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About Cyberjaya

Cyberjaya

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset over Cyberjaya (2010)

History

 

 


The idea of an IT-themed city, Cyberjaya, arose out of a study by management consultancy McKinsey for the Multimedia Super Corridor commissioned by the Federal Government of Malaysia in 1995. The implementation agency was the Town & Country Planning Department of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government. The catalyst is the agreement by NTT in 1996 to site an R&D center at a site to the west of the new Malaysian administration center, Putrajaya.

Multimedia Development Corporation (then known as MDC), the agency overseeing the implementation of the MSC was located in Cyberjaya to oversee the creation. The real estate implementation was privatised to Cyberview Sdn Bhd (Cyberview) in early 1997. At the time, Cyberview was set up a joint-venture comprising entities such as Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd (SHSB), Nippon Telephone and Telegraph (NTT), Golden Hope, MDeC, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) and Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB), representative of the Selangor Government. SHSB, a consortium comprising Renong, Landmarks, MKLand and Country Heights, was asked to take the lead regarding the development. Federal government linked companies Telekom Malaysia and Tenaga Nasional were conscripted to provide the telecommunication and power supply infrastructure. The ambitious plan was to develop the first phase, comprising 1,430 hectares by year 2006, with the remaining 1,460 hectares to be developed after year 2011. The engineering management consultant, Pengurusan Lebuhraya Bhd (now acquired by Opus International Malaysia) was appointed to manage the construction of utilities and infrastructure, overseeing major construction firms of Peremba and United Engineers Malaysia (UEM).

The central theme for the development is providing a quantum jump in standards, summarised as follows:

  • a leading edge multimedia center that will attract world-class multimedia/IT companies;
  • sophisticated and state-of-the-art integrated infrastructure and IT system; and
  • sophisticated and efficient transportation systems with an emphasis on public transport

However, due to the late 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, the undertaking was deemed no longer viable and necessitated the Government taking over of the 55% and 15% stake in Cyberview shares held by SHSB and NTT respectively via the Ministry of Finance Inc (MOF Inc). The transaction gave MOF Inc a 70% stake and Cyberview has remained a government-owned company ever since. Cyberview then entered into an agreement with SHSB with shareholders comprising Country Heights Holdings Berhad (CHHB), Landmarks, Menara Embun (an MKLand Controlled Company) and Renong (now UEM World) with equal shares of 25%; granting SHSB the right to develop Cyberjaya as the master developer, while Cyberview became the landowner. In 2004, CHHB and Landmarks sold their equity interest in SHSB to MKLand-controlled companies, namely Modern Eden (12.5%), Impressive Circuits (12.5%) and Virtual Path (25%), resulting in MKLand-controlled companies becoming the majority shareholder of SHSB.

Cyberview's role grew to include implementing various development and government initiatives, while SHSB carried on its role as the master developer. In addition to this, Cyberview was also tasked to undertake city-wide maintenance and spearhead investor interface and community-centric programmes in Cyberjaya.

 

 

 

 

Recreation facilities

 


Parks

 


The Cyberjaya Lake Gardens (Cyberjaya Lake Club)is a 400-acre (1.6 km2) 'green lung' for Cyberjaya. Presently, about 86 acres (35 ha) of the land has been developed with facilities including Visitor's Information Centre, Boardwalk, Look-Out Tower, children's playground, 15 acres (6.1 ha) of main lake and 29 acres (12 ha) of natural and wetland. The Lake Gardens is now gaining popularity amongst the local community. Many community events including fishing competitions have attracted thousands to this lake. In September 2007, the Cyberjaya 50th Merdeka Carnival Celebration has attracted more than 4,000 anglers and it was registered as the biggest fishing competition by the Malaysia Book of Records.

 

 

 

Panorama of Putrajaya from Cyberjaya Lake Gardens in February 2011.

Other outdoor recreational facilities include the mini park, adjacent to the Multimedia University; the 3.5 km promenade area next to the Putrajaya Lake; and the Sports Arena which offers more than 360 free parking bays, 1 basketball court, 1 tennis court, 2 futsal courts, a football field and a small food court.

For indoor recreational facilities, the Cyberjaya Community Club, developed by Cyberview, has been the point of congregation for many including some from outside Cyberjaya. With 2 futsal courts, 2 badminton courts, a gymnasium and 2 squash courts; all indoor and outdoor recreational facilities including basketball court, 2 tennis courts, swimming pool, a go-kart circuit and golf driving range; it is a hive of activity, especially after 5.30 pm.

 

 


Nightlife

 


Cyberview Resort & Spa in February 2011.

While some companies in Cyberjaya operate 24 hours a day, nightlife in Cyberjaya can be further improved. There is Hops and Grapes (a pub at Century Square) and Treehaus (at Cyberview Resort and Spa). The franchise Old Town White Coffee has entered the F&B scene at Prima Avenue and it is operated 24/7. Hassan's Cafe and D'Arif are the other food outlets which operate 24/7.

Latest additions to the Cyberjaya night scene are Buddies Cafe, Siagol, Mak Teh, JS Maju and RIM. These are shoplets owned by the Malaysian Indian Muslim community; they are open 24/7 as well. One can enjoy late-night gathering sessions with friends or a meal for many who work the night shifts in the multinational companies around Cyberjaya.

A new bar-restaurant named Bull Rock Bar is open. It is near The Domain and serves French/Belgian food and snacks, liquors and beers from all over the world. The address is 59-G Neo Cyber, Lingkaran Cyber Point Barat.


 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberjaya

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