Greater Kuala Lumpur

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Greater Kuala Lumpur
Metropolitan Area
A satellite view of Greater Kuala Lumpur
A satellite view of Greater Kuala Lumpur
Country Malaysia
 • Total2,793.27 km2 (1,078.49 sq mi)
 • Total7,200,000
 • Density6,581/km2 (17,040/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
Area code(s)03

1 Greater Kuala Lumpur is the geographical term that determines the boundaries of Metropolitan Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Though similar to the term "Klang Valley", there remains a variation between the two.

It is similar to Greater London and Greater Toronto. It covers an area of 2,793.27 square km.[2]


A view from Kuala Lumpur Tower

Before 1974, when Kuala Lumpur was still part of Selangor, there was once a greater Kuala Lumpur district covering what is today the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Ampang, Batu Caves, Gombak, Ulu Klang, Petaling Jaya, Puchong and Sungai Buloh.[3]


It is defined as an area covered by 10 cities or municipalities surrounding Kuala Lumpur,

each governed by local authorities

1.Kuala Lumpur City (Kuala Lumpur City Hall)

2. Petaling Jaya City (Petaling Jaya City Council)

3. Shah Alam City (Shah Alam City Council)

4. Putrajaya (Putrajaya Corporation)

5. Klang District (Klang Municipal Council)

6.Kajang Municipal Council (Kajang Municipal Council )

7.Subang Jaya (Subang Jaya Municipal Council)

8. Selayang (MPS)

Asia Jaya in Petaling Jaya City (Time lapse skyline)

9. Ampang (MPAJ)

10.Sepang (MPSp)

Consisting of Cyberjaya /Salak Tinggi/ Kuala Lumpur International Airport[4]


Formal Prime Minister of Malaysia

Greater KL is a relatively new term as compared to the more prevalent and established Klang Valley term. The term Greater Kuala Lumpur was espoused by formal Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as an urban agglomeration to spur the country's economic growth by the billions in the Economic Transformation Programme announced in 2010.


In 2010, the Greater Kuala Lumpur population was estimated at close to seven million and it contributed about RM263 billion to the nation's Gross National Income (GNI). Kuala Lumpur ranks 79th out of 140 cities in the Economist Intelligence Unit's survey on liveability.


  1. ^ "KL on track to megacity status". Focus Malaysia. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  2. ^ "The Straits Times Singapore".
  3. ^ "Peta Selangor". Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  4. ^ "The Malaysia Digest". Archived from the original on 2011-03-09.