Gelang Patah

Gelang Patah is a suburb in Iskandar Puteri, Johor Bahru District, Johor, Malaysia. It was administered by ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional for over 5 decades until the 13th Malaysian General Elections.[1]

Gelang Patah
Township
Malay transcription(s)
 • RumiGelang Patah
 • Jawiڬلڠ ڤاته
Chinese transcription(s)
 • Traditional振林山
 • Simplified振林山
 • MandarinZhènlínshān (Pinyin)
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Gelang Patah is located in Malaysia
Gelang Patah
Gelang Patah
Location in Malaysia
Coordinates: 1°27′05″N 103°35′20″E / 1.45139°N 103.58889°E / 1.45139; 103.58889Coordinates: 1°27′05″N 103°35′20″E / 1.45139°N 103.58889°E / 1.45139; 103.58889
CountryMalaysia
StateJohor
DistrictJohor Bahru
Government
 • Local AuthorityIskandar Puteri City Council
 • PresidentSalehuddin Hassan
Time zoneUTC+8 (MST)
Postcode
81550
Dialling code+607
PoliceIskandar Puteri
FireIskandar Puteri

One of its schools, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Gelang Patah is also featured in the School Programme by its government. The town is well-known for its otak-otak and seafood.[citation needed]

PoliticsEdit

There are 2 constituencies under Gelang Patah Parliamentary which makes the total voters for this Chinese populated area is about 92 thousand people.

In 2013 general election, Barisan Nasional fielded the incumbent Johor Menteri Besar, Abdul Ghani Othman to contest in Gelang Patah against Democratic Action Party Supremo, Lim Kit Siang, a two-term member of parliament for Ipoh Timur. Lim won the election with a majority of 14,762 votes, defeating Abdul Ghani who captured 39,522 votes.

The DAP veteran then expressed disappointment over Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's decision not to admit former Johor "Menteri Besar" Abdul Ghani Othman into his new cabinet.

It is most unfair and ungrateful for Umno leaders to drop Ghani like a tonne of bricks after he failed to defeat me in Gelang Patah," said Lim.

Sime Darby said Ghani will be appointed as an independent and non-executive director. He had served as the Johor "Menteri Besar" for four terms lasting 18 years.

In the last general election in 2008, Barisan's Tan Ah Eng from the MCA retained the Gelang Patah seat by 8,851-vote majority. defeating Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) Dr Zaleha Mustafa who captured 24, 779 votes, a strong sign that the opposition is making its way.

AdministrationEdit

Kota Iskandar in Iskandar Puteri, the new administration center for Johor Bahru replacing Bukit Timbalan in the heart of Johor is undergoing rapid developments. Multiple large-scale projects were kick-started by the 5th Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi and the town subsequently became a gold mine for ambitious international brands such as Legoland, Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, San Rio Hello Kitty Town and Frost & Sullivan to benefit from the Iskandar Development Territory. Abdullah's intention was to generate massive Foreign Direct Investment especially from neighbouring country, Singapore, and also the middle eastern countries.

With the target to inflow more than RM100 billion FDI under the belt of Iskandar Region Development Authority (IRDA) and with the help of the Federal Government investment arm, Khazanah Nasional Berhad and the Johor State Government, Gelang Patah significantly shifted from being a shantytown to a town of opportunity as it became flooded by foreign companies, foreign forces and expatriates. However, this resulted in an increase in living costs in Gelang Patah.

TransportationEdit

 
Gelang Patah terminal

Bus terminals in Gelang Patah are the GP Sentral and Gelang Patah bus terminals.

EducationEdit

Primary schoolEdit

  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Tiram Duku
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Tanjung Kupang
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Tanjong Adang
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Nusa Perintis
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Sikijang
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Pendas Laut
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Nusantara
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Morni Pok
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Ladang Pendas
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Pulai
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Gelang Patah
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Gelang Patah
  • Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Ming Terk

Secondary schoolEdit

  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tanjung Adang
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Nusajaya
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kompleks Sultan Abu Bakar
  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Gelang Patah

See alsoEdit

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