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Johor Bahru, also spelled Johor Baharu, Johor Baru, (“Baru” means “new” and “Johor” means “Jewel” in Malay) or Johore Bahru and abbreviated as JB, is the capital city of Johor in southern Malaysia. Johor Bahru is the southernmost city of the Eurasian mainland, and Pasir Pelangi, the royal village, is located within Johor Bahru city
With a population of approximately 900,000 in the city, and over 1.8 million in its metropolitan area, it is the second largest urban area in the country after the national capital,
Kuala Lumpur and its associated Klang Valley region. The total population of the Singapore-Johor Bahru conurbation is 6.5 million, and part of the 7.8 million metropolitan area of theSijori Growth Triangle, which is one of the highest in Southeast Asia.Johor Bahru is within walking distance fromSingapore, and receives 49.9% of the country’s annual 22.5 million foreign tourists via its bridges and road links to Singapore. The city is an important industrial, tourism and commercial hub for southern Malaysia and one of the biggest industrial centers of the country. The population growth rate of Johor Bahru is among the highest in Southeast Asia.
The city of Johor Bahru is located at . The city council administers the highly developed southern central coast of the metropolitan area, with a total area of 185 km². It is situated on the Straits of Johor (also known as the Straits of Tebrau), which separates Malaysia and Singapore. Metropolitan Johor Bahru occupies extensive coastal land consisting of ecologically rich swamp lands and important river systems such as Sungai Johor, Sungai Pulai and Sungai Tebrau.
Access to the national expressway system is possible via the North-South Expressway, with entry-exit points located strategically within the metropolitan area.
The Causeway links the city to the Singapore with a six-lane road and a railway line via the Sultan Iskandar Complex andJohor Bahru Terminal Bus constructed in 2008. Whereas , the Second Link Expressway located west of the metropolitan area was constructed in 1997 to help alleviate the congested Causeway. It is linked directly to Johor Bahru Parkway Johor Bahru Railway Station and North-South Expressway.
Airport and Seaports
Johor Bahru is well served with strong connectivity to regional and international centres: The Senai International Airport, located north-west of the metropolitan area, serves regional and national airlines. It is one of the hubs of AirAsia. To the west of the metropolitan area in Nusajaya is the Port of Tanjung Pelepas and currently ranks as Malaysia’s biggesttransshipment hub.
Johor Port, otherwise known as the Pasir Gudang Port, is located on the eastern side of the metropolitan area in the industrial area of Pasir Gudang. It is the country’s most important commodity and mineral resources seaports as Johor is home to a large number of major commercial plantations and Pasir Gudang is home to majority of Malaysia resources refineries.In addition, Singapore’s world-renowned seaports and airport also caters to Johor Bahru’s transportation/logistics need, as they are both less than an hour’s drive from the city.
Johor Bahru is also home to three radio stations. Best 104 is the country’s first private radio station, Johor FM is a government-owned regional station, and FMJB, is another government-owned station covering only the city.
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