Setapak is a mukim in Gombak District, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Formerly a tin-mining and rubber-growing area, in Malay tapak means 'step' so Setapak means 'one step', probably referring to the close proximity of the suburb to Kuala Lumpur. Another explanation of the origin of its name traces to its historical roots.[citation needed]

Setapak view


The earliest inhabitants of Setapak were the aborigines (orang asli), and the Minangkabaus.[1] On 12 April 1884 Frank Swettenham, the British Resident of Selangor pleaded for the re-appointment of Batu Tapak as the headman of the aborigines living in that area, and hence the name Setapak, in honour of the headman.

Geographical definitionEdit

The mukim (commune/subdistrict) of Setapak is situated north-east of Kuala Lumpur in the constituency of Gombak and has an area of 62 square miles (160 km2). The northern limit of Setapak is Gunung Bunga Buah; its north-eastern limit is Genting Sempah on the Pahang border; to the east is Bukit Dinding and to the south-east is the Rifle range. The state constituency of Gombak Setia roughly corresponds to the boundaries of the mukim of Setapak; before 1974 it also includes what is today the parliamentary constituencies of Wangsa Maju and Setiawangsa.

The Gombak River with its source in Gunung Bunga Buah, is the main river flowing through the mukim. Setapak consists of Gombak town, Kampung Padang Balang, Kampung Baru Air Panas and a number of other villages.[2]

Today, what is regarded as 'Setapak' consists of the township of Wangsa Maju, as well as the first few kilometres of Jalan Pahang and some surrounding areas. The Titiwangsa Recreational Park is located just south of Setapak. Loke Yew Hill is a place of major historical interest in this town. Named after the Chinese philanthropist, this hill contains ruins of a fortress surrounding the dilapidated villa which belonged to the Loke family. It is also the burial ground for the Loke family.

Zoo Negara Malaysia

In 1961 the Zoological society was formed, and the National Zoo of Malaysia (Zoo Negara) in Setapak was officially opened by the Prime Minister on 16 November 1963. The Zoo is situated about 13 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur, onroute to Ulu Klang and situated on a 42-acre (17 ha) semi-virgin jungle with a reserve of 100 acres (40 ha) for further development.

Member of Parliament/ State AssemblyEdit

Representatives of Setapak
Constituency State Representative
Gombak (parliamentary constituency) Selangor Mohd Azmin ()
Wangsa Maju (parliamentary constituency) Kuala Lumpur Tan Yee Kew (PKR)
Setiawangsa (parliamentary constituency) Kuala Lumpur Nik Azmi Nik Ahmad (PKR)
Gombak Setia (state constituency) Selangor Muhammad Hilman Idham (PKR)



Gombak LRT station

The Kelana Jaya Line has five LRT stations in the Setapak region - Gombak LRT station, Taman Melati LRT station, Wangsa Maju LRT station, Sri Rampai LRT station and Setiawangsa LRT station.

Governmental InstitutionsEdit



Setapak has been categorised as a hot spot for drug activities in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian authorities had in the past caught several drug abusers in the suburb.[3][4]

A lecturer from Palestine was shot dead in Setapak in front of Idaman Puteri Condominium on 21 April 2018 at 6am.[5] The attack was widely condemned by Malaysians.


  1. ^ "Setapak: The next investment gem". 24 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Setapak (Sejarah Malaysia)". Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia. Archived from the original on January 18, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  3. ^ "Setapak, Wangsa Maju dan Sentul kawasan panas aktiviti dadah". Utusan Online. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  4. ^ "Setapak, Wangsa Maju and Sentul, hot spots for dug activities". Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  5. ^ "University lecturer gunned down in Setapak - Nation | The Star Online". Retrieved 2018-06-08.

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Coordinates: 3°12′13″N 101°43′28″E / 3.20361°N 101.72444°E / 3.20361; 101.72444