Kulai District

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Kulai District
District of Malaysia
Malay transcription(s)
 • Rumi Daerah Kulai
 • Jawi دايره كولاي‎
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Traditional 古來縣
 • Simplified 古来县
 • Mandarin Gǔláixiàn (Pinyin)
Flag of Kulai District
Country  Malaysia
State Flag of Johor.svg Johor Darul Ta'zim
Seat Kulai Town
 • District officer Kamarudin Abdullah
 • Total 753.45 km2 (290.91 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 246,721
 • Density 330/km2 (850/sq mi)
Area code(s) 7

The Kulai District is a district in the state of Johor, Malaysia. It covers Kulai Town, Ayer Bemban, Bandar Putra Kulai, Bukit Batu, Indahpura, Kangkar Pulai, Kelapa Sawit, Saleng, Sedenak, Seelong, Senai and Sengkang and Taman Putri.


Kulai sub-district was upgraded to a full-fledged district on 1 January 2008 and renamed as Kulaijaya District.[1] The district is recognised as the state's 9th district.[2]

On 28 August 2015, Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail ibni Sultan Iskandar ordered the state government to change Kulaijaya's name back to its original Kulai name.[3][4]


Kulai District and the capital Kulai Town

Kulai District is administered by Kulai District Office.

The local authorities of Kulai are Kulai Municipal Council and Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council, the part of southern Kulai, etc.: Kangkar Pulai. Kulai Town also the administry centre of Kulai District and Kulai Municipal Council.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Kulai District Office

Kulai District is divided into 4 mukims:[5]


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.


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

The economy of Kulai has improved with numerous factories being set up in Kulai and Senai. There are some public listed companies have their offices and factories in Kulai, such as Yi-Lai Industry Berhad and SCGM Berhad.

Kulai is also within the Iskandar Malaysia development district.


The Chinese (65.4%) are concentrated in Kulai and Senai Town while the Malay population (26.5%) mostly on FELDA settlements and on some traditional Malay villages along the old trunk road. The Indians (7.8%) are mostly working in rubber estates, factories or run their businesses.[6]

The Chinese community in Kulai are mainly of the Hakka dialect group.

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.

Infrastructure in Kulai[edit]

Internal network[edit]

Skudai Highway or Federal route 1 is the most important inner link in Kulai District, with many access along the road such as Senai Airport Highway 16, Skudai–Pontian Highway 5, Jalan Kulai-Kota Tinggi 94, Diamond Interchange (access to Bandar Putra, Indahpura and proposed new NSE exit), proposed Kulaijaya Inner Ring Road. The government proposed to open a new road, Kulai-Senai Bypass, to resolve the traffic jam problem of the Skudai Highway.

Intercity network[edit]

Kulai was an important stopover on the Johor Bahru-Kuala Lumpur trunk road in the 1970s and 1980s until the North–South Expressway (NSE) E2 opened in 1994, which bypassed the town. The Second Link Expressway E3 is also a new access to connect to Iskandar Puteri, Singapore (Tuas). The Senai–Desaru Expressway (SDE) E22 connects Senai and Desaru more quickly.

The district also has three railway stations run by the Malayan Railway (KTM) in Kulai Town, Senai and Sedenak. NSE is also one of the access points to the Gunung Pulai nature reserve. Senai Airport, the international airport which serves Johor is within the municipality.

International network[edit]

Senai North Interchange (NSE)EXIT 253 is the connection to Singapore (from the east to the west).


Senai International Airport

Senai International Airport is located in Senai, with a structured highway and a proposed railway network, which will eventually stretch to China and provide easy access to the modern port facilities of the Tanjung Pelepas Port and Johor Port.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Mount Pulai
  • Hutan Bandar Putra Kulai (Putra Recreation Forest)
  • Nanyan Aquarium Centre, Ayer Bemban
  • Hua Guo Shan Temple, Sedenak

Shopping and dupermarket[edit]

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


Hutan Bandar Putra

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 1°40′N 103°36′E / 1.667°N 103.600°E / 1.667; 103.600