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|Motto(s): Beretika Kehidupan Berkualiti (Quality Living through Ethics)|
|1 January 1997|
| • Yang Di-Pertua
|Dato' Hasan Nawawi bin Abd Rahman|
|• Town||787.61 km2 (304.10 sq mi)|
|• Urban||235.71 km2 (91.01 sq mi)|
|• Density||685.06/km2 (1,498.78/sq mi)|
|• Metro||539,561 (12th)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Not observed (UTC)|
The current locational gravity of growth in Kajang would be Sungai Chua. The total population of Kajang has grown rapidly in the past few years, with estimated population growth of 9% per annum. The soon-to-be-realised Klang Valley MRT station in Bandar Kajang will boost the property value in Sungai Chua.
As of 2004, a few townships have been developed in Kajang, such as Taman Prima Saujana , Sungai Chua, Taman Kajang Perdana (Kajang Highlands). Lately, many high-end developments has mushroomed in Kajang such as Twin Palms, Sri Banyan, Country Heights, Jade Hills, TTDI Groove, Tropicana Heights and Prima Paramount.
The origin of the name Kajang
There are several opinions on the origin of the name of Kajang:
First opinion: Kajang believed to be originally explored by the indigenous people of the Temuan tribe since 1580. This tribe named Kajang based on a type of screw pines that is used to make roof that grows abundantly in the area.
The second opinion: In conjunction with the shape of the nailed roof. A member of Ujong River named Batin Berenggai Besi, has set up several huts on the riverside located in the current Kajang area by using a type of screw pines for building the cascading (Kajang) nailed roof. Then, he concludes this place is suitable for settlement.
Third Opinion: According to a story, the meaning of the word 'Kajang' in Mendailingese is 'housed/sheltered'. Meanwhile, in Buginese is 'battle or quarrel'. Both of these factions have once clashed in one of the hill areas facing the current railway station because of the misunderstanding of the word 'Kajang'. This incident occurred when both groups fled to the Langat River for fleeing from the civil war in Klang between 1867 and 1873. After the incident, the place was named Kajang.
Fourth opinion: In another source said Kajang was opened by Mr. Lili also known as Toh Lili who came from Riau in 1776. He is the follower of Sultan Mohamed Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Ibrahim Shah from Riau. With the Sultan's permission, he and his six friends have opened the land for paddy cultivation at Bukit Sungai Merbau and opened the Merbau River mine where now known as Kajang.
The fifth opinion: Raja Alang from the Mandailing tribe with a group of followers migrated to Malaya in the early 1800s. The group sailed into Malaya through Kuala Sungai Langat. After several days sailing, they shelter or 'berkajang' in an area now called Mandailing Road. Some of the followers of the Raja Alam have explored the area of Kampung Batu 14 now with rice cultivation. Their placement was finally inaugurated by the name of Kajang by Raja Alam.
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Kajang as a modern town owes its rise in particular to the coffee estates which were opened up around it in the 1890s. One of the famous coffee estates were Inch Kenneth Estate managed by the Kindersley brothers who were among the first to plant rubber in the country on a commercial basis. Another was Perang Besar (Great War) Estate, opened by some British ex-servicemen led by Colonel Henry Gough, who was the pioneer of bud-grafting of rubber trees in the country.
Kajang's population of 342,657 is 60.4% Malay, 19.3% Chinese, 9.7% Indians, and 10.6% other ethnic groups.
Kajang's main population centres are Taman Saujana Impian, Sg. Kantan, Sg.Jelok, Sg.Ramal, Sungai Chua, Sg. Sekamat, Bandar Mahkota, Jalan Reko, Jalan Bukit, Taman Prima Saujana, Taman Kantan Permai, Taman Kajang Perdana, Taman Sri Ramal, Taman Kajang Prima,Bandar Teknologi Kajang,Semenyih Town and Berenang.
The centre of Kajang is the bustling Old Town, where all the roads meet. Most of the colonial-era buildings were constructed around the 1920s to 1930s. The architecture of these shophouses is a combination of traditional Chinese and European designs. The ground floor was used mostly for commercial activities and the upper floor as the family living quarter.
One of Kajang's landmarks is Stadium Kajang which is situated in the heart of the town. The stadium can accommodate up to 5,000 people and is used throughout the year for the community soccer competitions.
Another landmark is the Kajang Mosque Jamek, which is easily recognisable by its bright yellow facade.
The upcoming MRT ( Mass Rapid Transport ) run across Kajang Town all the way from Sungai Buloh and Kuala Lumpur is another distinctive landmark visible for directions. KK Hotel Kajang( 65 rooms) is Situated in between the Station Kajang Town and Station Saujana Impian.
Kajang is well-served by a network of tolled expressways and federal highways.
Highway , the premier north–south federal highway of Peninsular Malaysia, runs through downtown Kajang and then southwards until Johor Bahru. A stretch of highway is concurrent with the Grand Saga Highway between Cheras Sentral and Taman Koperasi CUEPACS. The SILK Expressway starts in Seri Kembangan, which then runs through Balakong and then forms a beltway around downtown Kajang before ending near Bangi. It is hence regarded as the main ring road for Kajang. PLUS Expressway exit 210 serves the vicinity of Kajang and Bangi.
From Ampang, one can reach Kajang with state routes
Kajang KTM/MRT (code: ) is the principal rail station serving Kajang. It is an interchange station between the SBK MRT Line and the KTM network. KTM Intercity, Komuter and ETS services are available. This station is also the southern terminal of the SBK MRT line.
Food and tourism
Kajang is famous for its sate (alternate spelling satay), a form of skewered barbecued meat. Informally, Kajang is known as the (Satay Town), and is famous among tourists and locals alike. The most famous place to eat Satay is Haji Samuri as well as Restoran Malaysia. Among Hotels situated stone throw away from Stadium Kajang is the 8 storey Deluxe KK Hotels equipped with seminar and functions facility.
Government and infrastructure
Kajang has a number of new and old shopping complexes. The Billion Shopping Center in Kajang town has been around for more than 20 years (closed). It was originally located in the heart of Kajang town and now has a new and larger branch in Bandar Technologi Kajang. Other shopping centres located in Kajang are Metro Plaza Kajang, Metro Point, and Kompleks Kota Kajang. Metro Avenue is a new shopping district located opposite SMJK Yu Hua Kajang and Kajang High School.
There has been a boom of hypermarkets in Kajang in the past 5 years, marked by the emergence of Giant stores, Tesco Kajang (now rename as Tesco Extra Kajang)
Facilities and amenities
Public hospitals are free and found within and around Kajang town are Hospital Kajang, Hospital Serdang and Hospital Putrajaya. There are also private medical centres functioning 24 hours and other clinics such as Poliklinik MUC @Metro Point, Klinik Mediviron Prima Saujana, Kajang Plaza Medical Centre (KPMC) and KPJ Kajang Specialist Hospital.
The Hulu Langat District Police Headquarters are located in the town centre. Other services include the post office, government clinics, a stadium, food court and a wet market. Many federal government agencies are open their branch in Kajang including the National Registration Department, Immigration Department and Hulu Langat Education Office. Transportation Department offices have started the operation at Section 7, Bandar Baru Bangi in 2010.
- Al-Amin Sungai Tangkas
- Rafflesia International School Kajang2
- SK Jalan Bukit 1
- SK Jalan Bukit 2
- SK Jalan Semenyih 1
- SK Jalan Semenyih 2
- SK Kajang
- SK Kantan Permai
- SK Leftenan Adnan
- SK Saujana Impian
- SK Saujana Impian 2
- SK Taman Jasmin
- SK Taman Sri Jelok
- SRJK(C)Yu Hua
- SRJK(C)Yu Hua 2 (under construction)
- SRJK(C) Sungai Chua
- Tanarata International Schools
- SK KAJANG UTAMA
- SR Integrasi Tahfiz Ilmuwan Bangi
- SK SERI SEKAMAT
- SMK Tinggi Kajang (Kajang High School)
- Sekolah Menengah Convent Kajang
- SM Teknik Kajang
- SMAP Kajang
- SMJK Yu Hua Kajang
- SMK Jalan Bukit
- SMK Jalan Reko
- SMK Kajang Utama
- SMK Saujana Impian
- SMK Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SAAS)
- SMK Taman Jasmin 2
- SMKA Maahad Hamidiah
- SMK Sungai Ramal (SEMARAK)
- SM Integrasi Tahfiz Ilmuwan Bangi
- Tanarata International Schools
- Sekolah Menengah Rafflesia@Kajang 2
- Rafflesia International School@Kajang 2
Kajang is home to institutions of higher learning, which includes:
- Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Sungai Long Campus
- Universiti Tenaga Nasional
- Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur
- New Era University College
- German-Malaysian Institute
- Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia France Institute (MFI)
- Universiti Kuala Lumpur Medical Science and Technology (MESTECH)
In the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, Kajang is also one of three state seats within the Hulu Langat parliamentary district; the other two being Semenyih and Dusun Tua. The incumbent assemblyperson for Kajang is Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the president of PKR.
- Lt Adnan Bin Saidi, the hero of Battle of Singapore in Bukit Chandu during World War II
- Ning Baizura, a female singer.
- Nora Danish, actress.
- K. Reuben, D. Christie Jayaseelan and Safee Sali, are Malaysian football players.
- K. Sanbagamaran, a Former Selangor and Malaysian football player.
- Ramli Ibrahim, Malaysia’s Dance Icon for Indian Classical Dance.
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Kajang.|
- Malaysian Ice Hockey Federation (MIHF)