Johor Bahru District

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Johor Bahru
جوهر بهرو
District of Malaysia
Country  Malaysia
State Flag of Johor.svg Johor Darul Ta'zim
Seat Johor Bahru
 • District officer Malick Awang
 • Total 1,871 km2 (722 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,730,000
 • Density 920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)

This article refers to a district in the state of Johor in Malaysia. For other uses, see Johor Bahru (disambiguation)

The Johor Bahru district is located in the southern part of Johor, separated from Singapore by Straits of Johor. The district covers an area of 1,871 km² and has a population of 1.73 million. It is the third largest metropolitan area in Malaysia after Klang Valley and Greater Penang. The core city in this district is Johor Bahru, yet administratively Johor Bahru Tengah city is more populous than Johor Bahru city, being the eleventh and twelfth most populated LGUs in Malaysia, respectively; neither city is related to the district, but are subunits of the state. The district borders Pontian district on the west, Kota Tinggi District on the east, Kluang District on the north and Singapore to the south. Johor Bahru metropolitan area is surrounded by rich oil palm estates.

Johor Bahru district comprises three local authorities - Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB), Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council (MPJBT) and Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) with a possibly new fifth local authority covering a proposed new administrative capital of Johor in Bandar Nusajaya near the Linkedua Expressway to Singapore.

Johor Bahru city at night

The city of Johor Bahru is Malaysia's southern gateway. It receives 60% of foreign tourists to Malaysia and is a major holiday and shopping destination for neighbouring Singaporeans due to the weaker Malaysian ringgit vis-a-vis the Singaporean dollar. There are also manyMalaysians who study and work in Singapore, but commute on a daily basis between Johor Baru and the city state.

The district has two land links to Singapore; Johor Causeway and the newer Linkedua Expressway. The customs and immigration complex of the Linkedua Expressway is named Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar in Malay, after the current Sultan's late great-grandfather, Sultan Abu Bakar.

The site of the 1977 crash of Malaysian Airline System Flight 653 is nearby. The aircraft crashed in swampy lands in Tanjong Kupang. There were no survivors and many bodies remained unidentified. Their remains were subsequently buried in a Muslim cemetery in Johor Bahru.


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