Johor Bahru

HISTORY

Johor Bahru, like most Malaysian towns and cities, has a relatively new history dating back just over 150 years. It was founded in 1855 by the state’s ruler Temenggong Daing Ibrahim, who set up his administrative headquarters at a fishing village called Tanjung Puteri. ...Continue

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SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

The Malaysian Census in 2010 reported the population of Johor Bahru as 497,067. The city’s population is a mixture of three main ethnicities – Malays, Chinese and Indians- along with other bumiputras. ...Continue

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ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

Johor Bahru is one of the fastest-growing cities in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur. In 2010, the city contributed the second largest GDP in Malaysia, after Kuala Lumpur. It is the main commercial centre for Johor and is located in the Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle. ...Continue

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KOPITIAM AND EATERIES

Restoran Hwa Mui Sutera

50, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor

+6 07-556 4086


Tua Thow Restaurant大头果条

Jalan Tun Abdul Razak (Susur 4), Taman Bakti, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor

+6 07-223 3140


Restoran Ya Wang

28, Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

+6 07-224 8624

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SHOPPING

No. Shopping list Contact details
1. ÆON Mall Bandar Dato’ Onn Address: 3, Jln Dato’ Onn 3, Bandar Dato Onn, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

1-300-80-2366

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Company Name (SSM): Lazuli Sdn Bhd

Farm Name: Cattle Queen Ruminant Park

Type of Business: Agriculture (livestock) and Agro Tourism

Address: Cattle Queen Ranch, Batu 14, Jalan Mersing, 86000, Kluang, Johor.

Telephone: +6 012-748 6080 (Cattle Queen Ruminant Park)

Email: cattlequeenpark@gmail.com 

Website: https://www.cq-ranch.com


Figure Museum

Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, Bukit Senyum, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor

+6 07-222 8802


Istana Besar

107, Jalan Tun Dr Ismail, Taman Istana, 80000 Johor Bahru


Sultan Ibrahim Building

Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

+6 011-3734 1088

 

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  • HISTORY

    Johor Bahru, like most Malaysian towns and cities, has a relatively new history dating back just over 150 years. It was founded in 1855 by the state’s ruler Temenggong Daing Ibrahim, who set up his administrative headquarters at a fishing village called Tanjung Puteri. The early Chinese who arrived in the mid 19th century during the reign of Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim referred to the new settlement as “Little Swatow (Shantou)” as most of them were from the Teochew community whose ancestry can be traced to Shantou, China.

    It was first renamed Iskandar Puteri in 1858. A few years later and now a small town, it was given its present-day name by Ibrahim’s son, Temenggong Abu Bakar, on the first day of 1866, to mark the opening ceremony of its renowned Istana Besar.

    Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque Building Front Entrance, Johor Bahru

    The village rapidly grew into a town during the reign of Abu Bakar. A number of Johor Bahru’s most famous landmarks, including Istana Besar, the residence of the Menteri Besar and the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque (Masjid Negeri), were built during this time. Abu Bakar’s rule in which he was responsible for building the town’s infrastructure and boosting the state’s agriculture based economy was highlighted by the British recognition of him as Sultan.    

    A key personality in this early period of the town’s history was Wong Ah Fook who had close links with the Johor sultan and established himself in building construction and as an influential entrepreneur. Wong is credited with building the Istana Besar, Istana Zahariah, Balai Zahariah and the Johor Bahru Prison and various shops and buildings found in the city today.

    Although the British had long been advisers to Johor, the Sultanate never came under the same direct colonial rule as in the Federated Malay States of Perak, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor. The direct colonial rule only came into effect when the status of the adviser was elevated to a status similar to that of a Resident in the FMS during the reign of Sultan Ibrahim in 1914.

    In the first decade of the 20th century the town’s development was boosted by the completed work to lengthen the Malay Peninsula railway. In 1923, the Johor Bahru Causeway connecting the Malay Peninsula and Singapore by road and rail was opened. The town’s development was not rapid during the World Wars, although the Sultan Ibrahim Building – the state secretariat building –  was finished in the early 1940s. In essence, the rise of the town prior to independence was tied to the fortunes of Singapore.

    After Merdeka and especially since the last three decades, industrial estates and new suburbs have emerged on both the northern and eastern sides of the town, including Plentong and Tebrau. On 1st January 1994, the town was officially recognised as a city. The Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru, the city’s principal public place was built for this significant event.

    The city’s continued expansion since then has seen it become the second largest urban area in the country next to Kuala Lumpur.

  • SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

    Puteri Harbour. Puteri Harbour is a marina development that spans 687 acres (2.8 km²) on the straits of Johor.

    The Malaysian Census in 2010 reported the population of Johor Bahru as 497,067. The city’s population is a mixture of three main ethnicities – Malays, Chinese and Indians- along with other bumiputras. Malays comprise a plurality of the population at 240,323, followed by Chinese totalling 172,609, Indians totaling 73,319 and others totalling 2,957. The Malays in Johor are strongly related to the neighbouring Riau Malays.

    The Chinese mainly are from the Teochew, Hoklo, Hainanese and Hakka dialect groups, while the Indian community mainly and predominantly are Tamils. There are also small populations of Malayalis, Telugus and Sikh Punjabis. The Malays are majority Muslims, while the Chinese are mainly Buddhists and the Indian were mostly Hindus despite there also is a considerable number from the two groups that are Christians and Muslims.

  • ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

    Kota Bridge, Kota Tinggi, Jalan Besar, Pusat Perdagangan Kota Tinggi, 81900, Johor, Malaysia

    Johor Bahru is one of the fastest-growing cities in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur. In 2010, the city contributed the second largest GDP in Malaysia, after Kuala Lumpur. It is the main commercial centre for Johor and is located in the Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle.

    Tertiary-based industry dominates the economy with many international tourists from the regions visiting the city. It is the centre of financial services, commerce and retail, arts and culture, hospitality, urban tourism, plastic manufacturing, electrical and electronics and food processing.

    The main shopping districts are located within the city, with a number of large shopping malls located in the suburbs. The city is the location of numerous conferences, congresses and trade fairs, such as the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Housing and the World Islamic Economic Forum. The city is the first in Malaysia to practise a low-carbon economy. The city has a very close economic relationship with Singapore.

    Several thousand trucks cross between Johor Bahru and Singapore everyday to deliver goods between the Peninsular and the island state for trading activities. Many residents in Singapore frequently visit the city during the weekends; some of them have also chosen to live in the city. Many of the city’s residents work in Singapore.

  • KOPITIAM AND EATERIES

    Restoran Hwa Mui Sutera

    50, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor

    +6 07-556 4086


    Tua Thow Restaurant大头果条

    Jalan Tun Abdul Razak (Susur 4), Taman Bakti, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 07-223 3140


    Restoran Ya Wang

    28, Jalan Segget, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 07-224 8624


    7 Spice Restaurant

    G-01, Block 5, Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Danga Bay, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 07-235 6969


    Johor Bahru Kam Long Curry Fish Head

    74, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 016-752 8382


    Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory

    13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 07-223 1703


    Salahuddin Bakery

    26, Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 012-766 8380


    Restoran Wah Cai 3 In 1 Chinese Cake

    86, Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, 81300 Skudai, Johor

    +6 019-750 5616


    Dywala Wines & Spirits

    No.44, Jalan Tanjung, Taman Dato Penggawa Barat, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 010-214 6962


    Bukit Chagar Roti Canai

    394, Jalan Tengku Azizah, Bukit Chagar, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor


    24 Festive Drums Cafe

    39, Jalan Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

  • SHOPPING

    No. Shopping list Address & Contact
    1. ÆON Mall Bandar Dato’ Onn Address: 3, Jln Dato’ Onn 3, Bandar Dato Onn, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

    1-300-80-2366

    2. ÆON Mall Bukit Indah Address: Grand Mezzanine, No, 8, Jalan Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor

    1-300-80-2366

    3. ÆON Mall Tebrau City Address: G29 & 30, AEON Mall Tebrau City No. 1, Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-364 3785

    4. Angsana Johor Bahru Mall Address: L1.33a, Level, 1, Jalan Tampoi, Pusat Bandar Tampoi, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-235 1420

    5. Beletime Danga Bay Address: No.01-01, Shopping Mall Ground Floor, Bay Point Persiaran Danga Perdana Country Garden, Danga Bay, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor

    012-706 0995

    6. Capital City Shopping Mall Address: Kawasan Perindustrian Tampoi, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-244 8322

    7. Danga City Mall (Temporarily closed for renovations) Address: Jalan Tun Abdul Razak L4 Danga City Mall, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
    8. Galleria @Kotaraya Address: CHAMEK KOPITIAM GALLERIA@KOTARAYA, Jalan Trus, UTC, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-224 7568

    9. Holiday Plaza Address: 145, Jalan Dato Sulaiman, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-331 1275

    10. Johor Bahru City Square Address: 106, 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru

    07-226 3668

    11. Komtar JBCC Address: KOMTAR, Level 3 BUTIK ARMADA LANUN JOHOR, City Centre, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor
    12. KSL City Mall Address: 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-288 2888

    13. The Mall, Mid Valley Southkey Address: The Mall, Mid Valley Southkey, No. 1, Persiaran Southkey 1, Kota Southkey, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-336 9288

    14. Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru Address: Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Taman Bukit Mewah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-231 3888

    15. Paragon Market Place (opening in 2020) Address: No. 135, Jalan Tampoi, Taman Mulia, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-278 1111

    16. Perling Mall 3, Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor
    17. Plaza Pelangi Address: Lot 3.29 & 3.29A, Level, 3, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor

    07-276 2216

    18. Plaza Sentosa Jalan Sutera Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru
    19. R&F Mall JB Address: Tanjung Puteri, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-277 2777

    20. Larkin Junction (opening in 2020) Address: Taman Larkin Perdana, 80350 Johor Bahru, Johor
    21. Toppen Shopping Centre Address: Toppen Shopping Centre, No. 33A, Jln Harmonium, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-277 3188

  • TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES

    Company Name (SSM): Lazuli Sdn Bhd

    Farm Name: Cattle Queen Ruminant Park

    Type of Business: Agriculture (livestock) and Agro Tourism

    Address: Cattle Queen Ranch, Batu 14, Jalan Mersing, 86000, Kluang, Johor.

    Telephone: +6 012-748 6080 (Cattle Queen Ruminant Park)

    Email: cattlequeenpark@gmail.com 

    Website: https://www.cq-ranch.com


    Figure Museum

    Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, Bukit Senyum, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 07-222 8802


    Istana Besar

    107, Jalan Tun Dr Ismail, Taman Istana, 80000 Johor Bahru


    Sultan Ibrahim Building

    Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 011-3734 1088


    Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

    Jalan Gertak Merah, Masjid Sultan Abu Bakar, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor


    The Old Temple Of Johor Bahru

    Lot 653, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru,

    +6 07-277 7858


    Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple

    1a, Jalan Ungku Puan, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000

    +6 07-223 3989


    Sri Raja Mariamman Hindu Temple

    Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor


    Gurdwara Sahib

    Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor


    Church Of The Immaculate Conception Bvm (1902)

    Lot 842, Jalan Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, 71000 PD

    +6 06-647 3080


    Royal Abu Bakar Museum

    Royal Abu Bakar Meseum, Grand Palace, 80500 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    +6 07-223 0555


    Kwong Siew Heritage Gallery Johor Bahru

    24, Jalan Siu Nam, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

    +6 016-728 1218


    Foon Yew High School

    59, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, Kampung Stulang Laut, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-222 4446


    Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum

    42, Jalan Ibrahim, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru,

    07-224 9633


    The Arts Plaza (Plaza Seni)

    Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000


    Senso Art Gallery Cafe

    25A, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000


    Laman Tun Sri Lanang (Tun Sri Lanang Park)

    Jalan Niaga, Pusat Perdagangan Kota Tinggi, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor


    Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru

    Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia


    Danga Bay

    Jalan Bertingkat Skudai, Danga Bay, 80200 Johor Bahru, Johor


    Johor Zoo

    Jalan Gertak Merah, Taman Istana, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

    07-223 0404

  • PERSONALITIES AND CELEBRITIES

    PROMINENT HOMETOWN FIGURES

    Lim Kit Siang (Batu Pahat) Politician
    Tony Pua Politician
    Sazali Samad (Batu Pahat) Body Builder
    Namewee (Muar) Entertainment Artist
    Robert Kuok Hock Nien Business Tycoon
    Vincent Tan Chee Yioun (Batu Pahat) Business Tycoon
    Ismail bin Abdul Rahman Politician and Former Deputy Prime Minister
    Mohamad Fandi bin Othman Soccer Player
    Musa bin Hitam Malaysian Politician and Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
    Hussein bin Onn Former Prime Minister
    Gerald Hans Isaac Actor
    Harith Iskander bin Musa Actor
    Lim Guan Eng Politician
    Billy Ng Seow Meng Badminton Player
    Azalina binti Othman Said Politician
    Wong Ah Fook Pioneer Community Leader and Philanthropist
    Adibah Amin Writer
    Arshad Ayub (Muar) Civil Servant
    James Puthucheary Activist
    Ungku Aziz Academician
    Fatimah Hashim (Muar) Community Leader
    Syed Hussein Alatas Academician
    Syed Naquib Alatas Academician
    Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj Politician
    Syed Husin Ali (Batu Pahat) Politician
    Musa HItam (Segamat) Politician
    Chua Jui Meng (Muar) Politician
    Samy Velu (Kluang) Politician
    M.G.G. Pillai Journalist
    Tawfik Ismail Activist
    Onn Jaafar (Bukit Gambir) Nationalist