Thursday, 4 September 2008

Shah Alam

This article is about Shah Alam, the capital city. For the two Mughal emperors, see Shah Alam I and Shah Alam II.
Shah Alamشه عالم
Motto: 'Indah Bestari'(English: 'Beautiful, Brilliant')
Location within Petaling District, Klang District and the state of Selangor
Coordinates: 3°5′00″N 101°32′00″E / 3.083333, 101.533333
Granted State Capital Status
7 December 1978
- Mayor
Dato' Ramlan Bin Othman
- Total
290.3 km² (112.1 sq mi)
Population (July 2007)
- Total
584,340 (8th)
Time zone
- Summer (DST)
Not observed (UTC)
Shah Alam is a city in Petaling and Klang Districts in Selangor, Malaysia, about 25 kilometres (15 mi) west of the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur. In 1978, it replaced Kuala Lumpur as the capital city of the state of Selangor due to Kuala Lumpur's incorporation into a Federal Territory in 1974. Shah Alam was the first planned city in Malaysia after independence in 1957.
Shah Alam was once known as Sungai Renggam and was noted for its rubber and oil palm estates. Later, the same area was identified as Batu Tiga prior to Malaysian independence, and has been a centre of rubber and palm oil trade for centuries. Its current name was chosen by the then state Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, after his late father Sultan Alam Shah. Many other monuments, buildings and even a street are named after the late Sultan. Shah Alam was granted city status on 10 October 2000 with Dato' Haji Abu Sujak Haji Mahmud as the first mayor.

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