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

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 is divided into 4 mukims:[5]


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.

Federal Parliament and State Assembly Seats[edit]

List of Kulai district representatives in the Federal Parliament (Dewan Rakyat)

Parliament Seat Name Member of Parliament Party
P163 Kulai Teo Nie Ching Pakatan Harapan (PH)

List of Kulai district representatives in the State Legislative Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri)

Parliament State Seat Name State Assemblyman Party
P163 N50 Bukit Permai Ali Mazat Salleh Barisan Nasional (BN)
P163 N51 Bukit Batu Jimmy Puah Wee Tse Pakatan Harapan (PH)
P163 N52 Senai Wong Shu Qi Pakatan Harapan (PH)



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 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.

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. Senai North Interchange (NSE)EXIT 253 is the connection to Singapore (from the east to the west).NSE is also one of the access points to the Mount Pulai nature reserve. Senai Airport, the international airport which serves Johor is within the municipality.

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 one railway station run by the Malayan Railway (KTM) in Kulai Town.


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.

Other Towns[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

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

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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