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, and Sengkang. Kulai is also within Iskandar Malaysia economic zone.
|• Jawi||دايره كولاي|
Location of Kulai District in Johor
|Local area government(s)||Kulai Municipal Council|
|• District officer||Haji Mohd Khir Johari bin Salleh|
|• Total||753.75 km2 (291.02 sq mi)|
|• Density||300/km2 (770/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+8 (Not observed)|
|Vehicle registration plates||J|
The district was formerly part of Pulai Valley, which covered Mukim Pulai and the current subdistrict. In 1892, Chinese Hakka peoples lead by Huang Guo Mao migrated to Johor and opened a settlement in the area. The Hakkan renamed the place, 龟来 (pinyin: Guīlái) which means turtles are coming after the influx of turtle coming to the area after heaving flooding.
With an area of 753.75 km2, Kulai is the smallest district in Johor, covering 3.96% of the state area  and a population of 223,306 at the 2010 Census (provisional result). It has a mix of urban and rural settlements with a majority of the population settling in towns near Johor Bahru. These population centers, such as Kulai and Senai effectively became suburbs of the greater metropolitan area in Kulai district.
Kulai was a former sub-district of Johor Bahru. The subdistrict was upgraded to the full district status on 1 January 2008 as District of Kulaijaya. The district is recognised as the state's 9th district. On 28 August 2015, Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail ibni Sultan Iskandar decreed to revert Kulaijaya's name back to its original name.
The local authorities of Kulai are Kulai Municipal Council and Iskandar Puteri City Council, the part of southern Kulai, etc.: Kangkar Pulai. Kulai Town also the administry centre of Kulai District and Kulai Municipal Council.
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 (DAP)|
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||Perikatan Nasional (PPBM)|
|P163||N51||Bukit Batu||Jimmy Puah Wee Tse||Pakatan Harapan (PKR)|
|P163||N52||Senai||Tee Boon Tsong||Pakatan Harapan (DAP)|
The main economy activities in the district are information and communication technology, biotechnology and logistics.
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.
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