Malaysia began its search for a new Federal Government Administrative Centre in the 1980s to disperse some development away from Kuala Lumpur. A site at Prang Besar in Sepang District was chosen, in view of its strategic location between Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). The New Federal Government Administrative Centre is named “Putrajaya” in honour of Malaysia's first Prime Minister, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj, for his invaluable contributions to the nation. While Kuala Lumpur will remain as the country’s capital and premiere financial and commercial centre, Putrajaya will be the new Federal Government Administrative Centre. Construction of the new Putrajaya city began in August 1995. When the city is fully developed, it will have a total of 64,000 housing units which will cater to a population of around 320,000 people.
Putrajaya sits on a magnificent 4,931 hectares of land strategically located within the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), approximately 25km south of Kuala Lumpur and 20km north of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Putrajaya is accessible via a network of highways and the Express Rail Link (ERL Transit) from Kuala Lumpur Sentral to KLIA via Putrajaya Sentral in Precinct 7.
CITY IN A GARDEN
Putrajaya is being developed as a City in a Garden. About 38% of its area is being developed into parks, lakes and wetlands while the rest is reserved for government offices, commercial and residential development, public utilities and amenities. The 600 hectare man-made Putrajaya Lake serves as a climate moderator. Currently, lake activities available are boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
Being located within the Multimedia Super Corridor, and in line with the Government’s e-Government initiative, Putrajaya is being developed as an intelligent city. Multimedia technologies are being implemented to facilitate communications and interactions between Government offices, between the Government and the business community, and between the Government and the community.