The Rise of Subang Jaya: Sustainable living for the 21st century.

The Rise of Subang Jaya: Sustainable living for the 21st century.

As more of the world’s population migrate to the cities to find well-paying jobs, the importance of urban planning and development is taking on a new level of importance. Necessity is the mother of invention, and the concept of urban development are based on contemporary considerations like changes in energy costs, population sizes, demographic composition and technological advancements.

In Malaysia, Subang Jaya plans to face the challenges of building an efficient and effective living space for the 21st century and  becoming the pace-setter for this new mode of urban development. The challenges that it faces include overcrowding, traffic congestion, poor sanitation and hygiene, as well as social violence and crime that is associated with poor urban planning.

Such issues can be resolved if an urban living space is well-connected to public services, have access to food and amenities, and is served by a dense and systematic public transport system.

Striving to become a centre of sustainable living and good urban design, the municipality is learning from the successes of centres of the sustainable living around like world like Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney and Osaka.

Subang Jaya: livability and sustainability.

“Sustainable development is the prime human imperative of the 21st Century (Dale, 2001).”

The definition of livability may vary from person to person. For some, cultural offerings such as job opportunities, safety and economic dynamism top the list. Others might put greater emphasis on the proximity of green spaces and nature parks, or a holistic approach to community well-being.

For Subang Jaya, these priorities take the form of:

  1. Energy Efficiency;
  2. carbon waste reduction;
  3. waste reduction and recycling;
  4. water efficiency;
  5. environmental harmony;
  6. economic performance;
  7. functional viability;
  8. occupational safety.

Integration and governance.

Due to its unprecedented growth in terms of population and development, the Sime Darby-managed township of Subang Jaya was upgraded into a municipality in 1997. Subang Jaya is quickly becoming a model on which other developers in the country are keeping a close eye on.

As of 2013-2018, representatives from the DAP (Hannah Yeoh) and PKR (Wong Chen) are in charge of governing the municipality.

Good public transport is essential for an effective township. If oil were the life blood of the economy, then its veins would be transportation.

Public transport is served by public buses RapidKL and Metrobus, which provides transportation within the city and to Kuala Lumpur. In addition, an urban-suburb rail link, the KTM Komuter, connects Subang Jaya to Port Klang and Kuala Lumpur.

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Good public transport is essential for an effective township. If oil were the life blood of the economy, then its veins would be transportation. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia, Subang Jaya.

Subang Skypark (formerly Subang Airport after going through extensive renovation) serves both international and domestic flights. It is also the main hub for Firefly Airlines, Malindo Air and Berjaya Air and the most important hub for corporate and private aviation in Southeast Asia.

The Shah Alam Expressway, the Federal Highway, NKVE, ELITE, KESAS, LDP and NPE connects the township to the rest of the country.

Good public transport is essential for an effective township. If oil were the life blood of the economy, then its veins would be transportation.

Covering every aspect of living.

The municipality is a great educational destination for students, both local from from overseas. Well-established institutions include Taylor’s University College, Inti College and Metropolitan College.

Healthcare is served by two private hospitals, Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya and Sunway Medical Centre in Bandar Sunway.

The developer has also been mindful to keep industries, and thus, the economy diverse. A diverse economy is important for long-term growth and to move away from being over-reliant on a single source of revenue – a dynamism that ensures long-term survival.

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Recreation and shopping malls saturate the city centre and is all reachable by Subang Jaya’s comprehensive public transport system. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia, Subang Jaya.

Recreation and shopping districts saturate the city centre. Its main shopping attractions include Subang Parade, Empire Subang, mega-malls Sunway Pyramid and Aeon Big Subang. In the nearby township of Bandar Sunway is the water theme park Sunway Lagoon.

In the religious sector, muslims are mainly served by the Masjid Darul Ehsan. The Church of Saint Thomas More serves the Catholic community while the Sri Varatharajah Perumal Temple and Subang Jaya Buddhist Temple Association serve the Indian and Buddhist communities respectively.

“By 2050, about 70% of the world’s population is expected to be living in cities”

Green spaces cool the air and provide beautiful escapes for resting.

In addition, the developers have taken note to ensure that green space, parks and bodies of water are incorporated into the landscape like playgrounds, public plazas, schoolyards and public seating areas.

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Green spaces contain trees and vegetation that not only provide excellent resting spots but also contribute positively to the environment. Trees provide natural cooling and shade.

Green spaces not only provide the public with good resting spots but also help improve environmental conditions. Trees provide natural shade but also absorb carbon dioxide and cools the surrounding air, doing its part in helping alleviate global warming. Tropical trees especially are like natural air-conditioners.

All this comes together to create a high quality of life for more than 700,000 residents.

Future Plans

Several major projects are in the works at SJCC Subang, SJ7 Trans-City, Empire Remix and Tropicana Metropark. Two of the biggest projects, SJCC Subang and SJ7 Trans-City, are in the works and are to be fully integrated with a highly sophisticated public transportation system.

Justine Foong

Likes lone walks in the park. Doesn't think that waiting an hour in a line for food is worth any recommendation. Believes that a major breakthrough in Engineered Negligible Senescence will come within this lifetime.