Petaling Jaya, commonly called "PJ" is a city in Petaling District, in the state of Selangor, Malaysia.
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Petaling Jaya is surrounded by Kuala Lumpur to the east, Sungai Buloh to the north, Shah Alam, the capital of Selangor, and Subang Jaya to the west and Bandar Kinrara to the south.
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The development of Petaling Jaya commenced in 1952 with the construction of 800 houses centred on the area known as "Old Town" today.
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Lieutenant-General Sir Gerald Templer planned for Petaling Jaya to be a satellite town to prevent people from assisting the communists; the earlier housing areas were fenced off from the surrounding area.
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The first two main roads built in Petaling Jaya were simply called "Jalan 1" or Road 1 and "Jalan 2" or Road 2.
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However, Petaling Jaya ceased to be part of Kuala Lumpur when the latter became a Federal Territory on 1 February 1974.
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Petaling Jaya Garden was brought to the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange and became one of the first publicly listed Property Development Companies in Malaysia.
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Petaling Jaya was bought over by Permodalan Nasional Berhad in the year 2007, it was valued at RM 964 million at time of purchase.
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Petaling Jaya progressed rapidly due to the massive rural-urban migration.
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Residents of Petaling Jaya are served by four Members of Parliament from Pakatan Harapan, which is DAP's Tony Pua in Damansara, PKR's Maria Chin Abdullah in Petaling Jaya, PKR's Sivarasa Rasiah in Sungai Buloh and PKR's Wong Chen in Subang.
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Active property developers in Petaling Jaya are PKNS, Sunway Bhd, Tropicana Bhd, AmCorp, Mah Sing Group and Guocoland as well as many others.
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Petaling Jaya has three access points to the national highway system: North–South Expressway via Kota Damansara, Damansara, and Subang.
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Petaling Jaya is served by the Subang Airport which is located immediately to the west of Petaling Jaya.
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Oldest schools in Petaling Jaya are likely the Road 10 Primary School in Old Town, followed by Assunta in 1955 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and La Salle in 1959 by the De La Salle Brothers.
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Petaling Jaya has a fully equipped, multi-purpose stadium known as Petaling Jaya Stadium.
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Petaling Jaya is the headquarters for newspaper and online news companies such as: Free Malaysia Today, Malay Mail, Malaysiakini, Nanyang Siang Pau, Sin Chew Daily, Star Media Group, The Edge Media Group, The Malaysian Reserve and The Sun Daily and the radio and television division of Media Prima Berhad, all of them are located near Kuala Lumpur.
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