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Subang Jaya is in the Petaling District of the state of Selangor, just over a 20-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur. As the congestion in the capital increases, towns like Subang Jaya have benefitted, and a large number of those who work in Kuala Lumpur reside in and commute from Subang Jaya.

There has been a boom in the population over the years, as it is considered an economical alternative to living in KL, while still being in close proximity to the capital. Its connectivity to other prominent areas via major highways and various public transport, including the KTM Komuter train and the Kelana Jaya LRT line extension, also makes it a highly sought-after municipality.

The President of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council believes that the multi-racial population from various strata of society is the driving force behind Subang Jaya’s success. It most certainly makes it an interesting place to live and it'll be hard to get bored here, thanks to a variety of eateries, entertainment outlets and shopping malls.

Local economy and employment market

With the growth in population, industries are thriving, and more businesses are setting up offices and factories in this area. Subang Jaya is known as an industrial hub in the Klang Valley, and the headquarters of some well-known national and international companies are located in its industrial parks. Subang Jaya was once part of Petaling Jaya and was transformed from a rubber plantation into a modern municipality with good infrastructure and facilities. Its first major housing estates were developed in 1974, and it was upgraded to become a municipality in 1997. It is still pushing for city status to provide improved council services for those living within the city boundaries, which is believed in turn to create a domino effect of better service delivery.

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council affirms that they have not only met but surpassed the required criteria for becoming a city. Its infrastructure is ever developing, and an urban forest was even launched in 2016. The council is now focusing more on improving its services, after scoring high in the Malaysian Urban-Rural National Indicators Network on Sustainable Development.

The centre of Subang Jaya is also undergoing a transformation thanks to a new development that is set to be the gateway to the municipality. The Subang Jaya public transport interchange, which will include the LRT, KTM Rail, Park & Ride facilities and bus networks, will be at the heart of the development. It is believed that this increased accessibility will be the catalyst for Subang Jaya becoming a vibrant 'Live, Work and Play' destination. This development is intended to integrate a mix of retail outlets, hotels, service apartments and office suites.

Subang Jaya is often known as an education hub that boasts some of the country's top schools, colleges and universities. The opening of a GEMS International School is also set to create more career opportunities for those in the field of education.

With upcoming developments complementing existing ones, Subang Jaya is set to blaze the trail as a developed town fit for living and working, which means there are ever increasing opportunities for foreigners.

Finding a job in Subang Jaya

Job vacancies are often posted on career websites and those of major companies. Professional networks will also help you to connect with potential employers and even stand to be headhunted. If you're already in Subang Jaya, then attending business networking events can be a good way to meet people in your industry, or you can register with a recruitment agency.

  Useful links:

Subang Jaya's Urban Regenaration Scheme
Yalwa Business Directory Subang Jaya

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