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Shah Alam (population 356,066) is a city in Malaysia, about 25 km west of the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur. In 1978, it replaced Kuala Lumpur as the capital city of the state of Selangor due to Kuala Lumpur's incorporation into a Federal Territory.

Long ago, Shah Alam was known as Sungai Renggam and is known only as an oil palm estate. Later, the same area was identified as Batu Tiga prior to Malaysian independence, and has been a centre of palm oil trade for centuries. Its current name was chosen by the then state Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, after his late father Sultan Alam Shah. Many other monuments, buildings and even a street are named after the late Sultan.

Economy
The main plant of the Malaysian car manufacturer Proton is located in Shah Alam. There are many companies who have their main plants in the industrial areas, both local and foreign.

Shah Alam flourished as a growing settlement after the Proton car manufacturing plant was set up, which marked the beginning of the city as an industrial city. The city was granted city status on 10 October 2000 with Dato' Haji Abu Sujak Haji Mahmud as the first City mayor.

Education
The Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM and formerly known as Institut Teknologi MARA or ITM) which is known as Malaysia's affirmative action symbol is located in the state capital. The whole university area covers a whole section at the western hills of the city known as Seksyen 1. At Seksyen 17, there is also a campus of UiTM, named INTEC, where its students undergo preparation programmes for overseas studies.

Other institutions of higher learning in Shah Alam include Universiti Industri Selangor and PTPL College.

Shah Alam is also served by many primary and secondary schools.

Culture
The city also boasts the huge and modern Shah Alam Stadium with a capacity of 81, 000 and 5,500 parking lots where many fairs were held and the stadium is where the Selangor state team plays its football. A smaller indoor stadium, Stadium Melawati, and the Selangor Aquatic Centre are located nearby.

 
 
 
Transportation
Its main KTM Commuter Station is the 'Shah Alam' station which is situated at the southern part of the city in Seksyen 19. Shah Alam is well connected to other main cities in Klang Valley by highways, mainly by the Federal Highway, North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), Shah Alam Expressway (KESAS), Guthrie Corridor Expressway and the North-South Expressway (PLUS). Shah Alam is well connected to main transportation hubs such as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (30 km south of the city) and KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur. Buses and taxis are easy to find at commercial areas in the city.
 
   

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