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Klang, also spelled Kelang, is a busy port town that lies on the Klang River in the state of Selangor, which is on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and the country's most developed state. Klang was the former capital of Selangor, before it changed to Kuala Lumpur, but many Malaysians are now quick to dismiss Klang, believing that there is nothing to see there. However, Klang has lots to offer to Malaysians and foreigners alike.

Not only does it have the biggest Little India in Malaysia, and is the alleged birthplace of the Malaysian dish 'bak kut teh', which is typically eaten by 'Klangites' for breakfast, but it also takes pride in its rich history. This is reflected in the preservation of colonial and neo-classical buildings, which can be admired on the three-kilometre Royal Klang Heritage Walk that is provided free-of-charge by the Klang Municipal Council and Tourism Selangor to showcase the town's 24 tourist attractions.

Located in the south of Klang on this trail is the Alam Shah Palace, which is the official residence of the Sultan of Selangor and where he carries out his official duties. All ceremonies involving the Selangor royalty are also held there, making Klang an important destination in Malaysia to this day.

Local economy and employment opportunities

Port Klang, also spelled Port Kelang, is located about 40km from the capital of Kuala Lumpur and is the largest of Malaysia's seven main federal ports. Its proximity to the greater Klang Valley the commercial and industrial hub of the country ensures that the port plays a pivotal role in Malaysia's economic development. Port Klang is currently being developed as the National Load Centre, which will secure its identity as a regional hub and transshipment base that attracts Main Line Operators. The port handles almost half of Malaysia's container trade, as well as having trade connections with over 120 countries and dealings with more than 500 ports globally. Consequently, Klang attracts expatriates that have qualifications and experience in the shipping sector, and the projected further expansion of port facilities is likely to ensure that the demand for foreign talent increases.

The Klang district is also known as a region for rubber and fruit-growing, pineapple canning, and the manufacture of rubber footwear and herbicides.

Tourism Selangor has recently launched its 'Discover Selangor' campaign with the tagline, 'Heart of Malaysia' to highlight what the state has to offer, and to strengthen its tourism industry (particulary in the fields of sports, medical and business tourism). There are hopes that the Klang Municipal Council will be involved in this campaign to further boost the royal town as a tourist destination, and the Klang Art Fest 2017 will play a strategic role in this.

As a major port with an increasing emphasis on tourism, Klang is developing into a key area in Malaysia to work and live. Highly skilled engineers, technicians and researchers will be well placed in the town.

As the commercial heart of the country, the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley is a crucial component in the government's plan to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020. The Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley is one of the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) that the Economic Transformation Programme is divided into. Each NKEA has nine Entry Point Projects (EPPs), which are specific initiatives and business investment opportunities to stimulate growth. The first of these EPPs focuses on attracting 100 of the world’s most dynamic firms, while the second aims to attract internal and external talent. This means that foreign expertise is particularly welcome in this region of Malaysia.

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The dialect of Hokkien is widely spoken in the town and, given its trade links, having good knowledge of mandarin or other Asian languages will serve you well.

Finding a job

It's worth browsing through business directories to look for a job in Klang. It's also a good idea to search the websites of big companies particularly those in the shipping and manufacturing sectors. If you are looking to be hired in the shipping industry, any local contacts will also be invaluable to you.

Additionally, it's advisable to search on various job websites. Expatriate forums will provide insightful information, and small and medium-sized enterprises will often advertise any vacancies on professional social networks, such as LinkedIn.

 Useful links:

Jobs DB
Port Klang Free Zone
Yalwa - Professional Directory Klang

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