A booming township that grew out of the dumps


chiaying@thestar.com.my 

WITH a name that suggests a vibrant neighbourhood and an upmarket address where residents range from the middle class to the affluent, it is little wonder that Bandar Puteri Puchong has emerged as one of the booming townships in the heart of Puchong.  

Covering some 387ha of prime land, the development of Bandar Puteri Puchong took shape at the turn of the millennium when the area was an idyllic plantation.  

Developer IOI Properties Berhad wanted a township that would further propel Puchong to greater heights following its success in developing Puchong’s first township, Bandar Puchong Jaya, which included the IOI Mall shopping complex.  

“Puchong was so different in the 1990s. At that time, it was better known for being a rubbish dump and as a place for exotic food.  

Residents of Bandar Puteri Puchong having adrink at one of their favourite hangouts, Bumbu Bali restaurant. On the left is Samson David.

“But I think what started the boom in this area was the connection built between IOI Mall and Bandar Sunway. The opening of the Kesas highway also helped as it gave more accessibility to people from surrounding areas like Subang Jaya,” said Bandar Puteri 8 residents association (RA) and Rukun Tetangga (RT) adviser Samson David Maman.  

“This place is an integrated commercial and residential neighbourhood.  

“People who could not afford to buy houses then in Subang Jaya began to look towards Puchong.  

“Semi-detached houses in Subang were hovering in the range of RM800,000, but I found mine here in Bandar Puteri that cost about RM700,000 with a bit of land,” said Samson David, who moved to the township after living in Subang Jaya for 20 years.  

The thriving commercial hub houses a diverse range of restaurants and cafes, specialty shops and a variety of businesses and offices.

Bandar Puteri 8 resident Andrew Tiong said Puchong was also renowned for its traffic jam but the interchanges and highways had helped ease the congestion.  

“Bandar Puteri also has easy accessibility to KLIA and Putrajaya and all these factors helped make this neighbourhood what it is today,” said Tiong.  

A spokesperson for IOI Properties Bhd said there were more than 6,000 home units in Bandar Puteri, which stretched from Puteri 1 to 12.  

“The residential component here comprises mainly double-storey terraces, semi-detached houses, bungalows, apartments and condominiums.”  

The homes of Bandar Puteri Puchong.

There is also the commercial hub which draws not just residents but also visitors from afar. A Giant hypermarket is in the vicinity while Tesco is a short drive away.  

A new wet market, called Market Square, is coming up and will offer Bandar Puteri residents facilities that include a food court, provision shops, mini market and showrooms for household items – something more than just a traditional wet market.  

Also in this commercial hub are some 50 cafes and restaurants that cater to diners’ varied tastes with its diverse types of cuisine. 

Mamak restaurants, Chinese steamboat outlets and Hong Kong-style cafes are among the popular hangout choices of residents here.  

Other facilities contained in this hub are financial institutions, health clinics and corporate offices of public-listed firms.  

Near Market Square is the nation’s largest indoor badminton hall, Michael’s Badminton Academy, containing 32 courts, and a 6.2ha (15-acre) Town Park equipped with playground equipment, two basketball courts and jogging path.  

“A church will open on Aug 12 while a hypermedia library will be developed soon by MPSJ. Development of a new medical centre is also under way.  

“The attraction here at Bandar Puteri is that the properties are on the high end. Branded businesses are coming in and it’s an ideal place for commerce with customer catchment of 400,000,” said Samson David. 

A check with IOI revealed that intermediate and corner lots in the commercial area are fetching up to RM15,000 and above RM30,000 in rental respectively.  

“This neighbourhood also has a good racial mix,” noted resident Gan Kee Son.  

Community activities are organised by residents for residents, with the most recent being a tele-match in April, and other events like community runs are held from time to time. 

The residents, though, hope more can be done to enhance the current living environment.Bandar Puteri 8 RA chairman Jeswant Singh said he hoped that more facilities, like a football field and community hall, would be built for residents to hold events and functions that would further enhance community ties and interaction. 

The Giant hypermarket serves the township'sresidents and visitors from outside.

Another issue voiced by residents concerned the safety of roads, following the removal of humps along the busy Bandar Puteri main road.  

“Traffic flow is heavy every day along this route and the many blind spots pose a danger to drivers.” The spokesperson said humps that were initially constructed by the developer for safety reasons had to be removed as per authority instruction.  

“Thereafter a traffic study had been carried out to enhance road safety levels.  

“Our consultants are currently liasing and discussing with the local council to finalise matters prior to implementation of consultant recommendations.” 

Resident Datin Laila Abdullah, who moved in some three and half years ago, said she hoped to see more authentic Western food and beverage outlets opening to cater to Bandar Puteri’s sophisticated community.  

“We need to travel down to Taipan USJ or KL to get real Italian or French food. I hope more of such outlets would open here so residents need not look far for good European fare.”  

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