Infobox City |official_name = Kulai
other_name = 古来 كورالا
nickname = Kulai, the turtle town.
motto = 'Cemerlang, Sejahtera'
(English: 'Excellence, Peaceful')
website = http://www.johordt.gov.my/mdkulai



pushpin_label_position = right
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name = Malaysia
subdivision_name1 = Johor
subdivision_type2 = Local Authorities
subdivision_name2 = Majlis Perbandaran Kulai (MPKu, Kulai Municipal Council)
established_title = Establishment
established_date = 1890
established_title2 = Sub-urban status
established_date2 = 2004
leader_title = Yang diPertua Majlis
leader_name = Ismail Karim
area_magnitude = Town
area_total_sq_mi =
area_total_km2 =
population_total = 159,427(within MPKu Control Area) (4th)
population_metro =
population_density_sq_mi =
population_density_km2 =
timezone = MST
utc_offset = +8
timezone_DST = Not observed
elevation_m =
elevation_ft =
latd = 1
latm = 40
lats = 00
latNS = N
longd = 103
longm = 36
longs = 00
longEW = E
footnotes =

Kulai (zh-tsp|t=古來|s=古来|p=gulái), is a town in the Kulaijaya district of Johor, Malaysia. The town is 29 km from Johor Bahru city and 8 km from Skudai.


) which is earlier known as the Kulai District Council.

And Kulai sub-district was upgraded to full-fledged district since 1st of January 2008 and renamed as Kulaijaya District.

Future Development

Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the state government will upgrade Kulai, now a sub-district of Johor Bahru, into a full-fledged district in 2008.

“We are looking for a suitable site to build the administrative centre," he said.

He said plans were under way to provide both Ledang and Kulai with all the necessary district facilities.Facts|date=February 2007

The Administrative Centre of Kulai District was proposed to be constructed in Indahpura, in the New Town Centre of Kulai.


The locals are mostly involved in the agriculture sector, particularly in the oil palm and rubber estates surrounding the town. Many of the people work in small retail shops, which are located along the trunk road. Kulai has the first settlement of FELDA's (Federal Land Development Agency) oil palm plantation in the country - FELDA Taib Andak, which was launched by the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak. Kulai is still one of the main producers of palm oil in the country due to its numerous oil palm plantations. Kulai also exports fresh vegetables to Singapore on a daily basis.

The economy of Kulai has improved with numerous factories being set up in both Kulai and Senai. There are some public listed companies which have their offices in Kulai.

Kulai is also within the Iskandar Development Region (IDR).


The town is located along the old trunk road linking Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru. The main road is lined with many retail shops. There are also many housing estates within the township. The town is surrounded by rubber and oil palm estates.


The Chinese are concentrated in Kulai and Senai Town while the Malay are mostly in the Felda Scheme settlements. The Indians are mostly working in rubber estates.


Kulai was an important stopover on the Johor Bahru-Kuala Lumpur trunk road in the 1970s and 1980s until the North-South Expressway opened in 1994, which bypassed the town. The trunk road is now identified as Road One.

The town also has a small railway station run by the Malayan Railway and is also one of the access points to the Gunung Pulai nature reserve. Senai Airport, the international airport which serves Johor is within the municipality.

The town is accessible by road through the North-South Expressway and the old trunk road, by rail operated by the Malayan Railway (KTM) and by air through the Senai International Airport.


The Chinese community in Kulai are mainly of the Hakka dialect group. There are a few Chinese temples and churches serving the needs of the Chinese community.

Chinese Taoist temples include the "Thousand Fairies" Temple along the old trunk road, the "Seven Sisters" temple and other smaller temples.

Churches in Kulai include the Presbyterian Church(SYNOD), Christ the King Catholic Church, Baptist Church and churches of other denominations.

The Masjid Jamek is located within Kulai town and serve the needs of the Muslim townfolks.

Notable Residents

*Mawi - the winner of the 2005 Akademi Fantasia singing competition and now becomes among the most popular Malaysian singer, from FELDA Taib Andak.

*Penny Tai - popular female singer and the winner of Best Composer (爱疯了) at Taiwanese Golden Melody Awards 2006 (金曲奖).

External links

* [http://kulai.net/ Town website set up by local community]
* [http://kulaitalks.net/ Town forum set up by local community - kulaitalks.net]


* [http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/11/20/nation/16075342&sec=nation Muar to say goodbye to Tangkak] , The Star, November 20, 2006

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