Monument shifted to gardens

THE landmark Keris Semenanjung monument located along the Federal Highway approaching Klang, has been moved to the Klang Royal Gardens off Jalan Tengku Kelana.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Mohammad Yacob said the monument was relocated because the view of the icon was being blocked by a flyover being built just after the Sungai Rasau toll plaza.

“MPK feels the new location, on the advice of the Selangor palace, is a wonderful spot as it is in the heritage belt, close to the Alam Shah Palace and is along the busy Jalan Tengku Kelana thoroughfare where more people can appreciate its beauty,” he said.

The silver-coloured Keris Semenanjung monument was built to commemorate the silver jubilee of the installation of the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, as the Sultan of Selangor which was celebrated in 1985.

Most motorists are accustomed to the monument that takes the form of a national emblem, the Malay ceremonial dagger that has been a landmark guide for those giving road directions to first-time visitors to Klang.

Keris Semenanjung is the dagger used in peninsular Malaysia. Some are crafted with a wavy blade, often with a highly ornamental carved head and hilt, sheathed in a scabbard.

“It is an icon that represents power, strength and unity,” said Mohammad Yacob.

Built in industrial aluminium and steel, and standing over 10m high, the monument is held upright by a frame with a tracery pattern of superimposed squares forming the eight pointed star often used in Islamic decoration.

“Workers are hard at work installing the Keris Semenanjung monument on the hillock, opposite the Our Lady of Lourdes church that is recognised as a heritage building.

Both the church and the Keris Semenanjung monument are featured in the Landmarks of Selangor list and they are a reminder of Selangor’s economic and socio-cultural progress,” said Mohammad Yacob.

He hoped people would see the Keris Semenanjung monument as an emblem of unity.

Contractor Maju Bena Enterprise owner Mohd Johari Haris said the monument, which weighed 12.7 tonnes, would be surrounded by a koi pond and the work would be completed in a month.

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