Cyberjaya has seen many changes since it first opened in 1999. If in the past house buyers are hesitant about building a home in this township, which many regarded as ‘too quiet’and ‘too far’from Kuala Lumpur city center, much of this mindset has taken a 180 degree turn in 2011.
Since its launch, more than 500 MNCs and local corporations have located their operations in Cyberjaya, which has turned the township into a rapidly growing community. Cyberjaya has proven to be a true regional and global ICT hub that rivals the best of the bests in the world. And with that remarkable reputation it is just right that it is home to some of the best properties that money can buy.
Spanning an area of about 28.94 square kilometres (7,000 acres), the town is the nucleus of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) or now known as MSC Malaysia. The site for Cyberjaya was primarily undeveloped land consisting of oil palm plantations. It has since seen extensive building activities including a boutique hotel, numerous commercial buildings, offices for MSC Status companies; universities, a community club and the headquarters for the local authority.It was built to be the city of the future, but no actual goals towards this end have been announced. The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) (formerly MDC), the agency tasked with spearheading the MSC's progress also has its headquarters in the heart of Cyberjaya.
Living in Cyberjaya
An early component of Cyberjaya was the Multimedia University, known locally as MMU. The university's enrolment in Cyberjaya is currently about 20,277 students. Approximately 19% of these are international students from 80 countries. Faculty departments include Engineering, Information Technology, Creative Multimedia and Management. Like Cyberjaya, MMU turned 10 in 2007. Its Cyberjaya campus opened in Malaysia's first intelligent city of Cyberjaya, on 8 July 1999. This campus was the brainchild of the country's fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as a center of learning and research for the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), a 750 km² area designated as the country's high-tech research and industrial area.Recent additions to Cyberjaya in 2006 includes the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences which has recently opened for enrolment. Also, there is a Sekolah Seri Puteri which is a National Secondary Full Boarding School (Bahasa Malaysia: Sekolah Berasrama Penuh) for girls.
To cater for schoolgoing children of the general population of Cyberjaya, there are also primary Sekolah Kebangsaan Cyberjaya & secondary (Sekolah Menengah Cyberjaya) public schools provided in Cyberjaya. The student population is about 350 and 750 for the primary & the secondary schools respectively.
A number of companies who qualify for MSC incentives have relocated their operations to Cyberjaya. Among them are T-systems, Dell, HP, DHL, Satyam, Wipro, HSBC, Ericsson, Motorola, OCBC, BMW, IBM, Shell IT, Monster.com, Vivanova Systems, the Response Centre of The Anti Money Laundering Network and others. Currently, over 500 MSC Status companies have located their operations here, making the township a rapidly growing area.Today, Cyberjaya is home for several government agencies such as Malaysian Department of Public Services and Sepang Municipal Council.
MKN Embassy Techzone, is a freehold ICT business park project on approximately 41 acres (170,000 m2) of prime Cyberjaya land in the flagship zone aimed for lease to multinational companies. The project is developed by MKN Embassy Development Sdn. Bhd., a joint venture company between EMKAY Group of Malaysia and Embassy Group of India, who is as a strategic partner for EMKAY group in the development of this specialised ICT building.
As an emerging township, Cyberjaya now has a Police Station Complex, and a Fire Station (Bomba). Apart from that, other public amenities which are already completed includes a small recreational park just next to Multimedia University, the Cyberjaya Community Club, the Sports Arena (which offers outdoor sports facilities), bus shelters, pedestrian walkways and signalised pedestrian crossing at road junctions and more than 700 free parking bays.
The Cyberjaya Lake Gardens is a 400-acre (1.6 km2) 'green lung' for Cyberjaya. Presently, about 86 acres (350,000 m2) of the land has been developed with facilities including Visitor's Information Centre, Boardwalk, Look-Out Tower, children's playground, 15 acres (61,000 m2) of main lake and 29 acres (120,000 m2) 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 to participate. 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.
Other outdoor recreational facilities include the mini park, located 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 activities, especially after 5.30 pm.
While some companies in Cyberjaya operate 24 hours a day, nightlife in Cyberjaya can be further improved. There is Hops and Grapes (a pub located at Century Square) and Treehaus (at Cyberview Lodge Resort and Spa). The Coffee Shop franchise "Old Town White Coffee" has also entered the F&B scene at Prima Avenue and its operated 24/7. Hassan's Cafe and D'Arif are the other 2 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 opened 24/7 as well. One can enjoy late night gathering sessions with friends or just simply a meal for many who work the night shifts in the various multinational companies around Cyberjaya. A new bar-restaurant named Bull Rock Bar is now open. It is located in Cyberjaya near The Domain and serves French/Belgian food and snacks, liquors and beers from all over the world.