PICTURE : Kota Darul
Ehsan arch marks the boundary between Kuala Lumpur and Selangor
Darul Ehsan, approximately 8,000 sq. km in area is made up of the
following districts, Klang, Kuala Langat, Kuala Selangor, Sabak
Bernam, Ulu Langat, Hulu Selangor, Petaling, Gombak, Sepang and
Putrajaya. It extends along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia
between the state of Perak and Negri Sembilan. Its advantageous
geographic position and rich natural resources have made Selangor
Darul Ehsan the most prosperous state in Malaysia. Today it has
the distinction of being the most populated state in Malaysia, with
about 4.0 million inhabitants.
Selangor is the heartland of the nation, it is the most developed
in the country, it has the largest port and airport, it houses most
institutions of higher learning in Malaysia, it's infrastructure
and communications facilities are among the best in the region,
Selangor is also one of the most fascinating and scenic destinations
in Malaysia, providing visitors a delightful, never-ending discovery.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Putrajaya and The multi Media
Super Corridor, Cyberjaya are all located in the State of selangor.
With a bustling economy of agricultural, industrial, commercial
and tourism activities, Selangor a home of diversity of people makes
Selangor a melting pot of culture, language, art, music and cuisine.
History of Selangor Darul Ehsan
Selangor's history dates back to the 16th century, when
rich tin deposits were found in the region. The area's natural wealth,
attracted miners, immigrants and colonizers. One especially important
group of settlers were the Bugis, a Malay people from Macassar in
Celebes. Renowned for their capabilities as sea traders and warriors,
the Bugis soon rose to prominence in Selangor. By 1700 they dominated
the state both politically and economically and had established
the present Sultanate of Selangor. Over the course of the eighteenth
century, Selangor extended its sphere of influence to become a regional
political power. As the western colonial presence increased over
the following century, in-fighting between the Bugis, Chinese and
Malay nobility forced Selangor to accept the presence of a British
Resident in 1874. Unsurprisingly, this foothold in the prosperous
state's administration proved out to be rather obstinate. In 1896,
the British included Selangor in the Federated Malay States, at
about the same time that rubber cultivation began in Malaysia. In
1948 the state joined the Federation of Malaya. In 1957 the Federation
became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations.
In 1974, the country's capital city of Kuala Lumpur and some of
the surrounding areas were ceded to the Federal Government for the
establishment of Wilayah Persekutuan, a Federal Territory.
Today Selangor is Malaysia's richest and most developed state. It
is home to the largest port in the country, The South Port, North
Port and West Port. Total berth capacities when fully completed
will be 16 kms long, to provide supply driven facilities to cater
to the projected 90 million tonnes of cargo by the year 2010. Many
of the country's largest industrial operations, found particularly
in the Klang Valley, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Its highly diversified
economy ranges from agriculture, industry, and commerce to tourism.
While industry is rapidly expanding, the mainstays of the state's
economy remain rubber and palm-oil.
OF INTEREST IN SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN
Mimaland, a recreational resort situated 18 km north-east of Kuala
Lumpur, sprawls over twelve hectares of Gombak's hilly grounds,
lakes and mountain streams. Visitors can fish and boat, trek in
the surrounding jungle, or swim in the largest pool in Southeast
Asia. Accommodation is available in either chalets or stilt houses
on the resort's lake. Mimaland is open from 8.00am to 12 pm daily.
Admission is RM2 for adults and RM1 for children.
Sunway Lagoon, located in Petaling Jaya, is the first international
standard water theme park in Malaysia. Within the park are water-based
attractions like giant waterslides, twin speed slides, a double
twister, a wave pool, toboggans, a slow river, a waterfall garden,
a lagoon express, and many more. On a hot day Sunway Lagoon can
Sunway Lagoon opens daily from 12 noon-l0pm (Mon-Fri) and 10am-10pm
on weekends and holidays. Admission: RM 15 (adults)/RM 10 (children)
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Located at Sungei Besi, the Mines is a modern recreational park
built on the site of what was once the world's largest open-cast
tin-mining lake. Its attractions are both natural and man-made,
and the man-made wonders in particular are more than a little
The park is open from 11 am to 11 pm daily. Admission is RM6
for adults (Weekend -RM 10) and RM3 for children (Weekend-RM5).
Admission to the Snow House is RM8 (unlimited time).
Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Kuala Selangor Nature Park is situated at the mouth of Selangor
It covers approximately 800 acres of mangroves and mudflats
and is the home to various wildlife such as otters, monkeys,
birds, mudskippers and crabs. Over 140 species of birds have
been sighted. Among the rare ones are the Nordman Greenshank
and the Mangrove Pitta. The mudflats infront of the park is
also rich with life. The mudflats are also important feeding
grounds for the migratory birds on their stopover from Siberia
The Malaysia Agriculture Park is the only agro-forestry park
in this part of the world. It was initiated by the Agriculture
Ministry of Malaysia in 1986.
The park is designed in such a way that it gives visitors a
total experience of its natural attributes, scientific facilities
and agricultural presentations. All these are set within a luscious
tropical rain forest in a scenic 1,290-hectare site in Shah
Located 13 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur's central business district
and just outside the city limits, these famous caverns are easily
accessible. The main Temple Cave has a ceiling looming over
100metres overhead, and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach
it one has to climb a steep flight of 272 steps, a feat performed
by as many as 100,000 devotes during the annual Thaipusam festival.
Located just north of Kuala Lumpur are a series of lush forest
parks. Templer's Park, the first, gives the area its name. In
actual fact, it is an extensive area of forests and cascading
waterfalls nestling beside the Serendah Forest Reserve and the
landscaped Commonwealth Forest Park. The latter has accommodation
and camping facilities for the adventurous.
Other places of interest are Bukit Melawati, Carey Island, Galeri
Shah Alam, Historic Building, Jugra, Keris Monument, Kampung
Kuantan, Kota Darul Ehsan, Morib Beach, National Zoo, Gombak
Orang Asli Centre, Pulau Ketam, Shah Alam Lake, Shah Alam Stadium,
Sungai Chongkak Recreational Forest Sungai Gabai, State Monument,
State Mosque, Tin Museum and the Fire Fly Park.
Getting To Selangor darul Ehsan
The national air carrier is Malaysia Airlines.
Most international airlines also has direct flight into the
KL Intl. Airport. From the airport various
mode of transportation are available including Limo Service,
Coach Service and city taxis. By middle of 2002, passenger will
be able to use the ERL
which connect the airport with KL
Sentral right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. Public transportation
in Selangor includes light rail services (PUTRA
Komuter), buses (Intrakota, Citiliner, MetroBus) and the
easily available red & white city taxis.
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