Puchong

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Puchong
Other transcription(s)
 • Chinese 蒲种 (Simplified)
蒲種 (Traditional)
Country Malaysia
State Selangor
Establishment Early 1900
Area
 • Total 51.71 km2 (19.97 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 400,000
 • Density 6,486.54/km2 (15,315.93/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)

Puchong is a major town and a parliamentary constituency in the Petaling District, Selangor, Malaysia.

History[edit]

The first settlers of the area were the Orang Asli community in a village known as Kampung Pulas. In 1900, heron(Malay: burung puchong) were aplenty in the area and were a staple for the Orang Asli.[1]

However, it is believed that the area was explored by immigrants from Sumatra and Java. At first, the people worked as fishermen, rubber tappers and miners. Due to the booming tin mining industry, immigrants from China and India were also brought in.[1]

During the communist insurgency in 1948, all residents were resettled to an area which is known as Kampung Baru Batu 14.[1]

During the 1980s, Puchong consisted of a single two-lane road running through estates and villages. Puchong development began circa 1985, when the mining licenses expired and infrastructure began to be built.[2]

Since then, urbanization has occurred rapidly with many industrial parks, commercial centres and residential areas mushrooming along Jalan Puchong. Residential areas include Taman Kinrara and Bandar Kinrara.

Governance[edit]

Puchong is under the jurisdiction of four local authorities;

The Puchong town centre (Malay: Pusat Bandar Puchong) is mostly located within MPSJ's (Subang Jaya) jurisdictional area on the Petaling District.

Commerce[edit]

Puchong has both local and foreign banks.

There is a wet market called Puteri Mart at Bandar Puteri beside the MBA Stadium and the Town Park where residents can shop for their groceries. Residents of Puchong can also do their shopping in Tesco, IOI Mall (which has a multiplex and bowling alley), Giant, Jusco, Puchong Parade and Puchong Plaza shopping malls. Bank of China (M) Bhd opened its 6th branch in Malaysia at Tower 2, PFCC, Bandar Puteri Puchong in 2012.

IOI Boulevard is one of the business centres located here with retail and office units. A similar project by SP Setia called SetiaWalk Puchong has been partially completed, and though it look quiet from outside, but when you park in the basement which is the only way to access the shops in the center of the building apart from walking, there are many shops open inside. Block E of SetiaWalk (also known as SetiaWalk Mall) has a gym (Celebrity Fitness), a TGV cinema and a multiplex which houses a Subway outlet.

Recreation[edit]

Rakan Muda Sports Complex is a sport centre which also serves the residents of Puchong with many kinds of sports including futsal and badminton.[5] Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve is the remaining green lung in Puchong, it is a popular trekking spot for many active residents to enjoy nature. There are still many mining ponds around Puchong where locals engage in water sports and fishing.

There is also the Taman Wawasan Recreational Park for residents around this area. It is complete with a jogging track, basketball courts and children's playground. This is a popular location during the weekends where residents can be seen organizing activities throughout the day.

Healthcare[edit]

Private hospitals Columbia Asia Hospital and KPMC Puchong Medical Centre are both located at Bandar Puteri Puchong.

Education[edit]

Primary schools[edit]

  • SK Puchong
  • SK Puchong Perdana
  • SK Bukit Kuchai
  • SK Puchong Utama
  • SK Puchong Utama 2
  • SK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara
  • SK Seksyen 2 Bandar Kinrara
  • SK Puchong Indah
  • SK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1
  • SK Pusat Bandar Puchong 2
  • SK Pulau Meranti
  • SK Taman Putra Perdana
  • SK Saujana Puchong

Chinese Primary School[edit]

  • SJK(C) Han Ming
  • SJK(C) Yak Chee
  • SJK(C) Sin Ming
  • SJK(C) Ladang Harcroft
  • SJK(C) Kheng Chee

Tamil Primary Schools[edit]

  • SJK(T) Puchong
  • SJK(T) Castlefield
  • SJK(T) Kinrara

International and Private Schools[edit]

Secondary schools[edit]

Higher education[edit]

  • RIMA International College (specialize in LCCI courses, Business programmes from Heriot-Watt, Bioscience, Hotel Management programme from CTH (endorsed by Gordon Ramsay))
  • Binary University College (specializes in management and entrepreneurship courses)
  • Putra Intelek International College (located in Bandar Puteri 5, Puchong, they are specialized in Risk Management, Information Technology, Business Management, Accounting and Finance and Forensic Accounting)

Transport[edit]

Expressways/Highways[edit]

The main thoroughfare through Puchong is the LDP E11 which links this town all the way to Kepong. Another route, the KESAS E5 connects Puchong to Port Klang and Sri Petaling.

For toll-free alternatives, there is highway Jkr-ft217.png (which ends near Bukit Jalil). For motorists coming from Petaling Jaya or Old Klang Road areas, there is the Jalan Puchong (Selangor state highway

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Bus[edit]

There are also bus services connecting Puchong to Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.

Bus services are provided by RapidKL buses and Metrobus which have routes along Jalan Puchong to various destinations around Klang Valley. Taman Kinrara, one of the nearest housing estates to the city, is only about 30 metres from the border between Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Light Rail Transit (LRT)[edit]

Under the LRT Extension Project (LEP), the Sri Petaling Line is now extended into Puchong constituency with the addition of eight new stations, namely:

Putra Heights station is the second interchange with the Kelana Jaya Line; the other being  SP7  AG7  KJ13  Masjid Jamek. This allows residents in Puchong and Subang Jaya to travel to Kuala Lumpur city centre, Petaling Jaya, Ampang, Wangsa Maju and even Gombak while avoiding traffic congestion.

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Coordinates: 3°00′07″N 101°37′37″E / 3.0019011°N 101.6269839°E / 3.0019011; 101.6269839