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Main Terminal Building and Tower at KLIA

Main Terminal Building and Tower at KLIA. Courtesy of Craig (Wikimedia Commons)

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is one of Asia’s major aviation hubs and is a destination in itself. It is located at the top of the southern corridor of Peninsular Malaysia, bordering the states of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. It is situated in the Sepang district, approximately 50 km from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.

KLIA is a unique airport because it has within its boundaries all that is needed for business, entertainment and relaxation. The airport is part and parcel of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) where placement of high technology industries are being actively pursued.

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Interior KLIA. Courtesy of the-afc.com

KLIA is surrounded by four main cities -Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Seremban and Malacca. The airport is a catchment area and offers exciting opportunities for businesses. Every effort has been made to create a homely airport with a serene environment.

The Main Terminal Building area was designed using the concept of ‘Airport in the forest, forest in the airport’, in which it is surrounded by green space. This was done with the co-operation of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. An entire section of rain forest was transplanted from the jungle and placed in the Satellite Building.

For car racing enthusiasts, a Formula One racetrack is located near the airport and the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix is scheduled in March every year. The track also caters for an array of other activities throughtout the year, including motorcycle and rally racing.

KLIA, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThis travel blog photo’s source is TravelPod page: Malaysia Truly Asia

 

For a lived-in environment, the 80-room Airside Transit Hotel is located in the Satellite Building itself and provides a perfect respite for the travel-weary transit passengers. In addition, a 441-room 5-star hotel, The Pan Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is only a 5-minute walking distance from the airport terminal building for well-heeled travellers to unwind in style and luxury.

Since its inauguration in year 1998, KLIA has won numerous awards from international organisations such as Skytrax and International Air Transport Association. With its continuous effort to provide excellent services to passengers, the airport has emerged as one of the top five airports in the world.

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Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Courtesy of static.relax.com.sg

KLIA’s commitment to promote environment responsibility for all local and foreign travellers was recognised by Green Globe, making it the first and only airport in the world to receive Green Globe 21 certificate in year 2004 and onwards.

KLIA was thrice voted as the World’s Best Airport (15-25 million passengers per annum) in the 2005 AETRA awards, 2006 ACI-ASQ awards and 2007 ACI-ASQ awards.

Source: KLIA website

Selangor:The Richest and Most Populous State in Malaysia| Pride On Its Modernity and Prosperity

Today, Selangor is truly the sight to behold. Currently the richest and most populous state in Malaysia, Selangor prides itself on its modernity and prosperity.

 

Yet, as with all things, behind this success story lies a rich history of experiences that have led up to this modern-day state.

 

Two and a half century ago, the son of a Bugis warrior prince was given sovereignty to rule a piece of territory  just north of Malacca. Raja Lumu, later bestowed the name Sultan Salahuddin Shah, was to become the first Sultan of Selangor, establishing our present hereditary sultanate from the mid-1700s. When he took over, Sultan Salahuddin Shah established Kuala Selangor as the administrative centre of the state.

 

There, he built a strategic hilltop fort to enable the state to defend itself against outside forces, especially those coming in through the Straits of Malacca. He called it Fort Malawati.

 

It was also during this time, in the 16th and 17th centuries, that tin mining was at its peak. The industry thrived in Selangor, bringing about much economic growth and an influx of Chinese immigrants to work as miners. Many of the Chinese people in Selangor today are descendents of these early immigrants.

 

In 1857, the state capital was moved to Jugra, which is now known as Kuala Langat. That year, Gedung Raja Abdullah was built for the purpose of storing tin and food supplies. Before the end of the 19th century, the building was gone through two changes – the British first converted it into government offices before it was turned into a museum, which it remains until today.

 

In early 20th century, the fifth Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Alaeddin Shah, ordered both a mosque and palace to be built in Jugra. Although both were informed by Islamic design and concepts, the Alaeddin Palace (or Istana Bandar) does contains some Chinese influence, as a few Chinese craftsmen were engaged to help build it. Jugra was Selangor’s capital for about half a century.

 

After that, the state was united with Pahang, Perak and Negeri Sembilan to form the Faderated Malay States, and Kuala Lumpur, the biggest town, was chosen to be the administrative centre.

 

Kuala Lumpur was eventually given city status, the first in Malaysia since independence in 1957. During this time, Kuala Lumpur is still the capital of Selangor – it was a proud moment indeed for all Selangor citizens.

 

Barely two years later, though, Kuala Lumpur was handed over to the federal government and became Malaysia first Federal Territory, with the Kota Darul Ehsan arch eventually being built to mark the boundary between Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

 

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The Kota Darul Ehsan arch over the Federal Highway, as seen from the Kuala Lumpur side. Picture courtesy of malaysiatrulyasiholiday.com

Shah Alam became the state’s new capital and it has city status. But that was not the only time a part of Selangor became a Federal Territory. In the new millenium, Putrajaya was also converted into a Federal Territory.

 

Another major urban area in the state is Petaling Jaya, which was awarded city status in 2006. Selangor is one of only two states in Malaysia, the other being Sarawak, that has two cities.

 

Currently, Selangor is host to Cyberjaya (the epicenter of Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor project), the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the Sepang International F1 Circuit. It has numerous highways and expressways as well as light-trail transportation and infrastructure.

 

Selangor has been much through the years. Today, it is the richest state in Malaysia in terms of gross domestic product per capita. The state also has the largest population in Malaysia – about 5.5 million people, who enjoy a high standard of living. The state’s poverty rate is also the lowest in the country.

 

Source: Vision Selangor magazine.