AKHBAR / NEWSPAPER:NEW STRAITS TIMESSEKSYEN / SECTION: NEWS
TARIKH / DATE:20-Jun-2006HARI / DAY: SELASA (TUE)
ISU / ISSUE:KERAJAAN TEMPATANMUKA SURAT / PAGE: 05
TAJUK / TITLE: Only the best for residents


Teks Keratan
DEVELOPMENT in PJ over the years has been extensive. To provide the best for the residents, MPPJ has developed the township is several areas such as housing and trade and industry.

Land use
Petaling Jaya sits over 97.2 square kilometres. This land has been optimised by MPPJ to stimulate the development of PJ as a centre for investment, industrialisation and as an educational destination.

There are more than 1,000 industries in operation in PJ, using 20 per cent of the land area in the township.

Land usage in PJ is divided into four categories: freehold for housing, leasehold for housing and amenities, temporary occupation licence land for agriculture and car parks and state-owned land.

Administrative centre
Petaling Jaya is an administrative centre and a commercial centre. The MPPJ Tower and MPPJ headquarters are located in the hub of PJ, which is the Old Town area.

Housing
When Petaling Jaya was opened in 1952, the State Government built 1,000 units of houses for residents in the area.

In the next five years, the number rose to 3,200, reflecting the increase in population as well as the popularity of the new township. Besides the houses, 100 shoplots and 28 factories were built.

PJ continued to grow in leaps and bounds, and by 1964 the population stood at 35,000. Stepping into the 21st century, PJ has 500,000 resi­dents and this growth boom has also encouraged growth in the surrounding areas of Damansara such as Bandar Utama, Bandar Sri Damansara, Damansara Perdana, Kota Damansara, Damansara Impian, Sunway Damansara, Mutiara Damansara and Saujana Damansara.

Demand for housing in PJ has always been high. In keeping with MPPJ's vision statement of "A Smart City for All", housing developers are encouraged to equip their housing areas with playgrounds, courts and gymnasiums as well as to emphasise security.

Trade
PJ is a cosmopolitan city. The New Town area in Section 52, known as P J State, is the hub for PJ as this is where government offices, financial institutions and services are located.

Banks here include Bank Islam, Bank Rakyat, Public Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Bumiputera Commerce Bank, RHB Bank and Maybank.

Industrialisation
Petaling Jaya was one of the first industrialised towns in Malaysia.

This was aided by the opening of the Federal Highway which made it more accessible to Kuala Lumpur and to Port Klang. With incentives from the Federal and State governments, PJ stood out as premier and modern industrialised area. The establishment of Sungai Way into a Free Trade Zone wooed more investors from the United States, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

These factories are located at Sections 13, 19, 51 and 51A, and consist of the services sec­tor, electronics, raw material processing, consumer products and high-technology industries among others. To maintain this environment for investors, the Federal Government offers incentives to ensure investors continue to flock to the city and the coun­try.

Infrastructure and amenities
Petaling Jaya is on par with other major cities of the world as it has top infrastructure and modern facilities. The network of highways and roads in and around PJ makes it accessible to the north and the south of the city.

There are two major highways in PJ: the Federal Highway and the Damansara-Puchong Highway.

PJ also acts as a link to highways such as the New Klang Valley Expressway, the Kerinchi link and Penchala link.

As for public 1ransportation, P J residents have their pick from buses and taxis, as well as the Komuter andLight . Rapid Transit (LRT). The Ko­muter line passes through Seri Setia, Taman Datuk Harun and Taman Petaling, while residents in Kelana Jaya, Taman Bahagia, Taman Paramount, Asia Jaya and Taman Jaya benefit from the PRT service fortheir daily needs.

Residents in P J have their basic needs of electricity and water well taken care off. Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) looks into water needs, while sewage is looked after by Indah Water Konsortium. Alam Flora looks after waste disposal.

MPP J has also provided places of worship, education, health and security, as well as social amenities.