Puchong

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Puchong
蒲种
CountryMalaysia
StateSelangor
EstablishmentEarly 1900
Area
 • Total51.71 km2 (19.97 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total335,419
 • Density6,486.54/km2 (15,315.93/sq mi)
Time zoneMST (UTC+8)
Websitehttp://www.mpsj.gov.my
 
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Puchong
蒲种
CountryMalaysia
StateSelangor
EstablishmentEarly 1900
Area
 • Total51.71 km2 (19.97 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total335,419
 • Density6,486.54/km2 (15,315.93/sq mi)
Time zoneMST (UTC+8)
Websitehttp://www.mpsj.gov.my

Puchong is a major town in the Petaling district of Selangor, Malaysia. Puchong is situated midway between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's political capital, and Putrajaya, the administrative capital.

It is strategically located to nearby major cities and townships such as Subang Jaya, UEP Subang Jaya, Bandar Sunway and other parts of Petaling Jaya.

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History

The town used to be a rubber estate and tin-mining town in the 1960s. During the 1980s, Puchong consisted of only one two-lane road running through estates and villages. Since then, urbanization has occurred rapidly with many industrial parks, commercial centres and residential areas mushrooming along Jalan Puchong.

Background and Progress

Puchong is already serving as a residential town for three major cities, Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya. New townships, such as Bandar Puchong Jaya, Pusat Bandar Puchong, Puchong Hartamas, Puchong Utama, Puchong Prima, Bandar Bukit Puchong, Saujana Puchong and Bandar Puteri Puchong, are sprouting from the once-abandoned lands, former plantations and cleared-forest areas, contributing to the population boom witnessed in recent years in Puchong. At an estimate, Puchong has a population of about 335,419 (the largest township is Puchong Jaya with a population of about 39,473).

Governance

Puchong is under the jurisdiction of two local authorities, that is the Subang Jaya Municipal Council and the Sepang Municipal Council.

Puchong townships under Subang Jaya Municipal Council

Puchong townships under Sepang Municipal Council

Commerce

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. There is a new business centre, namely IOI Boulevard which has just been established with retail and office units. A similar project called Setia Walk is underway by SP Setia.

Recreation

Michael's Badminton Academy, a privately owned 32-badminton court located in Bandar Puteri Puchong, is Malaysia's biggest badminton stadium.[citation needed] Rakan Muda Sports Complex is a sport centre which also serves the residents of Puchong. Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve is the remain green in Puchong, it is a popular trekking spot for many active resident's to enjoy. There still many mining ponds around Puchong where local's do water sport and fishing.

Healthcare

There is a private hospital, Columbia Asia Hospital - Puchong, which is located at Bandar Puteri Puchong. This 78-bed hospital offers acute care multi-disciplinary services to residents of Puchong. The well-known KPMC Puchong Medical Centre also located at the heart of Bandar Puteri Puchong.

Education

Government schools There are many schools in Puchong. The secondary schools include SMK Bandar Puchong Jaya A, SMK Bandar Puchong Jaya B, SMK Pusat Bandar Puchong 1, SMK Puchong Utama 1, SMK Puchong Batu 14, SMK Batu 8, SMK Puchong Perdana,SMK Puchong Permai, SMK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara, SMK Seksyen 3 Bandar Kinrara and SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara, while primary national school include SK Puchong, SK Puchong Jaya, SK Puchong Jaya 2, SK Puchong Jaya 3, 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 and SK Taman Putra Perdana, and primary Chinese schools include SJK(C) Han Ming, SJK(C) Yak Chee, SJK(C) Sin Ming, SJK(C) Ladang Harcroft, and SJK(T) Puchong.

Private and International schools Taylor's International School and Rafflesia International School are scheduled to open by late 2013 or 2014. The nearest International School is Sunway International School in Bandar Sunway.

Private colleges

Transport

Puchong is well-linked to other parts of Klang Valley via the Damansara-Puchong Expressway(LDP) and Puchong-Sungai Besi Highway. Puchong is also accessible via Federal Highway (exit at Motorola); Shah Alam Expressway and New Pantai Expressway (NPE). 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.

Puchong is currently not served by the RapidKL Light Rail Transit service. However, the Ampang Line is scheduled to be extended to Puchong by 2014. Train stations will be constructed near IOI Mall, Tesco, the Rakan Muda headquarters and the DHL/Tractor Malaysia building before diverting to Putra Heights (main hub) via Puchong Perdana. It is anticipated that residents will benefit from the extension because it will ease traffic congestion and make commuting without using private transport easier.

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