Cyberjaya is a new planned township with a
science park as the core that forms a key
part of the Multimedia Super Corridor in
Malaysia. It is located in the district of Se-
pang, Selangor and is situated about 50 km
south of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malay-
sia. This town aspires to be known as the Sil-
icon Valley of Malaysia.
The official opening ceremony for Cyber-
jaya was held in May 1997 by then Prime
Minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad.
The idea of an IT-themed city, Cyberjaya,
arose out of a study by management con-
sultancy McKinsey for the Multimedia Super
Government of Malaysia in 1995. The imple-
mentation agency was the Town & Country
Planning Department of the Ministry of Hous-
ing and Local Government. The catalyst is
the agreement by NTT in 1996 to site an
R&D center at a site to the west of the new
Malaysian administration center, Putrajaya.
(then known as MDC), the agency overseeing
the implementation of the MSC was located
in Cyberjaya to oversee the creation. The real
estate implementation was privatized to Cy-
berview Sdn Bhd (Cyberview)in early 1997.
At the time, Cyberview was set up a joint-
venture comprising entities such as Setia
Haruman Sdn Bhd (SHSB), Nippon Tele-
phone and Telegraph (NTT), Golden Hope,
MDeC, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)
and Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB),
representative of the Selangor Government.
SHSB, a consortium comprising Renong,
Landmarks, MKLand and Country Heights,
was asked to take the lead regarding the de-
velopment. Federal government linked com-
panies Telekom Malaysia and Tenaga Nasion-
al were conscripted to provide the telecom-
munication and power supply infrastructure.
The ambitious plan was to develop the first
phase, comprising 1,430 hactares by year
2006, with the remaining 1,460 hectares to
be developed after year 2011. The engineer-
ing management consultant, Pengurusan
Lebuhraya Bhd (now acquired by Opus Inter-
national Malaysia) was appointed to man