NA­JIB LAUNCHES

It is a sym­bol of Umno’s strug­gle and suc­cess in the past seven decades

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KUALA LUMPUR

PRIME Min­is­ter and Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak last night launched the 70-storey tower project of the new Kuala Lumpur Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre (PWTC KL).

The project, which will be­come a new land­mark for the city, is a sym­bol of Umno’s strug­gle and suc­cess in the past seven decades.

Na­jib launched the project at Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium dur­ing the Umno 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, which drew 140,000 sup­port­ers and mem­bers from its 191 di­vi­sions na­tion­wide.

The launch of the tower block of the project, which will be built at the for­mer Pu­tra Bus Ter­mi­nal site here, was tele­cast live from the sta­dium.

The ground-break­ing cer­e­mony for the over­all project was com­pleted by Na­jib on Nov 29 dur­ing the party’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, where he said he hoped that the con­struc­tion of PWTC KL, which will be the new Umno head­quar­ters, would in­spire mem­bers to con­tinue to strug­gle for race, re­li­gion and coun­try.

“It is a sym­bol of loy­alty, sin­cer­ity and spirit of Umno mem­bers in em­pow­er­ing the strug­gle of Malays.

“This is a his­toric day for us, the suc­ces­sors of Umno lead­er­ship,” he was quoted as say­ing at the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony.

The 70-storey tower will ac­com­mo­date of­fices, a 250-room six-star ho­tel, restau­rants and a lounge area, which will of­fer a breath­tak­ing view of Kuala Lumpur from the top floor.

The over­all project, which will be im­ple­mented by Malaysian Re­sources Cor­po­ra­tion Bhd, will also com­prise a mosque for 5,000 wor­ship­pers at any one time and a two-storey shop­ping podium.

The tower’s ar­chi­tec­ture is in­spired by the tra­di­tional samp­ing and the curves of the keris.

Tun Razak 1 and 2 Halls at PWTC will be merged to be­come a new world-class two-storey hall, pro­vid­ing a 26,630-sq-m floor area. The ex­ist­ing 45,675-sq-m Pu­trade Hall will be up­graded and can ac­com­mo­date 54,000 peo­ple at a time for var­i­ous events, such as con­ven­tions, wed­ding re­cep­tions and in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences.

Tun Hus­sein Onn Hall and Tun Dr Ismail Hall at PWTC will be up­graded into lo­cal busi­ness cen­tres, as well as venues for cor­po­rate events.

Also to be up­graded are De­wan Merdeka and the Dato’ Onn Tower, which is the Umno head­quar­ters’ build­ing.

PWTC’s con­struc­tion be­gan in 1981 and was com­pleted in 1984. It was opened on Sept 2, 1985. Umno gen­eral as­sem­blies have been held there ever since.

PIC BY ASRAF HAMZAH

Prime Min­is­ter and Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak launch­ing the PWTC KL tower project at Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

ALIAS PIC BY ASWADI

Umno mem­bers in high spir­its at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium for the Umno 71st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion yes­ter­day.

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