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|Granted municipality status||2001|
|• Tuan Yang DiPertua MPKK||Tn. Abdul Aziz Bin Haji Abdul Ghani AMK, BCK|
|• Density||590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Not observed (UTC)|
|International dialling code prefix||+6044 (landline only)|
Kulim is a city in the state of Kedah, Malaysia. It is located on the southeast of Kedah, bordering Penang on the west. Kulim evolved from a small settlement in the 1950s to a successful town. This is because Kulim is located very close to Bukit Mertajam and Penang State. Kulim is a district consisting of 15 smaller sub-districts also known as "mukim".
- 1 History
- 2 City Centre
- 3 Kulim’s suburbs
- 4 Economy
- 5 Religion
- 6 Education
- 7 Transport
- 8 Shopping
- 9 Culture
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Notable residents
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Kulim as a town was started in mid-18th century by 100 Malays from Pattani. By mid-19th century Kulim experienced a boom due to the discovery of tin ore. By 1890, there were 400 Chinese miners operating in Kulim. One of Kulim’s earliest settlements was a place called Belakang Tebok.
A few of the classical monuments still existing in Kulim includes Coronation Cinema, St. Patrick’s High School (1933), which was converted into a trade building, Sultan Badlishah High School (1948), Kulim Police Station and so on.
Meanwhile the Kulim’s independence clock was officiated by the Sultan of Kedah (15 September 1957) and serves as the unofficial landmark for the city of Kulim. The cornerstone of the clock was acquired by YPM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj (the First Prime Minister if Malaya, later Malaysia) on 14 June 1957.
The construction of the clock was completed within 3 months and upon completion, was made formalized by DYMM Tuanku Sultan Badlishah Ibni Almarhum Yang Di Pertuan Paduka Seri Sultan Abdul Hamid Shah, KOM, CMG, KBE Sultan Kedah on 15 September 1957, or 2 weeks after the declaration of independence of Malaysia (31 August 1957).
The total cost of the independence clock was paid for by the residents of Kulim (records show that RM40000 was raised) as a testament of the success of the country to gain independence from the British. The independence clock was and still is the pride of the people of Kulim. It was recently renovated to include a small fountain system.
Kulim still maintains shop houses that were around since before the Second World War. Unfortunately, many of these houses were demolished to make way for newer structures of development. The independence clock serves as the city’s landmark, and is one of the old structures that remain in place.
Kulim is home to many recently opened suburbs. One of the biggest suburbs is Taman Selasih, complete with its own commercial centre, it also called as "New town". Paya besar is the 2nd most famous suburb in kulim.
In 1996, the Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) was officially opened as the first and fully integrated high technology industrial park in Malaysia. With the development of phase two of the MSC connecting Georgetown, Bertam and KHTP, potentials of development as the science and cyber city would spur on the development of other downstream industries in Kulim.
The Park comprises a total land area of approximately 14.5 square kilometres (5.6 mi²). Many local and foreign companies, such as Intel, Fuji Electric, Infineon, Showa Denko, First Solar, Gazzo Food, Entegris, Celestica and SilTerra have moved to the site since then. It is strategically located nearby North-Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) and Bayan Lepas International Airport both located in Penang. According to the Ninth Malaysia Plan, this economic area is referred to as the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER). The Northern Corridor Economic Region is one of three development regions formed in Peninsular Malaysia, other development regions being the Iskandar Malaysia (or South Johor Economic Region) and the East Coast Development Region.
Inokom Corp. Sdn. Bhd. (Assembler of Hyundai, BMW, Mini Cooper, MAZDA etc. & light commercial vehicles)
Islam is the largest religion practiced in Kulim, as same as all over Malaysia. Most citizens of Indian and Chinese origin in Kulim are of the Hindu and Christian faiths respectively. Kulim has the largest number of Hindus and Christians in Kedah.There is also large number of Buddhists and Sikhis. Where most of the Chinese are Buddhist.
Place of Worship
- Masjid Al Huda, Kelang Lama
- Masjid Kampung Air Merah
- Masjid Kampung Darul Aman
- Masjid Keladi
- Masjid Taman Kenari
- Masjid Saidina Ali (Kem PGA Batalion 2)
- Church of the Sacred Heart Jesus-Roman Catholic
- Kulim Chinese Methodist Church-Protestant
- Kulim Wesley Methodist Church-Protestant
- St. Thomas Church- Anglican
- FGA Centre
- Grace Community Centre
- Gereja Rivers of Water
- Tamil Baptist Church
- Wat Buddha Siam
- Vihara Fayi
- Nattukkotai Nagaraththar Sri Thandayurhapani Temple
The main deity of this temple is Murugan.Meanwhile, The chief priest of the temple is Sivasri Annamalai Pandaram. The main festival in this temple is Thirukkarthigai (1 day festivities). Uthsavar procession were done during this festival in temple premise.
- Sree Maha Muthu Mariamman Temple, Kulim Hi-Tech Park
Mariamman is the main deity in this temple. This temple famously known as 'Sera kovil' among people in kulim.
- Kulim Sree Mariamman Temple
- Sikh Gurdwara Sahib
- Kulim Bahai Centre, Kilang Lama
Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Spanish Institute (UNIKL MSI)
Kulim was a pioneer in education in Kedah, having some of the earliest established schools in the state. The public school system comprises national schools, vernacular (Chinese and Tamil) schools, vocational schools, and religious schools. There are also a few international schools, such as elc International School.
- Chio Min Secondary School (觉民国民型中学）
- Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Kelang Lama (居林老火较小学)
- Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Chio Min A/B (觉民小学A/B校）
- Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Chong Cheng ???
- Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Chinese) Hwa Min (华民小学)
- Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (India) Kulim
Formerly Missionary Schools
Formal education in Kulim stretches back to the early days of British administration. Many of the public schools in Kulim has been turned into national schools. Such as:
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan St Anne's Convent Kulim
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan St. Patrick
National, Vocational, and Religious Schools
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Jelutong
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Badlishah
- Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan Chio Min
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sungai Kob
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kulim
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Selasih
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Air Merah
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Kenari
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Junjong
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Hi-Tech
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Keladi
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tunku Panglima Besar
- Sekolah Menengah Teknik Kulim
- Sekolah menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Paya Besar
- Sekolah Kebangsaan Sungai Kob
- Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Kulim
- Sekolah Kebangsaan Kulim
- Sekolah Kebangsaan Air Merah
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsan Labu Besar
- Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Kenari
- Sekolah Kebangsaan St Anne's Convent
- Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Jelutong
- Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Hi-Tech
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Lunas
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Padang Serai
Colleges and Universities
- Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Spanish Institute (UNIKL MSI)
- IPK College (ACCA, LCCI and others professional qualification)
- Polytechnic Tuanku Sultanah Bahiyah ( www.ptsb.edu.my )
- Community College Kulim
- MARA College MARA Kulim
- Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (PDRM)
- ADTEC Kulim
Butterworth–Kulim Expressway is a 17 km (11 mi) expressway that connects Penang in the west to Kulim, Kedah in the east. It is also a main route to East-West Highway via Baling, Kedah and Gerik, Perak. The construction of BKE started in December 1994 and completed in September 1996.
Kulim's cuisine is not only heavily influenced by the Baba Nyonya culture of Penang (which is just 26 km away), but also shows some influence of Thailand. The famous foods are ALAM'z PUFF Tmn. Selasih (various filling currypuff), Kelang Lama Laksa, Lunas Duck Roaster, Yam Rice, Curry Wan Tan Mee, Chicken Leg Wan Tan Mee, Curry Mee, Hokien Char, Prawn Mee(Hokian Mee), Loh Mee, Kuey Teow Teng, Duck Egg Char Kuay Teow, Glutinous Rice Cendol, Chee Cheong Fun, Ice Kacang, Chai Koay, Tom Yam, Stem Fish, Yau Char Kuai, Zhap Chai, and many more.
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Kulim Landmark Centre (Giant Hypermarket)
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- Ismail Omar, the 9th and current Inspector General of Royal Malaysian Police
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