Puchong

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Puchong
蒲种
பூச்சோங்
Country Malaysia
State Selangor
Establishment Early 1900
Area
 • Total 51.71 km2 (19.97 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 335,419
 • Density 6,486.54/km2 (15,315.93/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
Website http://www.mpsj.gov.my

Puchong is a major town in the Petaling district of Selangor, Malaysia. Puchong is situated midway between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's political capital, and Putrajaya, the administrative capital.

History[edit]

The town used to be a rubber estate and tin-mining town in the 1960s. During the 1980s, Puchong consisted of a single two-lane road running through estates and villages. Since then, urbanization has occurred rapidly with many industrial parks, commercial centres and residential areas mushrooming along Jalan Puchong.

Background and Progress[edit]

Puchong is already serving as a residential town for three major cities, Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya. New townships, such as Bandar Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Puchong Hartamas, Puchong Utama, Puchong Prima, Bandar Bukit Puchong, Saujana Puchong and Bandar Puteri Puchong, are sprouting from the once-abandoned lands, former plantations and cleared-forest areas, contributing to the population boom witnessed in recent years in Puchong. At an estimate, Puchong has a population of about 335,419 (the largest township is Puchong Jaya with a population of about 39,473).

Governance[edit]

Puchong is under the jurisdiction of two local authorities, that is the Subang Jaya Municipal Council and the Sepang Municipal Council.

Puchong townships under Subang Jaya Municipal Council[edit]

Puchong townships under Sepang Municipal Council[edit]

  • Bandar NusaPutra
  • Bandar Bukit Puchong 2
  • Desa Ayer Hitam
  • Desaria Villa
  • KiPark Puchong
  • Taman Amanputra
  • Taman Danau Putra
  • Taman Mas Puchong
  • Taman Meranti Jaya
  • Taman Meranti Indah
  • Taman Meranti Permai
  • Taman Prima Tropika
  • Taman Putra Impiana
  • Taman Putra Perdana
  • Taman Putra Prima
  • Taman Tasik Puchong
  • Bandar 16 Sierra

Commerce[edit]

Puchong has both local and foreign banks.

There is a wet market called Puteri Mart at Bandar Puteri beside the MBA Stadium and the Town Park where residents can shop for their groceries. Residents of Puchong can also do their shopping in Tesco, IOI Mall (which has a multiplex and bowling alley), Giant, Jusco, Puchong Parade and Puchong Plaza shopping malls. Bank of China (M) Bhd opened its 6th branch in Malaysia at Tower 2, PFCC, Bandar Puteri Puchong in 2012. There is a new business centre, namely IOI Boulevard which has just been established with retail and office units. A similar project by SP Setia called SetiaWalk Puchong has been partially completed, and though it look quiet from outside, but when you park in the basement which is the only way to access the shops in the center of the building apart from walking, there are many shops open inside. Block C of the building has not been completed yet. Block E of SetiaWalk (also known as SetiaWalk Mall) has a gym (Celebrity Fitness) and a multiplex which houses a Subway outlet.[1]

Recreation[edit]

Michael's Badminton Academy, a privately owned 32-badminton court located in Bandar Puteri Puchong, is Malaysia's biggest badminton stadium. This stadium is owned by Michael, an old but still energetic man. Find more:http://www.mba101badminton.com/[citation needed] Rakan Muda Sports Complex is a sport centre which also serves the residents of Puchong with many kinds of sports including futsal and badminton. Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve is the remaining green lung in Puchong, it is a popular trekking spot for many active residents to enjoy nature. There are still many mining ponds around Puchong where locals engage in water sports and fishing.

Healthcare[edit]

There is a private hospital, Columbia Asia Hospital - Puchong, which is located at Bandar Puteri Puchong. This 78-bed hospital offers acute care multi-disciplinary services to residents of Puchong. The well-known KPMC Puchong Medical Centre also located at the heart of Bandar Puteri Puchong.

Education[edit]

Government schools There are many schools in Puchong. The secondary schools include SMK Bandar Puchong Jaya A, SMK Bandar Puchong Jaya B, SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1, SMK Puchong Utama 1, SMK Puchong Batu 14, SMK Batu 8, SMK Puchong Perdana,SMK Puchong Permai, SMK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara, SMK Seksyen 3 Bandar Kinrara and SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara, while primary national school include SK Puchong, SK Puchong Jaya, SK Puchong Jaya 2, SK Puchong Jaya 3, SK Puchong Perdana, SK Bukit Kuchai, SK Puchong Utama, SK Puchong Utama 2, SK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara, SK Seksyen 2 Bandar Kinrara, SK Puchong Indah, SK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1, SK Pusat Bandar Puchong 2, SK Pulau Meranti and SK Taman Putra Perdana, and primary Chinese schools include SJK(C) Han Ming, SJK(C) Yak Chee, SJK(C) Sin Ming, SJK(C) Ladang Harcroft, and SJK(T) Puchong.

Private and International schools Rafflesia International School and Sekolah Rendah Rafflesia are located in 16 Sierra Puchong, while the upcoming Taylor's International School is located in Bandar Bukit Puchong. The nearest non-British International School is Sunway International School (sis.sunway.edu.my), a Canadian syllubas School in Bandar Sunway. There are several International Schools, Sri KL and Fairview International School (fairview.edu.my) in Subang Jaya but they are a further option.

Private colleges

  • RIMA International College is located in Bandar Puteri, Puchong, where they are specialize in LCCI courses, Business programmes from Heriot-Watt, Bioscience, Hotel Management programme from CTH (endorsed by Gordon Ramsay).
  • Binary University College specializes in management and entrepreneurship courses.
  • Putra Intelek International College is located in Bandar Puteri 5, Puchong, they are specialized in Risk Management, Information Technology, Business Management, Accounting and Finance and Forensic Accounting.

Transport[edit]

Puchong is well-linked to other parts of Klang Valley via the Damansara-Puchong Expressway(LDP) and Puchong-Sungai Besi Highway. Puchong is also accessible via Federal Highway (exit at Motorola); Shah Alam Expressway and New Pantai Expressway (NPE). There are also bus services connecting Puchong to Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.

Bus services are provided by RapidKL buses and Metrobus which have routes along Jalan Puchong to various destinations around Klang Valley. Taman Kinrara, one of the nearest housing estates to the city, is only about 30 metres from the border between Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Puchong is currently not served by the RapidKL Light Rail Transit service. However, the Ampang Line is scheduled to be extended to Puchong by 2015. Train stations will be constructed near IOI Mall, Tesco, the Rakan Muda headquarters and the DHL/Tractor Malaysia building before diverting to Putra Heights (main hub) via Puchong Perdana. It is anticipated that residents will benefit from the extension because it will ease traffic congestion and make commuting without using private transport easier.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fok, Khai Yin. "SetiaWalk". Retrieved 18 September 2013. 

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