Malaysia’s first Intelligent Garden City

Putrajaya, the Federal Government Administrative Centre, will be a city that reflects the spirit of Malaysia in its fullest sense in the 21st century when it is completed

Malaysia’s Green City

Putrajaya is a planned city, located 25km south of Kuala Lumpur, that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, due to the overcrowding and congestion in the Kuala Lumpur areas. Nevertheless, Kuala Lumpur remains Malaysia’s national capital, being the seat of the King and Parliament, as well as the country’s commercial and financial centre. Putrajaya was the brainchild of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. In 2001, Putrajaya became Malaysia’s third Federal Territory after Kuala Lumpur and Labuan. Named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the city is situated within the Multimedia Super Corridor, beside the also newly developed Cyberjaya. In Malay/Sanskrit, the words “putra” or “putera” means “prince” or “male child” (“girl child” is called “Putri” in Sanskrit), and “jaya” means “success” or “victory”. The development of Putrajaya started in early 1990s, and today major landmarks are completed and the population is expected to grow bigger. In Sir Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities of Tomorrow published in 1902, the author writes about the creation of new towns of limited size, by a permanent belt of agricultural land. If Howard were alive today, he would be astounded to see a concept first thought up by him, being brought to the next level – much grander in scale and more diverse in terms of ideas.

Malaysia’s first Intel-ligent Garden City, Putrajaya is the trendy and futuristic location for the country’s central Government. Here, we see a convergence of the past, present and future – of heritage, design and technology. For example, fibreoptic cables and minarets are both the personality of this city, as are modern stylised bridges amongst our natural heritage of fauna and flora. Everywhere around the world, city planners continuously seek to strike a balance between the quality of life and the need for better city planning, better housing and better public services. Countries such as New Zealand and Canada have their Garden City in Christchurch and Vancouver respectively. With Putrajaya, Malaysia planned for a garden city that was stylish, real and authentic, and equipped with the latest technology to be a model of efficient Federal administration. Maybe it was a tall order, but it was not impossible, as is clearly evident. Fully integrated and self-contained, it is a showcase of excellence in distinctive design, technological advancement and city planning innovation. Malaysians can lay claim to having created something never before seen in the world. Contrasting features such as stylish buildings and open spaces come together to make it an embodiment of how technology can exist in harmony with nature. Not surprising, of course, considering that Putrajaya was conceptualised based on three simple ideologies that cover the spiritual, social and natural – man and his creator, man and man, and man and nature.

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Putrajaya Lake

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

The lake is at the southern part of the wetland. The water surface area of the whole lake is about 400 hectares. The lake has been planned to cater…

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Putrajaya Wetlands Park @ Precinct 13

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

It is a popular spot for bird-watching and bird-feeding. It is also a venue for camping, team-building, cycling, fishing, and family day events. There are also technical briefings about…

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Seri Perdana of Putrajaya

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

Seri Perdana is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. It is located in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Construction began in 1997 and was completed in 1999. The building…

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Perdana Leadership Foundation

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

Perdana Leadership Foundation is a foundation established to preserve, develop and spread information regarding former Prime Ministers of Malaysia. The foundation’s main aim is to increase awareness of Malaysia’s…

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Putra Perdana Building

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

The Perdana Putra is a building in Putrajaya which houses the office complex of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Located on the main hill in Putrajaya, it has become…

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Putrajaya Landmark

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

The Putrajaya Landmark or Mercu Tanda is the first landmark in Putrajaya where the site of federal administrative centre was established here in 1995. It is located in Putra…

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Millennium Monument

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

The Millennium Monument or Monumen Alaf Baru is a national monument in Putrajaya, which is analogous to the Washington Monument in Washington DC. It was the second national monument…

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Morocco Pavilion

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

The Moroccan Pavilion is situated in the botanical gardens in Putrajaya. It is designed to showcase the rich tradition of arts and architecture of Morocco, and the Moors. The…

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Putra Mosque of Putrajaya

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

The Putra Mosque, or Masjid Putra in Malay language, is the principal mosque of Putrajaya, Malaysia. Construction of the mosque began in 1997 and was completed two years later….

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Darul Ehsan Palace

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

The Darul Ehsan Palace is one of the royal residences of the Sultan of Selangor (Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah). This huge grey mansion beside Putrajaya Lake symbolizes the appreciation…

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Putrajaya Marina Aquarium

By: SoPlace|17 May 2015

Putrajaya Marina Aquarium was officially opened on 14th September 2012 as a retail business offering products and services related to the marine and fresh water aquarium hobby, aiming at…

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