King inspects work progress on palace in Putrajaya


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 22 Jan 2003

PUTRAJAYA: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail visited Istana Melawati in Precinct 1, which is 69% completed, yesterday.  

Istana Melawati will serve as the King’s residence when he is here and will be the venue for official functions like the Royal Feast, Rulers Meeting and visits from heads of government and ambassadors. 

Istana Negara will still remain the King’s official residence. 

Accompanying the King on the site inspection were Putrajaya Corporation president Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin and architect Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad Shah. 

Istana Melawati follows in the style of the ancient istana Melayu, with strong wood features, intricate carvings and open courtyards. 

There will be three towers modelled after mosques in South-East Asia and five wings. The structure will also incorporate a reception hall, royal courtyard and royal performance cultural court. 

Work on Istana Melawati is expected to be ready by August. Kuala Lumpur City Centre is managing the project. 

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