium-sized developers such as Sri Aman
Development and Nusmetro.
Before the rapid development and commercialisation of Petaling Jaya,
there were only a handful of residential developments which comprises
mostly low to medium-cost apartments as well as terrace houses. By
2005, luxurious condominiums, semi detached houses and bungalows are a
common sight within the area. These high end properties are mostly
located at Bukit Gasing, Section 16 & 17, SS7 Kelana Jaya, and
more recent ones such as Tropicana, and Ara Damansara.
A train of the
Kelana Jaya line of the
RapidKL LRT passing through
Transportation facilities and infrastructure are well developed in
Petaling Jaya. Bus services were initially provided by Sri Jaya
between the early 1950s until the early 1990s. Some
SEA Park residents may recall the old Sri Jaya Leyland Albion buses on
the No. 241 service struggling to climb the relatively steep Jalan
The introduction of the IntraKota bus system by DRB-Hicom saw the
replacement of Sri Jaya and the mini-buses by the early
1990s. At the same time, some of the Petaling
Kuala Lumpur bus routes were serviced by Metrobus.
The introduction of the Putra LRT service in 1998 saw the addition of
the Putraline feeder bus services. The combination of Putraline and
Putra LRT brought a relief to many
Petaling Jaya residents especially
those who had to rely on public transportation.
RapidKL took over the operations of IntraKota, Star, and Putra
LRT. Today, public transportation is provided by
RapidKL in the form
of buses as well as the KL Light Rail Transit System - Kelana Jaya
Line, which extends slightly into Petaling Jaya. There are five Kelana
Jaya Line stations in Petaling Jaya.
Petaling Jaya has three access points to the national highway system:
North–South Expressway via Kota Damansara, Damansara, and Subang.
Internally, highways such as the Damansara–
Sprint Expressway and the Federal Highway exist.
Just recently, the new MRT line, a major infrastructure project
undertaken in the Klang Valley, The Sungai Buloh-
Kajang Line, the
first line in the
Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project. Ten of the
Thirty-one stations are located within Petaling Jaya. The extension of
Kelana Jaya Line towards
Subang Jaya and
Putra Heights and the
Bandar Utama-Klang Line
Bandar Utama-Klang Line also serves to increase public
transportation infrastructure in Petaling Jaya.
German School Kuala Lumpur
There are more than 25 colleges and universities in Petaling Jaya
including International Islamic University
Malaysia (IIUM/UIAM) centre
for foundation studies campus in Section 17, MARA University of
Technology (UiTM) campus branch on Jalan Othman in Section 1,
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
Petaling Jaya Campus in Section
13 (The campus have moved to Sungai Long), Tun Abdul Razak University
(UNITAR) main campus in SS6 Kelana Jaya,
Stamford College on Jalan
Timur and Jalan 223 (moved out, no longer there), Food Institute of
Malaysia (FIM) in SS6 Kelana Jaya,
Malaysia University of Science
& Technology (MUST) main campus in SS7, KDU University College
(KDU) in Damansara Jaya, Kolej
Bandar Utama (KBU) in Bandar Utama,
IACT College at Damansara Utama, Brickfields Asia College at Section
SEGi University at Kota Damansara, and International University
College Of Technology Twintech a private college at Bandar Sri
TCA College (Malaysia) (TCAM) is an interdenominational
Charismatic Bible College.
The UiTM facility in Section 1 commenced life as the Dewan Latehan
RIDA in November 1956. It was later renamed the Dewan Latihan MARA.
This was a training centre under the auspices of RIDA or the Rural and
Industrial Development Authority. Essentially it was also the
inspiration of Dato' Onn Jaafar, the founder and former president of
UMNO or the United Malays National Organisation. This UiTM facility
can be regarded as Petaling Jaya's oldest college.
There are many primary and secondary schools in Petaling Jaya
including Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Tunku, Sekolah Kebangsaan Kelana
Jaya, Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Damai, Sekolah Kebangsaan Kelana Jaya,
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman SEA, SMK Damansara Utama, Bukit
Bintang Boys School, SMK Assunta, Sri Aman Girls School, Catholic High
School, La Salle PJ, SMK Damansara Jaya, SMK Sultan Abdul Samad, SMK
Taman Medan, SMK (P) Taman Petaling and SMK Kelana Jaya. The oldest
Petaling Jaya is likely the Road 10 Primary School in Old
Town. The foundation stone of the school was placed by Sultan
Hisamuddin Alam Shah in 1952.
The German School Kuala Lumpur, a German international school, is in
Malaysia's first private nursing college is at
Assunta Hospital in
Petaling Jaya. The Tun
Tan Cheng Lock
Tan Cheng Lock College of Nursing was founded
The MRC Kids SS2 is located beside SS2 CIMB bank, new operate
childcare with whole brain enrichment program.
Petaling Jaya has a fully equipped, multi-purpose stadium known as
Petaling Jaya Stadium.
Petaling Jaya Stadium
Petaling Jaya Stadium is the home of Petaling
Jaya Rangers F.C. in
Malaysia FAM League. It has a capacity of 25,000.
Places of worship
Wat Chetawan Thai Buddhist temple.
Muslim community can pray at mosques such as those at Jalan
Templer, Section 17, Section 14, Section SS1 and Damansara Utama.
Kelana Jaya Putera, which was built in the late-2000s, is
located in Kelana Jaya. Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah at Jalan
Templer is likely the oldest mosque in Petaling Jaya. This mosque was
declared open by HRH the Sultan of
Selangor on 23 October 1964. Later
in 2008, the mosque was modernised and rebuilt.
Roman Catholic Christian community can attend mass at churches
such as St Francis Xavier's, located on Jalan Gasing, which was
established in 1961. Two other Catholic churches are the Church of the
Jalan Templer as well as St. Ignatius in Taman Mayang.
The Assumption church is the oldest: it dates from 1959. The
Methodist church dates from 2 August 1959 and is at Jalan
Anglican as well as a Lutheran church is located at Jalan
Utara. Glad Tidings
Assembly of God
Assembly of God church is at Jalan Bersatu 13/4.
Several shophouse-based churches exist across Petaling Jaya. In 2005,
the former Ruby Cinema in SEA Park temporarily became the Damansara
Methodist Church. Harvest Community Church (an Assembly of God
church) is located at D-1-36, 8 Avenue Business Centre, Jalan Sungai
Jernih 8/1, 46050, Petaling Jaya. Small "shoplot" churches can be
found all around the city; some of these transform into larger
churches, like Grace Assembly PJ (an assembly of god church). These
attract a larger following and can be found in many places around the
The Thai Chetawan Temple along Jalan Gasing and at the Cempaka
Buddhist Lodge in SS23 Taman SEA. Chinese temples such as Poh Lum Fatt
Yuen along Jalan Gasing fulfil the needs of the
Taoist temples can be found in PJ Old Town and in Section 11.
Sri Sithi Vinayagar Temple
Sri Sithi Vinayagar Temple (Sanskrit: श्री
सिद्धि)at Section 4 along Jalan
Selangor serves as the
main religious facility for Petaling Jaya's
Hindu community. The main
God worshiped here is Ganesh, (Sanskrit: गणेश). Vinayaga is a
common name for Ganesh. There is a
Mariamman Temple in Jalan 17/47,
and the Geeta Ashram is a north-Indian style
Hindu Temple dedicated to
Krishna. The Geeta Ashram can be found in Lorong Utara B in Section
There is a Sikh
Gurdwara located in Lorong Utara B, beside the Tun
Hussein Onn Eye Hospital and the Geeta Ashram.
Riad Asmat, former CEO of
Caterham F1 Team in 2010-2014 was born on 17
Bernard Chandran, Malaysian fashion designers
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Malaysia
Petaling Jaya currently has four sister cities:
Asan, South Korea.
PJ set to undergo major redevelopment, The Star, 4 May 2007.
One of PJ’s earliest supermarkets, The Star, 7 May 2007.
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