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Malay transcription(s)
 • RumiKulai
 • Jawiکولاي
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Traditional古來
 • Simplified古来
 • MandarinGǔlái (Pinyin)
Building mpku.jpg
Kulaijaya, The Turtle Town
Cemerlang, Sejahtera sangat (English: Excellence, Peaceful)
Kulai is located in Malaysia
Coordinates: 1°40′00″N 103°36′00″E / 1.66667°N 103.60000°E / 1.66667; 103.60000Coordinates: 1°40′00″N 103°36′00″E / 1.66667°N 103.60000°E / 1.66667; 103.60000
Local AuthoritiesMajlis Perbandaran Kulai (MPKu, Kulai Municipal Council)
Sub-urban status2004
 • Yang diPertua MajlisHaji Abdul Rahman Salleh
 • Public Relations CoordinatorMH Ridhauddin
 (within MPKu Control Area)
 • Total230,000
 • Rank29th
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)Not observed
Kulai Municipal Council

Kulai is a town and the capital of Kulai District, Johor, Malaysia. It is administered by the Kulai Municipal Council (MPKu), which was earlier known as the Kulai District Council.


Kulai is located 29 km from Johor Bahru city and 8 km from Skudai. It is located in the center of district. Kulai town and other towns within this district are located along the old trunk road linking Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. The main road, Federal Route 1, is lined with many retail shops. There are also many housing estates within the township. The town is surrounded by rubber and oil palm estates.


The Chinese are concentrated in Kulai and Senai Town while the Malay are mostly in the Felda Scheme settlements. The Indians are mostly working in factories or running businesses.


The locals are mostly involved in the agriculture sector, particularly in the oil palm and rubber estates surrounding the town. Many of the people work in small retail shops, which are located along the trunk road. Kulai has the first settlement of FELDA's (Federal Land Development Agency) oil palm plantation in the country - FELDA Taib Andak, which was launched by the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak. Kulai is still one of the main producers of palm oil in the country due to its numerous oil palm plantations. Kulai also exports fresh vegetables to Singapore on a daily basis.

The economy of Kulai has improved with numerous factories being set up in both Kulai and Senai. There are some public listed companies which have their offices and factories in Kulai, such as Yi-Lai Industry Berhad located in Batu 23 (Jalan Kulai-Air Hitam) ; SCGM Berhad which located in Batu 24 1/2 (Jalan Kulai-Air Hitam) and JCY International Berhad which located in Kelapa Sawit

Kulai is also within the Iskandar Development Region (IDR).

Shopping Centres[edit]

  • Kulai Centrepoint (Super Cowboy)
  • IOI Mall Shopping Complex (Giant)
  • Mydin Mall Kulai Utama
  • Aeon Mall Kulaijaya
  • Tesco Hypermarket
  • Econsave Putri Kulai
  • TJ Mart Saleng


Foon Yew High School Kulai Campus

Foon Yew High School campus of Kulai located in this district to supply Chinese high school education for the community.


The Chinese community in Kulai mainly speak Hakka Chinese dialects. There are a few Chinese temples and churches serving the needs of the Chinese community.

Chinese Taoist temples include the "Thousand Fairies" Temple along the old trunk road, the "Seven Sisters" temple and other smaller temples.

Churches in Kulai include the Presbyterian Church(SYNOD), Christ the King Catholic Church, Baptist Church, Methodist Church and churches of other denominations.

The Masjid Jamek is located within Kulai town and serve the needs of the Muslim townfolks.


Kulai Bus Terminal

Kulai was an important stopover on the Johor Bahru–Kuala Lumpur trunk road in the 1970s and 1980s until the North–South Expressway opened in 1994, which bypassed the town. The trunk road is now identified as Road One. Senai Airport, the international airport which serves Johor is within the municipality. Kulai railway station located nearby the trunk road and served by KTM Intercity Gemas-JB Sentral shuttle train.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Mawi - the winner of the 2005 Akademi Fantasia singing competition and now becomes among the most popular Malaysian singer, from FELDA Taib Andak.
  • Penny Tai - popular female singer and the winner of Best Composer (爱疯了) at Taiwanese Golden Melody Awards 2006 (金曲奖).