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The Abode Of Sicerity, Darul Ehsan

Located along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Selangor is one of the states of Malaysia and is widely known to be the most developed and progressive state in many areas, such as in commerce and infrastructure. It completely surrounds the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (both the federal territories were once part of Selangor), and much of the highly developed Klang Valley (also known as Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan Area) belongs to the state of Selangor, most notably major urban centres such as Klang and Petaling.

Home to the largest population (over 5 million people) in the country, Selangor is also the richest state in Malaysia when measured by gross domestic product per capita and is noted for being one of the only 2 states in Malaysia to have 2 cities (Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam), with the other being Sarawak. It is also the first state to be declared a developed state, officially announced on 27 August 2005 by the state government. It was later joined by 3 other states which are Penang, Malacca and Johor.

History

Selangor was under the rule of the Sultanate of Malacca during the 15th century, lasting until the fall of the kingdom to the Portuguese. Later on, when the Dutch wrestled Malacca away from rule of Portugal, Bugis soldiers were brought into the area, whom quickly established the sultanate of Selangor that lasts till this very day.

 

The great demand for tin and rubber during the 19th century spurred the growth of Selangor, where the two resources were in abundance. With Kuala Lumpur (then capital of Selangor) as the center of development,

the Klang Valley and by extension all of Selangor underwent tremendous growth. Under the watchful eye of the British government, Selangor attracted a great influx of opportunity-seeking traders and laborers, and grew into a thriving state with a booming economy. Selangor formed the Federated Malay States which later became the Federation of Malaya and then subsequently Malaysia.

Later in 1974, the city of Kuala Lumpur was declared to be a federal territory (under the jurisdiction of the federal government) after the Sultan of Selangor ceded the area.

Selangor Now

 

With major urban and suburban areas such as Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya and Shah Alam, it is no surprise that the commerce, manufacturing, industrial and services sectors are by far the biggest contributor to the state’s economy.

 

The infrastructure in most parts of the state are highly developed, especially in the areas close to the three cities of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam, consisting of places such as Sunway, Kajang, Klang, Ampang and others. Multiple modes of transport are also available, with trains, roads, taxis and busses allowing access to almost all the areas in the state.

 

Modern facilities, such as commercial areas, retail shops, restaurants and cafes and shopping malls are commonly found in these areas, sufficient to support a modern urban lifestyle with activities ranging from eating, shopping, nightlife events and many more.

 

Many facilities of national significance are found in Selangor, which includes the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (although named after Kuala Lumpur, it is actually located in Sepang, Selangor), the Sepang International Circuit (venue of many international races such as F1), Port Klang (largest port in Malaysia), the Bukit Jalil National Stadium and many more.

A significant upcoming area in Selangor is Cyberjaya, a town that hopes to be known one day as the Silicon Valley of Malaysia. Part of the Multimedia Super Corridor Initiative, Cyberjaya was previously undeveloped oil palm plantations but has seen significant infrastructure developments. Only officially opened in 1997, it has quickly grown into a thriving town in recent years. Many companies dealing in modern technology have relocated their Malaysian branches to the area, which among them consist of leading brands such as Dell, HP, Motorola, BMW and Ericsson.