|density||6,569.1 Ew. / km²|
|mayor||Mohamad Roslan Sakiman|
Petaling Jaya is the largest city in the state of Selangor, which has long since grown beyond its original borders due to its urbanization . Petaling Jaya has now completely filled the space between the capital of Selangor, Shah Alam, and Kuala Lumpur. For the most part, Petaling Jaya consists of residential buildings , mostly single and multi-family houses, and some of the largest shopping centers with many small shops, as they are typical for Malaysia ( see also : 1 Utama .). There are also extensive industrial sectors , such as the Guinness-Anchor Berhad (GAB) breweries, Dutch Lady, Nestle, Unilever, and many others.
Originally, Petaling Jaya was intended as an alternative to Kuala Lumpur and housed inexpensive and subsidized housing ("low cost housing").
In 2006, Petaling Jaya, spanning 97.2 square kilometers, was given city status and is managed by Majlis Bandaraja Petaling Jaya (MBPJ). Petaling Jaya is one of the wealthiest cities in the country and has approximately 500,000 residents, the majority (55%) of which are of Chinese descent. In many districts such as SS2, the proportion is significantly higher (over 80%).
The only German-speaking school in Malaysia with all branches of education is located in Petaling Jaya . The German School Kuala Lumpur is part of the educational association of German schools abroad. With the Universiti Malaya , Petaling Jaya is also home to the oldest and most prestigious state university in the country.
The public road network and the local transport network are connected to that of Kuala Lumpur. The Federal Highway (Lebuhraya Persekutuan) divides Petaling Jaya. In addition to a relatively comprehensive bus system (RapidKL, Putra-Feeder buses), Petaling Jaya is also connected to the very reliable rapid transit system (RapidKL, formerly PutraLRT). The taxi is a widely used means of transport , as not everyone can afford their own car and taxis are very cheap.
Petaling Jaya is divided into districts. There are two major groups: the sections (seksyen) that surround the original core of Petaling Jaya and the "SS" districts (Sungai Way-Subang districts).
There are the following districts: