Kulaijaya District

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District of Malaysia
Flag of Kulaijaya古来再也
Country  Malaysia
State Flag of Johor.svg Johor Darul Ta'zim
Seat Kulai
 • District officer Kamarudin Abdullah
 • Total 753.45 km2 (290.91 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 246,721
 • Density 330/km2 (850/sq mi)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the national university within Kulaijaya territory.

Kulaijaya District is a district in the state of Johor in peninsular Malaysia around the town of Kulai. It covers Kulai Town, Ayer Bemban, Bukit Batu, Kangkar Pulai, Kelapa Sawit, Saleng, Sedenak, Seelong, Senai, and Sengkang.


Kulaijaya district and the capital Kulai

Kulaijaya District is administered by Kulaijaya District Office. 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]

The local authorities of Kulai is Majlis Perbandaran Kulai (Kulai Municipal Council) and Majlis Perbandaran Johor Bahru Tengah (Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council,the part of southern Kulaijaya, etc.: Kangkar Pulai). Kulai Town also the administry centre of Kulaijaya District and Kulai Municipal Council.

The Parliamentary Seat Area of P163 KULAI is the biggest Chinese population (69%) area in Johor.


Kulai, the town is 29 km from Johor Bahru city and 8 km from Skudai. It is located in the center of district. Kulai town and others town 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 both Kulai and Senai. There are some public listed companies have their offices and factories in Kulaijaya, such as Yi-Lai Industry Berhad, JCY International and SCGM Berhad.

Kulaijaya is also within the Iskandar Malaysia development district.


The Chinese (59.1%) are concentrated in Kulai and Senai Town while the Malay population (30.8%) mostly on the FELDA's settlements and on some traditional Malay villages along the old trunk road. The Indians (9.8%) are mostly working in rubber estates, factories or run their businesses.[3]

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.


Internal network[edit]

Skudai Highway or Federal route 1 1 is the most important inner link in Kulaijaya District, with many access along the road such as Senai Airport Highway16, Skudai–Pontian Highway, Jalan Skudai, Jalan Kulai-Kota Tinggi 94, Diamond Interchange (access to Bandar Putra, Indahpura and proposed new NSE Exit), proposed Kulai 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]

Kulaijaya was an important stopover on the Johor Bahru-Kuala Lumpur trunk road in the 1970s and 1980s until the North–South Expressway (NSE) opened in 1994, which bypassed the town. The trunk road is now identified as Road One. The Second Link ExpresswayE3 is also a new access to connect to Nusajaya, Singapore (Tuas). And the Senai–Desaru Expressway (SDE)is now completed to connect Senai and Desaru more quickly. The district also has 3 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).


Sultan Ismail International Airport

Sultan Ismail International Airport, also known as Senai International Airport is located in Senai, a strategic location within Kulaijaya District, with a structured highway and a proposed railway network, which will eventually stretch to China as well as providing easy access to the modern port facilities of the Tanjung Pelepas Port, Johor Port and Singapore.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Gunung Pulai (Mount Pulai) Recreational Forest
  • Saleng Zoo (closed down in 2011)
  • Hutan Bandar Putra Kulai (Putra Recreation Forest)
  • Palm Villa Golf & Country Resort
  • Orchid Golf & Country Resort
  • Nanyan Aquarium Centre, Ayer Bemban
  • IOI Mall Shopping Complex
  • Johor Premier Outlets
  • Hua Guo Shan Temple, Sedenak

Towns Townships and Villages in district[edit]

Hutan Bandar Putra, a new recreation park in Kulai.




FELDA Settlements[edit]


External links[edit]

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