KUANTAN: The Kuantan 188 tower, formerly known as Menara Teruntum, has been handed over to the Pahang government.
East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) chief executive officer Baidzawi Che Mat said the council was proud to hand over Kuantan 188, following the successful completion of the iconic and strategic public infrastructure in September last year.
“This new landmark is the pride of Pahang, being the tallest tower in the East Coast and second tallest tower in Malaysia, after KL Tower.
“I am confident that this new icon will be able to spur tourism in the state as well as bring about spillover socio-economic activities that will benefit the people, ” he said at the handover ceremony held at the tower.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail received the keys to the tower from Baidzawi during the ceremony.
Baidzawi said the Federal Government, through ECERDC, had been working closely with the Pahang state government to implement various high-impact public projects in the effort to realise the government’s vision of Shared Prosperity.
“We are proud to have played a role in realising the construction of this iconic Kuantan 188 project. It is part of our strategy to create destinations by laying the foundation needed to generate interest and add value to surrounding areas that could boost tourism and other economic activities, ” he added.
Kuantan 188 is the latest landmark to be completed in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER).
The design concept of the tower, with its upright and tapered profile, is inspired by the shape of the traditional Malay spear tips as found on the Pahang state coat of arms.
The design of the tower’s viewing deck is inspired by the flowers and leaves of the white teruntum plant.
The tower is part of a series of projects to enhance the Kuantan Waterfront and is designed to be a major tourist attraction for both local and foreign tourists.
“Kuantan 188 will complement other tourism attractions that showcase the richness of Pahang’s history and heritage, as well as its natural endowments.
“With its viewing decks, restaurant and other activities available in the tower, as well as the surrounding attractions in the wider Kuantan Waterfront development, it will be a tourist magnet for years to come. This will further spur the socio-economic development of ECER, particularly in Pahang, ” said Baidzawi.
He said apart from Kuantan 188, other tourism projects in Pahang implemented by ECERDC that had been completed last year included the upgrading of facilities at the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah, the interactive Rainforest Discovery Centre at Taman Negeri Endau-Rompin and Temerloh Titik Tengah Semenanjung.
As for the name change from Menara Teruntum to Kuantan 188, Wan Rosdy explained that the latter was more catchy.
“We had a discussion on the tower’s name. Some felt that Menara Teruntum has no commercial value and we chose Kuantan 188 that signifies the height of the tower, ” he said.