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The Kulai District is a district in the state of Johor, Malaysia. Its district capital is Kulai Town. It covers Kulai Town, Ayer Bemban, Bandar Putra Kulai, Bukit Batu, Indahpura, Kangkar Pulai, Kelapa Sawit, Saleng, Sedenak, Seelong, Senai, Sengkang and Taman Putri. Kulai is also within Iskandar Malaysia economic zone.

Kulai District
Malaysia District of Malaysia
Daerah Kulai
Other transcription(s)
 • Jawi دايره كولاي
 • Chinese 古来县
 • Tamil கூலாய்
Flag of Kulai District
Location of Kulai District in Johor
Location of Kulai District in Johor
Kulai District is located in Malaysia
Kulai District
Kulai District
Location of Kulai District in Malaysia
Coordinates: 1°40′N 103°36′E / 1.667°N 103.600°E / 1.667; 103.600Coordinates: 1°40′N 103°36′E / 1.667°N 103.600°E / 1.667; 103.600
Country  Malaysia
State  Johor
Seat Kulai
Local area government(s) Kulai Municipal Council
 • District officer Kamarudin Abdullah
 • Total 753.75 km2 (291.02 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 223,306
 • Density 300/km2 (770/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+8 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+8 (Not observed)
Postcode 81xxx
Calling code +6-07
Vehicle registration plates J



The name Kulai was derived from Mandarin Chinese words of 龟来 (pinyin: Guīlái) which means turtles are coming after the influx of turtle coming to the area after heaving flooding.[3]


With an area of 753.75 km2, Kulai is the smallest district in Johor, covering 3.96% of the state area.[4]


Kulai Old Town

Kulai sub-district was upgraded to a full-fledged district on 1 January 2008 and renamed as Kulaijaya District.[5] The district is recognised as the state's 9th district.[6]

On 28 August 2015, Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail ibni Sultan Iskandar ordered the state government to change Kulaijaya's name back to its original Kulai name.[7][8]


Kulai District Office

The local authorities of Kulai are Kulai Municipal Council and Johor Bahru Tengah Municipal Council, the part of southern Kulai, etc.: Kangkar Pulai. Kulai Town also the administry centre of Kulai District and Kulai Municipal Council.

Administrative divisionsEdit

Kulai District is divided into 4 mukims:[9]


The Chinese (65.4%) are concentrated in Kulai and Senai Town while the Malay population (26.5%) mostly on FELDA settlements and on some traditional Malay villages along the old trunk road. The Indians (7.8%) are mostly working in rubber estates, factories or run their businesses.[10]

The Chinese community in Kulai are mainly of the Hakka dialect group.

Federal Parliament and State Assembly SeatsEdit

List of Kulai district representatives in the Federal Parliament (Dewan Rakyat)

Parliament Seat Name Member of Parliament Party
P163 Kulai Teo Nie Ching Pakatan Harapan (PH)

List of Kulai district representatives in the State Legislative Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri)

Parliament State Seat Name State Assemblyman Party
P163 N50 Bukit Permai Tosrin Bin Jaruanthi Pakatan Harapan (PH)
P163 N51 Bukit Batu Jimmy Puah Wee Tse Pakatan Harapan (PH)
P163 N52 Senai Tee Boon Tsong Pakatan Harapan (PH)

Other TownsEdit


The main economy activities in the district are information and communication technology, biotechnology and logistics.[11]

Tourist attractionsEdit

Hutan Bandar Putra



Kulai Bus Terminal

Skudai Highway or Federal route 1 is the most important inner link in Kulai District, with many access along the road such as Senai Airport Highway 16, Skudai–Pontian Highway 5, Jalan Kulai-Kota Tinggi 94, Diamond Interchange (access to Bandar Putra, Indahpura and proposed new NSE exit), proposed Kulai Inner Ring Road. The government proposed to open a new road, Kulai-Senai Bypass, to resolve the traffic jam problem of the Skudai Highway.

Kulai was an important stopover on the Johor Bahru-Kuala Lumpur trunk road in the 1970s and 1980s until the North–South Expressway (NSE) E2 opened in 1994, which bypassed the town. Senai North Interchange (NSE)EXIT 253 is the connection to Singapore (from the east to the west).NSE is also one of the access points to the Mount Pulai nature reserve. Senai Airport, the international airport which serves Johor is within the municipality.

The Second Link Expressway E3 is also an access to connect to Iskandar Puteri, Singapore (Tuas). The Senai–Desaru Expressway (SDE)   connects Senai and Desaru more quickly.


The district also has one railway station run by the Malayan Railway (KTM) in Kulai Town.


Senai International Airport

The district houses the Senai International Airport which is located in Senai.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Profil Daerah".
  2. ^ "Population Distribution and Basic Demographic Characteristics, 2010" (PDF). Department of Statistics, Malaysia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Kulai". Tourism Johor. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa Negeri Johor" (PDF). Plan Malaysia @ Johor (in Malay). Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Daerah Kecil Kulai dinaik taraf".
  6. ^ "Ledang set to become Johor's newest district - Nation - The Star Online".
  7. ^ "Sultan: Change Kulaijaya's name back to Kulai". 29 August 2015.
  8. ^ hermesauto (7 December 2015). "Johor's administrative capital Nusajaya to be renamed Iskandar Puteri".
  9. ^ Profil_Februari.pdf. "Dokumen/Kulaijaya" (PDF).
  10. ^ "Tanjung Piai folk travel in huge numbers to support Ong - Nation - The Star Online".
  11. ^ "Muafakat ke Arah #Johor Berkemajuan" (PDF). Muafakat Johor (in Malay). Retrieved 17 March 2018.

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