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For the federal constituency represented in the Dewan Rakyat, see Putrajaya (federal constituency).
Prang Besar / Air Hitam
Federal Territory
Federal Territory of Putrajaya
Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
ولايه ڤرسكوتوان ڤوترا جاي‎
Other transcription(s)
 • Malay Putrajaya
 • Jawi ڤوتراجاي‎
 • Chinese 布城
 • Tamil புத்ராஜெயா
Putrajaya, Malaysia.jpg
Flag of Putrajaya
Official seal of Putrajaya
Motto: Bandar raya Taman, Bandar raya Bestari
(Garden City, Intelligent City)
   Putrajaya in    Malaysia
   Putrajaya in    Malaysia
Coordinates: 2°56′35″N 101°41′58″E / 2.9430952°N 101.699373°E / 2.9430952; 101.699373Coordinates: 2°56′35″N 101°41′58″E / 2.9430952°N 101.699373°E / 2.9430952; 101.699373
Country  Malaysia
Establishment 19 October 1995
Granted Federal Territory 1 February 2001
 • Administered by Putrajaya Corporation
 • Chairman Aseh Che Mat
 • Total 49 km2 (19 sq mi)
Population (2015)[2]
 • Total 88,300
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Postcode 62xxx
Calling code +603-88
ISO 3166 code MY-16
Mean solar time UTC+06:46:40
Vehicle registration F
Website www.ppj.gov.my

Putrajaya (/pʊtrɑːdʒɑːjə/), officially the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, is a planned city and the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, because of overcrowding and congestion in the former. Kuala Lumpur remains Malaysia's national capital, and is the seat of the King and the Parliament, and is the country's commercial and financial centre. Putrajaya was the idea of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. It became Malaysia's third Federal Territory, after Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, in 2001.

Named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the territory is entirely enclaved within the Sepang District of the state of Selangor. Putrajaya is also a part of MSC Malaysia, a special economic zone that covers Klang Valley. In Sanskrit, "putra" means "prince" or "male child", and "jaya" means "success" or "victory". The development of Putrajaya started in the early 1990s; today, major landmarks have been completed and the population is expected to grow in the near future.

History and design[edit]

Putrajaya precincts

Putrajaya used to be Prang Besar ('ڤراڠ بسر), and was founded in 1918 as Air Hitam by the British. Its land area of 800 acres (3.2 km2) d expanded to 8,000 acres (32 km2), and it was merged with surrounding estates, including Estet Raja Alang, Estet Galloway and Estet Bukit Prang.

The vision of a new Federal Government Administrative Centre to replace Kuala Lumpur as the administrative capital emerged in the late 1980s, during the tenure of Malaysia's fourth prime minister, Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad. The new city was proposed to be located between Kuala Lumpur and the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Two areas were proposed: Prang Besar and Janda Baik of Pahang.[3]

The Federal government negotiated with the state of Selangor on the prospect of another Federal Territory. In the mid-1990s the Federal government paid a substantial amount of money to Selangor for approximately 11,320 acres (45.8 km2) of land in Prang Besar, Selangor. As a result of this land purchase, the state of Selangor now completely surrounds two Federal territories within its borders, namely Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Planned as a garden city and intelligent city, 38% of the area is reserved for green spaces in which the natural landscape is enhanced. The plan incorporated a network of open spaces and wide boulevards. Construction began in August 1995; it was Malaysia's biggest project and one of Southeast Asia's largest, with an estimated final cost of US$8.1 billion. The entire project was designed and constructed by Malaysian companies with only 10% of the materials imported.

The Asian Financial Crisis of 1997/1998 somewhat slowed the development of Putrajaya. 300 members of the Prime Minister's office staff moved there in 1999, and the remaining government servants moved in 2005. On 1 February 2001 Tun Dr. Mahathir declared Putrajaya as a Federal Territory in a ceremony by which Putrajaya township was handed over from the Selangor state authorities.

In 2002 a rail link called KLIA Transit was opened, linking Putrajaya to KLIA in Sepang. However, construction of the Putrajaya Monorail, which was intended to be the city's metro system, was suspended owing to high costs. One of the monorail suspension bridges in Putrajaya remains unused.

In April 2013 the Putrajaya government signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the government of Sejong City in South Korea to mark co-operation between the two cities.[4]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

As of 2012 almost all of Malaysia's governmental ministries had relocated to Putrajaya. The only ministries remaining in Kuala Lumpur were the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Works.[5] Alamanda Shopping Centre, located near the governmental ministries in Precinct 1, was opened to serve people who work, play and live in Putrajaya.



In 2007 the population of Putrajaya was estimated to be over 30,000, which comprised mainly government servants. Government servants have been encouraged to relocate to the city through a variety of government subsidy and loan programs. The population had increased to 88,300 by 2015.[2]


Religion in Putrajaya - 2010 [6]
Religion Percent
Other religion

As of 2010, the population of Putrajaya is 97.4% Muslim, 0.9% Christian, 0.4% Buddhist, 1.0% Hindu, 0.2 % unknwown and 0.1% other religion.

Public buildings and monuments[edit]

Perdana Putra, the Prime Minister's office

Open space[edit]


Kindergarten and Pre-School

Primary & Secondary Education in Putrajaya is provided by a few schools such as:

There are also two elite fully residential schools in Putrajaya:

Perdana University has established an interim campus in Putrajaya which hosts the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (PUGSOM) and the Perdana University-Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (PU-RCSI) medical schools:

Other universities:


Putrajaya is home to the world's largest roundabout, the Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah with a perimeter of 3.5 km. (2.7 miles)

By car[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Putrajaya is surrounded by federal highways 29 on the western side and 30 on the eastern side. The South Klang Valley Expressway E26, connecting Pulau Indah to Kajang, runs through the northern end of Putrajaya. ELITE E6 exit 607 serves Putrajaya and also nearby Cyberjaya. Highway 29 interchanges with Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) E11 in the northwestern corner of Putrajaya, linking the city with Puchong, Subang Jaya, Kelana Jaya and all the way to Kepong.

Within Putrajaya, the following roads serve as the main thoroughfares of the city.

List of bridges[edit]

Seri Wawasan Bridge

Public transport[edit]


In the future Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya MRT Line


Being a new planned city, Putrajaya is not served by state railway company KTMB. The nearest KTM stations will be in Serdang, Kajang, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia or Bangi. RapidKL buses link Putrajaya to the Serdang KTM station.

The only rail line serving Putrajaya is the KLIA Express/ERL, with a station serving both Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.


RapidKL buses are available in Putrajaya. The Putrajaya Corporation also provides its own stage bus services through its subsidiary Nadi Putra using natural gas-powered buses.


Putrajaya is represented in the Dewan Rakyat of the Malaysian Parliament by Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor of UMNO, part of the Barisan Nasional ruling coalition. Tengku Adnan is also the Minister of Federal Territories.[9]

Being a Federal Territory, Putrajaya does not have a state assembly, and the constituency is not divided into any state seats.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Putrajaya is twinned with these cities:

Image gallery[edit]

Panoramic image of Putrajaya, (from left to right) the Putra Bridge, the Ministry of Finance on the left, the Seri Wawasan Bridge, the Istana Darul Ehsan next to it
Panorama of Putrajaya from Cyberjaya Lake Gardens in February 2011.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Laporan Kiraan Permulaan 2010". Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. p. 27. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Population by States and Ethnic Group". Department of Information, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia. 2015. Archived from the original on 12 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ (Malay)Abdullah, Hasfiza (February 2012). DARI PRANG BESAR KE PUTRAJAYA. Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Closer ties between Putrajaya and Sejong, Korea." (Archived from the original) The Star (Malaysia). Saturday 6 April 2013. Updated on Friday 26 April 2013. Retrieved on 1 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Malaysian envoy acclaims Sejong City." (Archive) The Korea Times. 23 September 2012.
  6. ^ "2010 Population and Housing Census of Malaysia" (PDF) (in Malay and English). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Putrajaya Botanical Garden (Taman Botani)". Tourism Malaysia. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.hw.ac.uk/malaysia.htm
  9. ^ "Ahli Parlimen". Portal Rasmi Parlimen Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Yeen, Oh Ing. "Closer ties between Putrajaya and Sejong, Korea - Community | The Star Online". Retrieved 2017-02-13. 

Further reading[edit]

  • King, Ross: Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya: Negotiating Urban Space in Malaysia, Nias Press, 2008

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