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Parliament House ~ Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
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This uniquely Malaysian building symbolises the democratic system of Malaysia. The Parliament House, built in September 1962. is set up on a hill in the scenic Lake Gardens and is flanked by fountains and other ornamental features. The building cost RM18mil being the brainchild of Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, was officiated by Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong, on Nov 21, 1963.

The triangular structure that is the roof structure of the Dewan Rakyat hall has 11 sections, representing the number of states in the
then Federation of Malaya.
 



the design of the tower block resembles ornamental patterns a pineappleThe Building
Over one million bricks, 2,000 tons of steel, 54,000 tons of concrete, 200,000 bags of cement and 300 tons of glass were used to construct Parliament House. Costing RM18 million, the project took 3 and a half years to complete and cost and was officially opened on 2nd November, 1963.

Constructed with heat and light absorbing glass, the design of the tower block resembles that of a pineapple with beehive-like 'kerawang' or ornamental patterns. This provides a controlled environment for light and heat within.

The complex consists of two parts: the main building, which is a three-storey building, and its 18-storey tower annexe. Within the building are two national assembly halls: the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament) and Dewan Negara (Senate).

The Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara are associated with the colours blue and red respectively, and the carpeting in both houses are so coloured. Although the designs of the two halls are the same, the smaller Dewan Negara has nice stained glass windows with traditional Islamic motifs.

Parliment - Dewan RakyatA striking feature of the entire project is the elaborate water system which circulates specially treated water to the four floors of the main block as well as the 730,000 litre pool in the forecourt.

Rising through the centre of this concourse is the sharp triangular outline of the roof (11 folded plate roof) of the House of Representatives, representing the number of states in the then Federation of Malaya. Malaysia, as a nation, including Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore, was only formed on Sept 16, 1963, less than two months before Parliament House was opened.

The 20 level tower block, contains offices for ministers and members of the Upper and Lower Chambers. Topping the floors of office space in the tower block is an open sided terrace commanding a magnificent view of the federal capital. This is used for informal receptions.

Malaysia's King delivers his keynote address during the opening of a parliament sitting at the Parliament House

On the ground floor is a small circular prayer room which can accommodate 100 persons. Dominating the ground floor is the massive banquet hall which can accommodate 500 people. Other facilities on the ground floor include a royalty room (for our King), library, a press room, lounge and canteen.

There is supposedly a tunnel leading from Parliament House to the Lake Gardens to be used for emergency evacuation. However, its exact location is not disclosed, either on grounds of secrecy or due to disuse.

The ground of the Parliament House, at 61m above sea level covers an area of 16.2 hectares and is planted with Berlian trees (from Sarawak), Tamar trees (date palms from Saudi Arabia), Mata Kucing trees (from Mauritius), Chestnut trees and others. There is a mini-park stocked with deer (from the initial 6 presented by Suharto, the former president of Indonesia - there are currently about 30 deer still being housed there.) and some exotic birds.

A statue of Tunku Abdul Rahman was erected near the Parliament square. No other Malaysian prime minister has been honoured with a statue since due to a rising Islamic consciousness on the prohibition on graven images.

Note
Visitors are required to write a letter of application before visiting the place.
There is also a dress code one must adhere to on entry
For more Info on the place, Check it its Official Portal.


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PLACES & SIGHTSEEING ~ LAKE GARDENS AREA
PARLIAMENT HOUSE NATIONAL MONUMENT BUTTERFLY PARK ORCHID & HIBISCUS GARDENS
KL BIRD PARK ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM NATIONAL MOSQUE OLD RAILWAY STATION
NATIONAL MUSEUM

 

 

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