Vibrant state capital
SHAH ALAM, the first ever planned city in Malaysia, is Selangor’s administrative centre where the state secretariat is located.
Located some 25km from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, Shah Alam is also where the Sultan of Selangor’s second official palace Istana Bukit Kayangan and the Raja Muda’s palace Istana Mestika stand.
The Mentri Besar and state secretary’s official residences are also located here.
Shah Alam was built at the site of a former huge oil palm and rubber estate known as Sungai Renggam Plantations and, according to fact sheets, the place had been identified for development about 50 years ago.
The name Shah Alam was a choice selected by current ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s late father Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.
Shah Alam was officially made the capital of Selangor in December 1978 and was upgraded to a city in 2000.
Another interesting facet about Shah Alam is that it does not have any entertainment outlets such as clubs which makes it an idyllic