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Putrajaya, Malaysia’s proud future today

Monday, October 25th, 2010

© 2010 Frank P. Schneidewind

Putrajaya can be accessed by the famed Seri Wawasan Bridge, a steel structure with an innovative design, linking the residential area of Putrajaya with the administrative part. Putrajaya was built shortly before the Millennium to replace Kuala Lumpur as the federal capital of Malaysia. It is a projected city. which was completely built from scratch just between Kuala Lumpur and the KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport). Neighboring Cyberjaya, the Hi-Tech City with the best and most modern infrastructure on innovative technologies, was designed on the architect’s drawing boards too.

The bridge spans a massive man made lake, that was included in the plans to irrigate the enormous gardens and parks within Putrajaya. Putrajaya Lake is 650 hectares large and sported the F 1 Powerboat World Championships in the past. This city with only about 30.000 inhabitants appears empty on the weekends, but has seen plenty of events and venues already.

Visible in below picture on the right is Putra Mosque, a center for religious activities in this country. It is also located next to the Prime Minister’s office Perdana Putra. Malaysia has a predominantly Muslim population, but Christian churches and Hindu temples are as well in existence across the nation. Buddhist temples can be found along the Thai border, Malaysia’s northern neighbor.

The Perdana Putra is the working quarter for the respective Prime Minister, and so considered the actual seat of the government. It appears very roomy and quite stylish. It sits atop a small hill, overlooking the main road in Putrajaya from the north. All ministries of significance are built along this road.

The Seri Gemilang bridge with the PICC marks the southern end of this road. The buildings left and right are the various authorities and ministries. In the far left of below picture, you can spot residential towers and areas, this picture is taken from atop the PICC (Putrajaya International Convention Center).

PICC is a state of the art facility for conventions and congresses. It has room to host and cater for 10.000 visitors at the same time, providing the highest possible levels of security for VIPs and state guests. We also had the privilege to watch the fireworks championships from this area, when Malaysia celebrated its 50th anniversary on Merdeka Day in 2007. A malfunction in our digital camera back then, prevented us from showing you pictures from the most amazing fireworks display, this continent has ever witnessed.

Located smack in the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor, this area was amongst the first with a working 3G option for smart phones many years ago! Users can enjoy internet speeds here for years already, that causes other Asian nations to bow their head in shame. Free superfast WiFi can be had at each and every airport in peninsular Malaysia for instance, but also island-wide in Penang or inside public buses and certain rail-based methods of transport!

Innovative communication technologies never seem to wait long in Malaysia, until the Malaysians can use them widely.

The government buildings along the main road here, are all located in accordance to their tasks and importance. Short ways to walk or drive for any issues, businesses or citizens may have, when dealing with their government. A big step in the right direction, but only a country like Malaysia could fork over 8.1 billion US-$ to have their government relocated in style with added conveniences to the citizens.:D

Great walkways and manicured decorations flank the massive buildings. Trees have been planted to produce shady areas, but they haven’t grown much yet.

Only the cruise-boats on the lake may charge a small fee for a round, unless you have a free ticket for it.

Putrajava is surely a must-see for any Malaysia traveler. It is a planned community with the needs of the government and the state servants in mind, huge gardens flank parts of the lake and there are nice trails for strolling or jogging everywhere. Recreational facilities are added, as more residents relocate into the area.

The Millennium Monument is a gigantic metal needle, which points into the sky. It’s base hosts an outdoor museum with a hidden light show for a nightly illumination entertainment here. The natural light-show on any clear day is attractive too. A walkway spirals around the base and huge glass panes have all relevant historical happenings engraved or laserd into them. Everything is free of any charges here, no admission is being requested to see the wonderful parks and outdoor exhibits.

Tents and pavillions host state exhibitions and other venues. This city does live up on the weekends, when thousands of Selangor citizens flock to the parks and lake. Selangor is the Malaysian state that incorporates 2 federal territories. Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur.

At nighttime, most objects and buildings are floodlit. We sure hope to come back here in the foreseeable future with our new camera gear and a tripod. Many motives to film and photograph are in Putrajaya.

We conclude this little picture report on a fascinating city in Southeast Asia, that is not even marked on older maps. Malaysia’s progress to develop into a 21st century country is taking further steps continuously. Their wealth enables other breathtaking projects as well and a trip to Malaysia is a very rewarding one!

Selangor’s new capital is Shah Alam, further down the Klang Valley, Shah Alam sits right between Kuala Lumpur and the mighty port city of Klang on the Melakka Straits. In Shah Alam was our residence back then. A future SIAMPEDIA report on that city will follow soon.