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Petaling Jaya

Petaling Jaya
ڤتاليڠ جاي
City
Skyline of Petaling Jaya
Flag of Petaling Jaya
Flag
Official seal of Petaling Jaya
Seal
Nickname(s): PJ, Bandar Raya Inai Merah
Motto: Mesra, Cepat, Tepat
(English: Friendly, Expedient, Precise)
Location within Petaling District and the state of Selangor
Location within Petaling District and the state of Selangor
Petaling Jaya is located in Peninsular Malaysia
Petaling Jaya
Petaling Jaya
Location in Peninsular Malaysia
Coordinates: 3°05′N 101°39′E / 3.083°N 101.650°E / 3.083; 101.650
Country Malaysia
State Selangor
Establishment 1954
Granted city status 2006, 20 June
Government
 • Mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain
Area
 • Total 97.2 km2 (37.5 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 638,516
 • Density 6,600/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Website www.mbpj.gov.my

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 the east, Sungai Buloh to the north, the capital of Selangor, Shah Alam to the west and Subang Jaya to the south.

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.

Lieutenant-General Sir Gerald Templer (then the British High Commissioner of Malaya and Petaling District council chairman) planned for 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 Selangor.

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 part of 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.


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