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Top 3 Developed States In Malaysia

In Malaysia, the development of states is often left to different parties. Hence the different levels of development between different states in Malaysia. Here are the Top 3 Developed States In Malaysia.


Governed By: PH

Selangor is a state located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is the most developed state present in Malaysia. It boasts the largest economy found anywhere in Malaysia, with one of the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of any Malaysian state.

Furthermore, Selangor’s status as the most developed state in Malaysia is backed up by its good infrastructure such as highways and transport, as well as the largest population in Malaysia. This is supported by the high standard of living present in the state, along with having the lowest poverty rate in the country despite the largest population.

The state capital of Selangor is Shah Alam and its royal capital is Klang. Alongside that, both Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya received city status in 2006 and 2019 respectively.

A contribution to the populous state is the location of the nation's biggest conurbation, the Klang Valley, within it. This, along with the state’s geographical location in the center of Peninsular Malaysia, which allowed it to act as Malaysia’s transportation and industrial hub, contributed greatly to the rapid development of the state.


Governed By: PH

Penang is a state of Malaysia that is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Malacca Strait. It consists of two parts, Penang Island, where the capital city George Town is located, and Seberang Perai located on the Malay Peninsula.

Both places are connected by Malaysia's two longest road bridges, the Penang Bridge, and the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge. The latter is designated as the longest oversea bridge in Southeast Asia.

Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia in terms of landmass. However, it has one of the highest population densities among the states of the nation.

With this population density, Penang is also one of the most urbanized states in Malaysia, with Seberang Perai, one of Malaysia’s largest cities by population located in Penang despite its small landmass. Furthermore, the dense population includes more than the three main races in Malaysia, making for a diverse experience in ethnicity, culture, language, and religion.

Penang is one of Malaysia’s economic powerhouses, with one the highest GDP among Malaysian states. In addition to that, Penang has one of the highest recorded Human Development Index (HDI) in Malaysia.

Negeri Sembilan

Governed By: PH

Negeri Sembilan is a state of Malaysia that is located on the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The notable towns in the state are the capital, Seremban, the royal capital, Seri Menanti, and other important towns including Port Dickson, Bahau, and Nilai.

The manufacturing sector of the state alone contributes to almost half of the state’s GDP which showcases the most developed area of the state. This is followed by services and tourism, agriculture, construction, and finally, mining.

The manufacturing that makes up the backbone of Negeri Sembilan’s economy includes but is not limited to the following products: electrical supplies and electronics, textiles, furniture, chemicals, machinery, metal works, and rubber products. There are three main industrial areas, which include Senawang, Sungai Gadut, Tuanku Jaafar Industrial Park, Nilai and, Tanah Merah in Port Dickson.

However, despite the dominance that the industrial sector has on the state’s GDP, Negeri Sembilan is mainly an agricultural state. However, the establishment of several industrial estates enhanced the manufacturing sector as a significant contributor to the state economy.

The agricultural activity includes rubber and oil palm plantations, livestock, fruit orchards, and vegetable farming. About 3,099 square kilometers of the state are used for rubber and oil palm plantations.


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