Johor Bahru District

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This article is about the district in the state of Johor in Malaysia. For other uses, see Johor Bahru (disambiguation).
Johor Bahru
جوهر بهرو
District of Malaysia
Flag of Johor Bahruجوهر بهرو
Country  Malaysia
State Flag of Johor.svg Johor Darul Ta'zim
Seat Johor Bahru
 • District officer Malick Awang
 • Total 1,112 km2 (429 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,334,188
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)

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 1,112 km² and has a population of 1.33 million. It is the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia after Klang Valley. 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, Kulaijaya 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 council 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 many Malaysians 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, Tanjong Kupang.


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