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Kajang Bandar Pilihan untuk Didiami
(Kajang Choice City for Living)
|1 January 1997|
| • Yang Di-Pertua|
|Dato' Haji Rosli bin Othman DPMS|
|• Town||93.4 km2 (36.1 sq mi)|
|• Urban||790.43 km2 (305.19 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,326/km2 (3,393/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||Not observed|
|Postal codes in Malaysia|
Kajang is a town in Hulu Langat District, Selangor, Malaysia. Kajang, along with much of Hulu Langat District, is governed by the Kajang Municipal Council. Kajang town is located on the eastern banks of the Langat River. It is surrounded by Cheras, Semenyih, Bangi, Putrajaya and Serdang.
According to the 2020 census, the local authority area (which includes Kajang) has a population of 1.05 million people.
The name Kajang is believed to have originated from the language of Temuan tribes (Orang Asli) who populated the Langat valley in the 17th-18th centuries. In their language kajang referred to their art of weaving screwpine or pandanus leaves, which were prevalent in much of the country. A similar theory stated that settlers from the neighboring domain of Sungai Ujong (Negeri Sembilan) once constructed huts (pondok) in the area with thatched roof made from folded (lipat kajang) screwpine leaves.
Geography and development
Kajang is about half an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur's central business district, primarily through Jalan Cheras and the Grand Saga Expressway; both routes are part of the Malaysia Federal Route 1 system.
In recent years, a few townships were developed in Kajang, such as Taman Prima Saujana, Sungai Chua and Taman Kajang Perdana (Kajang Highlands). High-end developments in Kajang include Twin Palms, Sri Banyan, Country Heights, Jade Hills, TTDI Grove, Tropicana Heights and Prima Paramount. Areas surrounding these townships are accessible via the SILK Expressway.
Orang Asli tribes had already established settlements in what is now Kajang as early as the 16th century, however the first recorded settlement was found in 1709 by additional Orang Asli settlers who relocated from the Klang valley. Kajang town in its present form was founded in the 1870s, in the aftermath of the Klang War. In its early days, it was settled by Mandailings and Minangkabau people from Sumatra in the then-Dutch East Indies, followed by Chinese tin miners.
As with other towns in Selangor, Kajang as a modern town owes its rise in particular to tin mines and plantations which were opened around 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.
During the Japanese invasion, Kajang was bombed on 12 January 1942, a day after the fall of Kuala Lumpur. The bombs, meant for the railway station, missed its target, and hit a nearby church instead.
Kajang was granted municipal status on 1 January 1997. Previously it was under the jurisdiction of the Hulu Langat District Council (Majlis Daerah Hulu Langat, MDHL). Kajang was the administrative centre of the Hulu Langat region until it was relocated to Bandar Baru Bangi in 1992.
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 Sg. Sekamat, Taman Saujana Impian, Sg. Kantan, Sg. Jelok, Sg. Ramal, Sungai Chua, Jalan Reko, Jalan Bukit, Taman Jenaris, Taman Prima Saujana, Taman Kantan Permai, Taman Kajang Perdana, Taman Sri Ramal, Taman Bukit Mewah, Kajang Prima, Bandar Teknologi Kajang, Hillpark and Bandar Baru Bangi.
The city centre of Kajang is the colonial quarter near the Stadium Kajang MRT station, including the streets of Jalan Mendaling, Jalan Stadium, Jalan Sulaiman and Jalan Raja Haroun. The buildings in the area were constructed around the 1900s 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 quarters.
One of Kajang's landmarks is Kajang Stadium 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 Jamek Mosque, which is recognisable by its bright yellow facade.
Kajang is served by a network of tolled expressways and federal highways.
Highway 1, the premier north–south federal highway of Peninsular Malaysia, runs through downtown Kajang and then southwards until Johor Bahru. On Highway 1, Kajang is 22 km from Kuala Lumpur and 43 km from Seremban.
A stretch of highway 1 is concurrent with the Cheras-Kajang toll road (aka the Grand Saga Expressway) between Taman Connaught and Bukit Dukung. The SILK Expressway starts in Serdang, which then runs through Balakong and then forms a beltway around downtown Kajang before ending near Bandar Baru Bangi. It is the main ring road for Kajang.
PLUS Expressway exit 210 serves the vicinity of Kajang and Bangi.
Kajang railway station is the principal rail station of Kajang. It is an interchange station between the MRT Kajang Line, KTM Seremban Line and KTM ETS. The station is the southern terminal of the MRT line.
Food and tourism
Government and infrastructure
Kajang has multiple shopping complexes. The Billion Shopping Center formerly in Kajang town and now it is relocated to Bandar Teknologi Kajang. Other shopping centres located 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.
Facilities and amenities
Private medical centres function 24 hours and include facilities 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, across the Highway 1 junction from the Post Office. Federal government agencies with their branch in Kajang include the National Registration Department, Immigration Department, Transportation Department, and Hulu Langat Education Office.
- Al-Amin Sungai Tangkas
- Rafflesia International School Kajang 2
- SK Bandar Seri Putra
- SK Jalan Bukit 1
- SK Jalan Bukit 2
- SK Jalan Semenyih 1
- SK Jalan Semenyih 2
- SK Kajang
- SK Kajang Utama
- SK Kantan Permai
- SK Leftenan Adnan
- SK Saujana Impian
- SK Saujana Impian 2
- SK Seri Sekamat
- SK Taman Jasmin
- SK Taman Sri Jelok
- SRJK(C) Yu Hua
- SRJK(C) Yu Hua 2 (under construction)
- SRJK(C) Sungai Chua
- SRJK(T) Kajang
- Tanarata International Schools
- SK Convent Kajang
- SK Taman Rakan
- Rafflesia International School@Kajang 2
- SMK Convent Kajang
- SM Integrasi Tahfiz Ilmuwan Bangi
- SM Rafflesia@Kajang 2
- 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 Sungai Ramal (SEMARAK)
- SMK Taman Jasmin 2
- SMK Tinggi Kajang (Kajang High School)
- SMKA Maahad Hamidiah
- Tanarata International Schools
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 one of three state seats within the Bangi parliamentary district; the other two are Balakong and Sungai Ramal. The incumbent Assemblyperson for Kajang is Hee Loy Sian from PH-PKR.
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