New clock towers with striking features


Time for something different: The four clocks at the Maal Hijrah roundabout in Jalan Sultan Badlishah, Alor Setar, and (below) a closeup showing the Arabic numerals.

FOUR clocks featuring Arabic numerals on a roundabout in Alor Setar have become a new landmark in the Kedah capital.

The timepieces, which are about 5m tall each, were erected recently on the Maal Hijrah roundabout along Jalan Sultan Badlishah in the city centre.

Facing different directions, they have Arabic numerals to show the time instead of the conventional numbers.

astclock (15.03.15) 2 : Close-up of the public clock with Arabic numeralsat the Maaf Hijrah round about in Jalan Sultan Badlishah, Alor Setar.

Alor Setar mayor Datuk Mat Noh Ahmad claimed they were the first such public clocks in the country.

“It is only appropriate to use Arabic numerals in this case because the clocks are erected on the Maal Hijrah (Muslim era) roundabout,” he said.

It is understood that the clocks were imported from Switzerland by the state government.

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