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This suburb was first developed in 1981; before this, they were rubber plantation estates. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s it was widely known as the 'rubbish area' as it was the location of a landfill site. Garbage disposal was discontinued and the land it had occupied turned into a playground and car park area for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Sri Petaling has easy access to the Government departments in Putrajaya, which is the administrative capital of Malaysia, to Cyberjaya and to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Sepang International Circuit (venue for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix) is only twenty-five minutes away, Kuala Lumpur city centre, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Damansara and Puchong, is 15 minutes away whereas the Shah Alam is 20 minutes away by modern transport, and the royal town of Klang is 45 minutes away.
Bandar Baru Seri Petaling is a vibrant, self-contained suburban township with excellent infrastructure. The 620 acres (250 hectares) township is located just 15 km south of Kuala Lumpur and is easily accessible from major highways such as the KL-Seremban Highway, Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), New Pantai Expressway (NPE), Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR 2) and the KL-Putrajaya Highway (MEX).
Bandar Baru Seri Petaling was first launched in 1977 and up until now, it has more than 5,900 units of homes. This mature township has received overwhelming response. In 2009, its commercial three and four story office blocks with a built-up area of 5,096 sq. ft. to 14,701 sq. ft. were priced from RM1.5-3million. They are now priced between RM4-8 million (as of 2014). Residential properties benefited from such a boom as well, houses in 2009 priced between RM300k-1.6m now price between RM700k-4.8m.
The population in Sri Petaling was not high in the early 1980s as it was relatively distant from the city of Kuala Lumpur and a little isolated. The population grew in the late 1980s when two routes of access were opened to neighbouring suburbs; one to Salak Selatan, also known as Salak South, and another to Taman Gembira, or Happy Garden. Over the course of the next decade, development continued and the population grew. In 1997, the Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS) was opened, allowing people to travel to Subang Jaya in as little as 10 minutes. The opening of the Shah Alam Expressway was one of the reasons for the rapid growth in Sri Petaling. In 2007 the new Maju Expressway (MEX), a dedicated highway connecting Kuala Lumpur City Center to Putrajaya (national administration city) was opened for commute.
By 2009, Sri Petaling had its own Carrefour hypermarket located in the Endah Parade Shopping Complex, the largest shopping complex in the area. Although Carrefour declared its intention to move from Sri Petaling in 2010, the hypermarket was bought over by the Aeon Co. ltd in 2012 for RM990million. Aeon Big is currently operating their hypermarket in the Endah Parade Shopping Complex. As of 2014 Endah Parade has grown to accommodate two gyms, a large spa & beauty center, badminton courts, indoor soccer, car beauty studio, post office and a National Registration Department of Malaysia branch (Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara).
In early 2013 the first phase of new shops (zone J) were competed by I&P Group the sole developer of the area along Jalan Radin Bagus. As of March 2014, the final phase of shops surrounding The Store hypermarket has been completed.
There are many mini markets within Sri Petaling area, family operated to chain stores (chain stores mostly in zone L). Most operate 24 hours and The Aria, is a Persian mini-market located next to Endah Villa condominium.
There is a lot of F&B and Pastry outlets in Sri Petaling, notable ones are as follows (in random orders);
- Chu Cheong Fun in New Lucky Restaurant
- Kai Wor Pao in Clan Dim Sum Restaurant, the only 24 hours dim sum place in this area.
- Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee (Batu Road Chilli Pan Mee)
- Harbour Steamboat Restaurant
- Fusion Haven 无国界天地
- Kam Lun Tai Restaurant
- Restaurant Makanan Laut Soon Fatt
- Ho Ho Steamboat Restaurant
- Uncle R Charcoal BBQ Restaurant
- Al Diafah Restaurant
- Rojak & Cendol beside bus stop on Jalan Merah Silu
- Tong Kee Bread & Tarts (non halal)
Sri Petaling has its own hotel, the Hotel Sri Petaling. This is a 3-star business/tourist class hotel with 168 guestrooms. The hotel is well known among the locals to host monthly warehouse sales in their hall adjacent to their main entrance. Notable sales includes brands from Crocs, FitFlop, Levis, Adidas, Puma, Nike, Guardian pharmacy, Anakku and many more.
The nearest hospital is the IMU Healthcare (International Medical University), approximately 7 minutes from the farthest corner of the township. It is one of the few hospitals in Malaysia to offer traditional Chinese medicine along with western medicine, chiropractic and dentistry.
There is one 24-hour clinic along Jalan Radin Anum, same row of shops with Pizza Hut, and two more clinics. On the same row of shops there is a very well stocked pharmacy.
This area is the home of the Brickfields Police Headquarters (Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah brickfields), therefore it is very common to see roadblocks and speed traps. However, theft does not rest and occasionally there are break-ins. Home owners in Zone N started to cordon off their housing area with private security guards and fences in the early 2004, and this has created a ripple effect to neighboring housing zone P & L.
The three areas of Sri Petaling that were first developed for residential use were the area of Jalan Puteri Senggang near the main road, Jalan Wan Empok 1 and Jalan Wan Empok 2. In the 1980s, these districts were the main areas of population in Sri Petaling. In the 1980s, the houses sold for between RM40,000.00 and RM60,000.00. By 2010, the value of the houses had increased to RM500,000.00–RM1,000,000.00 although the area mostly consists of leasehold titles.
Large apartment buildings of the condominium type have been built; these include ones named Endah Villa, Endah Regal, Endah Puri and Endah Ria.
Sri Petaling has many kindergartens, primary schools and two secondary schools. In addition, Seri Petaling has a music school, an art centre, a dance school, a yoga centre and a language centre. Primary schools include Sekolah Sri Petaling. The two secondary schools are SMK Bandar Baru Seri Petaling and SMK Seri Saujana.
There are 6 schools in Sri Petaling:
- SMK Sri Saujana
- SK Sri Saujana
- SMK BDR Baru Seri Petaling
- SM Sri Sempurna
- SK Seri Petaling
- SK BDR Baru Petaling
Amenities and nightlife
A large mosque is located near the centre of Sri Petaling. There is also Masjid Jamek, near SMK Bandar Baru Seri Petaling, which is always packed with Muslim worshippers on Fridays and in the month of Ramadhan.
The Sri Petaling Community Centre is often used by Seri Petaling residents to play badminton, and it has a football field, basketball court and a playground for children.
For lovers of night life, there are two Night Markets on separate nights; one is located at the front of The Store hypermarket and it is open every Tuesday. The other opens every Friday and is located further along the street next to the BHP Petrol Station. There's a nightclub in the Endah Parade which is open from 10 pm to 6 am.
A new police station was built in 2009.
- "Endah Parade". Perbadanan Pengurusan Endah Parade. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Carrefour selling Malaysian ops to Aeon for RM990m". The Star Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Aeon Big Store Locator Sri Petaling". Aeon Big. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "I&P Group". I&P Group. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "The Store Outlets". The Store Corporation Berhad. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Hotel Sri Petaling". Hotel Sri Petaling.
- "IMU healthcare". IMU Healthcare.
- Sri Petaling Community Online
- Sri Petaling Community Portal
- Sri Petaling Residents Association Highway Action Committee Online[dead link]
- Sri Petaling Residents Association Website