Kajang is a town in the
eastern part of Selangor,
Malaysia. Kajang is the district capital of Hulu Langat. It is located 21
kilometers (13 mi) from Malaysia's capital,
The current locational gravity of growth in Kajang would be Sungai Chua.
The total population of Kajang has grown rapidly in the past few years,
with estimated population growth of 9% per annum. The soon-to-be-realised
Klang Valley MRT station
in Bandar Kajang will boost the property value in Sungai Chua.
As of 2004, a few townships have been developed in Kajang, such as Taman
Prima Saujana (straight from Jalan Cheras), Sungai Chua, Taman Kajang
Perdana (Kajang Highlands). Lately, many high-end developments has
mushroomed in Kajang such as Twin Palms, Sri Banyan, Country Heights, Jade
Hills and Prima Paramount.
Areas surrounding these new townships are easily accessible via the SILK
Expressway. Kajang is governed by the Majlis Perbandaran Kajang.
The first settlement in Kajang was established in 1709. In 1807, Kajang
was founded after the Klang War. Because of its central location, it was
made the district capital of Hulu Langat.
Kajang as a modern town owes its rise in particular to the coffee estates
which were opened up around it in the 1890s. One of the famous coffee
estates were Inch Kenneth Estate managed by the Kindersley brothers who
were among the first to plant rubber in the country on a commercial basis.
Another was Perang Besar (Great War) Estate, opened by some British
ex-servicemen led by Colonel Henry Gough, who was the pioneer of
bud-grafting of rubber trees in the country.
The center of Kajang is the bustling Old Town, where all the roads meet.
Most of the colonial-era buildings were constructed around the 1920s to
1930s. The architecture of these shop houses is a combination of
traditional Chinese and European designs. The ground floor was used mostly
for commercial activities and the upper floor as the family living
One of Kajang's landmarks is Stadium Kajang which is situated in the heart
of the town. It is near a popular hangout place among the locals named
Haji Samuri, which is also home to the famous dish satay Kajang. People
come from all over Malaysia to taste the satay here. The stadium can
accommodate up to 5,000 people and is used throughout the year for the
community soccer competitions.
Another landmark is the Kajang Mosque or Masjid Kajang, which is easily
recognizable by its bright yellow facade. The mosque was painted and
decorated by a local wealthy man, Datuk Ujang bin Bagong, for the benefit
of the local Muslims. The mosque is lively at night with Islamic