Shah Alam, Malaysia, Asia
Year1966latitude: ° 0'
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Target population200,000
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Literature- D.R. Phillips and A.G.O. Yeh (eds.), New Towns in East and South-east Asia: Planning and development, New York 1987, 158-159

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
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The new town Shah Alam is planned in the mid sixties to absorb the Klang Valley expansion but also served to expedite a formative urban corridor between Kuala Lumpur and Port Klang. It is hailed as Malaysian best planned new town. Shah Alamis located 15 km's from new town Petaling Jaya and centrally sited between Port Klang and capital Kuala Lumpur. It covers about 3000 ha, including an industrial area of about 700 ha.

Shah Alam has most of its residential area located on one side of the Federal Highway and industrial zones on the other. It has been constructed according to a blueprint drawn up with the environment at the forethought of the planners.

Shah Alam did not really develop until after 1982, when the private sector was encouraged to participate in its urban construction. Prior to that development was largely the responsability of the Selangor State Economic Development Corporation. Also most of Shah Alams industrial employees and workers are drawn from the surrounding areas of Petaling Jaya, Klang and Port Klang. The Federal Highway has made possible easy commuting to and from work and employees need not reside in Shah Alam itself.


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