Above Subang Jaya, Shah Alam & Setia Alam

Prologue

Last Thursday, 04 Feb 2010, I took a noon Firefly flight from KL Subang Airport (SZB) bound for Penang (PEN). The flight utilised the France-made turboprop plane, ATR-72. Soon after taking off Runway 15, the plane climbed and made a tight right turn, flying over Subang Jaya, Shah Alam and Setia Alam, whence these aerial pics …

Thursday, 04 Feb 2010

Above Subang Jaya, and one immediately knows why traffic is so bad down there – just look at how dense the houses are, sliced right down the middle by the KESAS Expressway.

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Past the horror of Subang Jaya, and we see the northern part of Shah Alam. The clam-like structure to the left is the Shah Alam Stadium, which can fit 70,000 ppl, built for half a billion ringgits in the early 90s. Been there once, for a Deep Purple concert!

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A part of metro Shah Alam, if one can describe so. Can be clearly seen, the landmark Blue Mosque, built mid-80s, can fit 24,000 worshippers. Biggest in Malaysia, 2nd in Southeast Asia, 2nd tallest minarets in the world (at 142.2m), or so they claim.

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Now we see what is regarded as the centre of Shah Alam, the clump of buildings at the bottom. Still a lot of greenery around, which is a credit to the city.

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The plane passes central Shah Alam and to the north, we see what is left of a once large forest reserve. Looking desolate and fragile, it’s now the protected Bukit Cherakah Forest Reserve, surrounded by greedy developers. A major green lung in the Klang Valley, hopefully it’ll be there forever.

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As the plane makes a slight right turn to head north, we swing by the new township of Setia Alam, supposedly low density (cf. Subang Jaya pic above), well-planned and eco-friendly … and our house can be clearly seen down there. Guess which? 😀

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> THE END

7 Responses to “Above Subang Jaya, Shah Alam & Setia Alam”

  1. John K says:

    When you are an air passenger, how do you know where is where (eg. Subang jaya)?

  2. naim says:

    Just look out for landmarks you might be familiar with – buildings, structures, roads, expressways, rivers, lakes. It also helps if you know the orientation – where north/south/east/west are.

  3. Jason says:

    Hi Naim, these pics are great. I can really connect with them. I stayed in Subang Jaya for over 20 years, moved to Setia Alam 2 years back and worked in Shah Alam for many years. I am familiar with these places, just that never seen them from a bird’s eye view. Thanks for sharing.
    My guess will be eco park or precinct 6B.

  4. naim says:

    Thanks, Jason, ours is Precinct 6B. 🙂
    http://m.naim.my/moving-to-a-new-den/

  5. Fitri Shukri says:

    Thank you for interesting geography lesson.

  6. Yusoff says:

    Lemme guess which is ur ‘humble’ abode.. ehehee…
    It’s among those white-walls red-roof semi-d right next to the highway (Guthrie? Most probably not) stretched horizontally, rite? 😉

  7. naim says:

    More or less there … along the Setia Alam highway (running left-right), with toll plaza to enter NKVE just out of pic to the right.

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