Sunday, August 5, 2007

States Of Malaysia - Selangor

From Wikipedia & Malaysiana1.

Selangor Darul Ehsan (Honest Land) is the most developed and central state of Malaysia. It is on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is bordered by Perak to the north, Pahang to the east, Negeri Sembilan to the south and the Straits of Melaka to the west.

It totally surrounds the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

The origin of the name Selangor is derived from the term Selang Ur meaning "land of the straits" (ur means "land" in Sanskrit, selang means "straits" in Bahasa Malaysia).

The state capital is Shah Alam and the royal town is Klang (the original capital), which is the country’s major port. A third major urban centre is Petaling Jaya, which together with Shah Alam is a city.

Selangor was the original home of the Johor Empire, before it shifted southwards to modern Johor’s districts Muar and Johor Baru.

In 1740, under the leadership of Johor prince Raja Lumu, Selangor became an independent monarchy. Raja Lumu became Sultan Salahuddin Shah 1 of Selangor.

In the 19th century, Selangor, like Perak to the north, became a major tin mining centre. This attracted a large influx of Chinese migrant workers.

The British conquered Selangor in 1875 and ruled the state until Malaysia’s independence on August 31, 1957.

Indigenous Malays (mostly Johoreans or Selangorians) make up 53 per cent of the population, followed by Chinese at 28 per cent and Indians at 19 per cent.

Selangor is divided into 9 districts namely Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor, Klang, Hulu Selangor (Kuala Kubu Baru), Gombak (Selayang), Petaling (Petaling Jaya), Hulu Langat (Kajang), Sepang and Kuala Langat (Banting).

Traditional cuisine in Selangor is mainly Johorean / Selangorian. A great many indigenous people of Selangor are Javanese origin, whose ancestors migrated from Johor during the days of empire.

Popular indigenous dishes include Javanese dishes such as Bandung Mee, Lontong and Java Mee, and Satay (Malaysian Kebab).

The most famous Chinese delicacy here is the herbal pork soup Bak Kut Teh (Pork Rib Soup).

Kuala Selangor and Klang are famous for seafood.