Putrajaya (Malaysian pronunciation: [putraˈdʒaja, putrəˈdʒajə]), officially the Federal Territory of Putrajaya (Malay: Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya), is a planned city and the federal administrative centre of the Malaysian capital. The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya because of overcrowding and congestion in the former. Kuala Lumpur remains Malaysia's national capital and is the seat of the King, the Parliament, and all the foreign embassies, and the country's commercial and financial centre. Putrajaya was the idea of the then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. It became Malaysia's third Federal Territory, after Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, in 2001.


Prang Besar / Air Hitam
Federal Territory of Putrajaya
Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Other transcription(s)
Top left to right: Putra Mosque and Perdana Putra, Ministry of Health building
Bottom left to right: Ministry of Finance Complex, Putrajaya, high rise ministry complexes, Putrajaya's Precinct 1 from above

Garden City, Intelligent City
Bandar raya Taman, Bandar raya Bestari
   Putrajaya in    Malaysia
Coordinates: 2.9430952°N 101.699373°E / 2.9430952; 101.699373
Country Malaysia
Establishment19 October 1995
Granted Federal Territory1 February 2001
  Administered byPutrajaya Corporation
  ChairmanHasim Ismail
  Total49 km2 (19 sq mi)
  Density1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
Human Development Index
  HDI (2017)[3]0.698 (medium) (16th)
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
  Summer (DST)Not observed
Calling code+603-88
ISO 3166 codeMY-16
Mean solar timeUTC+06:46:40
Vehicle registrationF and Putrajaya

Named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the territory is entirely enclaved within the Sepang District of the state of Selangor. Putrajaya is also a part of MSC Malaysia, a special economic zone that covers Klang Valley. In Sanskrit, "putra" (पुत्र) means "prince" or "male child", and "jaya" (जया) means "success" or "victory". The development of Putrajaya started in the early 1990s; today, major landmarks have been completed and the population is expected to grow in the near future.

History and design

Prang Besar (Jawi: ڤراڠ بسر, alternately Perang Besar (Malayan for "Great War"), was founded in 1921 on land that was jungle, as a rubber plantation by British veterans of World War 1, hence the name[4]. Its land area of 800 acres (3.2 km2) expanded to 8,000 acres (32 km2), and it was merged with surrounding estates, including Estet Raja Alang, Estet Galloway and Estet Bukit Prang.

Until 1975, what is today Putrajaya, along with adjacent Cyberjaya, were under the administration of Hulu Langat (Kajang) district.

The vision of a new Federal Government Administrative Centre to replace Kuala Lumpur as the administrative capital emerged in the late 1980s, during the tenure of Malaysia's fourth prime minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad. The new city was proposed to be located between Kuala Lumpur and the new Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Two areas were proposed: Prang Besar and Janda Baik of Pahang.[5] The new name Putrajaya was chosen for the site.

The Federal government negotiated with the state of Selangor on the prospect of another Federal Territory. In the mid-1990s the Federal government paid a substantial amount of money to Selangor for approximately 11,320 acres (45.8 km2) of land in Prang Besar, Selangor. As a result of this land purchase, the state of Selangor now completely surrounds two Federal territories within its borders, namely Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

Planned as a garden city and intelligent city, 38% of the area is reserved for green spaces in which the natural landscape is enhanced. The plan incorporated a network of open spaces and wide boulevards. Construction began in August 1995; it was Malaysia's biggest project and one of Southeast Asia's largest, with an estimated final cost of US$8.1 billion. The entire project was designed and constructed by Malaysian companies with only 10% of the materials imported.

The Asian Financial Crisis of 1997/1998 somewhat slowed the development of Putrajaya. 300 members of the Prime Minister's office staff moved there in 1999, and the remaining government servants moved in 2005. On 1 February 2001 Prime Minister Mahathir declared Putrajaya as a Federal Territory in a ceremony by which the Putrajaya township was handed over to the Federal Government from the Selangor state authorities.[6]

In 2002 a rail line called KLIA Transit was opened, linking Putrajaya to KLIA in Sepang. The construction of the Putrajaya Monorail, which was intended to be the city's metro system, was suspended owing to high costs. One of the monorail suspension bridges in Putrajaya remains unused.

In April 2013 the Putrajaya government signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the government of Sejong City in South Korea to mark co-operation between the two cities.[7]

Government and infrastructure

As of 2012 almost all of Malaysia's governmental ministries had relocated to Putrajaya. The only ministries remaining in Kuala Lumpur were the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Works.[8] Alamanda Putrajaya Shopping Centre, located near the governmental ministries in Precinct 1, was opened to serve people who work, play and live in Putrajaya.



In 2007 the population of Putrajaya was estimated to be over 30,000, which comprised mainly government servants. Government servants have been encouraged to relocate to the city through a variety of government subsidy and loan programs. The population had increased to 88,300 by 2015.[9]

Religious demography

Religion in Putrajaya - 2010 Census[10]
religion percent
Unknown / None
No Religion
Chinese Ethnic Religion

As of 2010, the population of Putrajaya is 97.4% Muslim, 1.0% Hindu, 0.9% Christian, 0.4% Buddhist, 0.2% unknown and 0.1% other religions. The Malaysian constitution strictly defines what makes a "Malay", considering Malays those who are Muslim, speak Malay regularly, practise Malay customs, and lived in or have ancestors from Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore.

Public buildings and monuments


Open space


Kindergarten and Pre-School

Primary & Secondary Education in Putrajaya is provided by a few schools such as:

  • SMK Putrajaya Presint 5 (1).
  • SMK Putrajaya Presint 8 (1).
  • SMK Putrajaya Presint 9.
  • SMK Putrajaya Presint 9 (2).
  • SMK Putrajaya Presint 11 (1).
  • SMK Putrajaya Presint 11 (2).
  • SMK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1).
  • SMK Putrajaya Presint 16 (1).
  • SMK Putrajaya Presint 18 (1).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 5 (1).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 8 (1).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 8 (2).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 9 (1).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 9 (2).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 11 (1).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 11 (2).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 11 (3).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 16 (1).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 16 (2).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 18 (1).
  • SK Putrajaya Presint 18 (2).

There are also two elite fully residential schools in Putrajaya:

Perdana University has established an interim campus in Putrajaya which hosts the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (PUGSOM) and the Perdana University-Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (PU-RCSI) medical schools:

Other universities:

International Schools

  • Nexus International School Located at Presint 15.
  • The International Modern Arabic school located at Presint 14.


Putrajaya is home to the world's largest roundabout, the Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah with a perimeter of 3.5 km. (2.7 miles)

By car

Major highways

Putrajaya is surrounded by federal highways 29 on the western side and 30 on the eastern side. The South Klang Valley Expressway E26, connecting Pulau Indah to Kajang, runs through the northern end of Putrajaya. ELITE E6 exit 607 serves Putrajaya and also nearby Cyberjaya. Highway 29 interchanges with Damansara–Puchong Expressway (LDP) E11 in the northwestern corner of Putrajaya, linking the city with Puchong, Subang Jaya, Kelana Jaya and all the way to Kepong.

Within Putrajaya, the following roads serve as the main thoroughfares of the city.

List of road bridges

Public transport


The only direct rail connection to Putrajaya is the  7  KLIA Transit line through the  KT3  Putrajaya/Cyberjaya station within the Putrajaya Sentral transportation hub, which connects to KL Sentral, Bandar Tasik Selatan, Salak Tinggi, KLIA and klia2.[13]

The  12  Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya MRT Line is currently being constructed and will also connect to Putrajaya Sentral as well.[14] The proposed  HSR  Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) will also connect to Putrajaya along the route from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, but will be located near the borders of Putrajaya, in nearby Presint 14.

Around 2003, a plan for a monorail in Putrajaya was under construction but was halted due to the stoppage of funding from the government. However, there has been plans to continue the project, or/and constructing a new tram line as well.


Putrajaya Corporation provides its own stage bus services through its subsidiary Nadi Putra using natural gas-powered buses and a few electric buses. The bus service serves the entirety of Putrajaya as well as Cyberjaya, and provides express bus routes to Kuala Lumpur through Puduraya and a few other nearby cities from its hubs at Putrajaya Sentral and P&R Presint 14.[15] Bus stops in Putrajaya are very common too and serves Nadi Putra. Rapid KL, Causeway Link and Cityliner also provides bus services to other areas from Putrajaya Sentral such as Banting, Puchong, Bandar Utama and Petaling Jaya.

Intercity buses also serve bus routes from Putrajaya Sentral to the northern states.


Putrajaya is represented in the Dewan Rakyat of the Malaysian Parliament by Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor of UMNO, part of the opposition Barisan Nasional. Tengku Adnan is formerly the Minister of Federal Territories.[16]

Being a Federal Territory, Putrajaya does not have a state assembly, and the constituency is not divided into any state seats.

International relations

Twin towns and sister cities

Putrajaya is twinned with these cities:

Panoramic image of Putrajaya, (from left to right) the Putra Bridge, the Ministry of Finance on the left, the Seri Wawasan Bridge, the Istana Darul Ehsan next to it
Panorama of Putrajaya from Cyberjaya Lake Gardens in February 2011.

See also


  1. "Laporan Kiraan Permulaan 2010". Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia. p. 27. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  2. "Malaysia's population stood at 32.6 million in Q4 2018". The Borneo Post. 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. "Subnational Human Development Index (2.1) [Sabah – Malaysia]". Global Data Lab of Institute for Management Research, Radboud University. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  4. "The Story of Prang Besar". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  5. (in Malay)Abdullah, Hasfiza (February 2012). DARI PRANG BESAR KE PUTRAJAYA. Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  6. "PM isytihar Putrajaya sebagai Wilayah Persekutuan". Utusan Malaysia. 2 February 2001. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  7. "Closer ties between Putrajaya and Sejong, Korea". (Archived from the original) The Star (Malaysia). Saturday 6 April 2013. Updated on Friday 26 April 2013. Retrieved on 1 January 2014.
  8. "Malaysian envoy acclaims Sejong City." (Archive) The Korea Times. 23 September 2012.
  9. "Population by States and Ethnic Group". Department of Information, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia. 2015. Archived from the original on 12 February 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  10. "2010 Population and Housing Census of Malaysia" (PDF) (in Malay and English). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. "Putrajaya Botanical Garden (Taman Botani)". Tourism Malaysia. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  12. http://www.hw.ac.uk/malaysia.htm
  13. Bhd, Express Rail Link Sdn. "KLIAtransit Schedule - KLIA Ekspres". www.kliaekspres.com. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  14. "MYMRT | MRT Corp - Official webpage for the Klang Valley My Rapid Transit". www.mymrt.com.my. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  15. "PENGANGKUTAN AWAM PUTRAJAYA SDN BHD". www.papsb.com.my. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  16. "Ahli Parlimen". Portal Rasmi Parlimen Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  17. Yeen, Oh Ing. "Closer ties between Putrajaya and Sejong, Korea - Community | The Star Online". Retrieved 13 February 2017.

Further reading

  • King, Ross: Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya: Negotiating Urban Space in Malaysia, Nias Press, 2008
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