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Menara Warisan to be taller than first proposed

 | October 31, 2012

It will rise to 118 storeys instead of 110, according to the Federal Territories Ministry.

KUALA LUMPUR: The controversial Menara Warisan Merdeka will have 118 storeys, not 100 as originally proposed.

This was revealed in a written parliamentary response from the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry to a question posed by MP for Bukit Bintang, DAP’s Fong Kui Lan.

The reply, given yesterday, gives a list of six conditions that the developer must fulfil before KL City Hall would approve of the project.

One of the conditions was that the design of the tower’s spire must be improved so that it would harmonise better with the building’s facade.

According to the ministry’s reply, City Hall gave the condition in these words: “The ‘antenna’ shape at the top of the proposed 118-storey has to be enhanced so that it would be more appealing and normalised with the proposed building’s facade design.”

The ministry said five of the conditions had been met. The sixth, which involves land acquisition and related matters, is yet to be met.

Fong said he was shocked by the new information about the height of the tower. He demanded that City Hall stop the project.

“Malaysia should not be interested in building tall skyscrapers which have no benefit for its people,” he said.

He said Kuala Lumpur already had enough office space and needed neither Menara Warisan Merdeka nor the upcoming Tun Razak Exchange financial district.

Furthermore, he added, the new building would put the city’s heritage status at risk and worsen traffic congestion.

He said Kuala Lumpur deserved more sustainable and comfortable surroundings, with world-class public services.

Menara Warisan Merdeka is sometimes referred to as Menara Wawasan. It is slated to be more than 600m high—150m taller than the Petronas Twin Towers.

The proposal to build it was announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in his Budget 2010 speech. He said the government had allocated RM5 billion for it and expected the construction to be completed by 2015.

It is estimated to cost RM2.5 billion to RM3 billion, according to a recent Business Times report. Two more phases of development would follow over a 10-year development period, and the eventual cost is expected to come to RM5 billion.


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