New landmark for Putrajaya featuring five giant kris

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 20 Jul 2004

PUTRAJAYA: The federal administrative capital will boast a new 59m-high landmark featuring five giant kris to mark the contributions of the country’s Prime Ministers. 

The Mercutanda Perdana (Premier Landmark), to be completed by August 2006, will be built entirely from public donations, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the patron of the project. 

He said a fund-raising dinner for the project would be held soon to start the ball rolling.  

“It is a gift from Malaysians,” the Deputy Prime Minister told reporters at his office here yesterday. 

SCALE MODEL: Najib taking a closer look at a mock-up model of the Premier Landmark in Putrajaya yesterday, as Datuk Zakaria Abdul Wahab (left), former press secretary to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and 59 Corporation (H) Sdn Bhd executive chairman Mohd Hassan Abu look on.

The landmark, which would be located at Precinct 4 in the heart of Taman Puncak Puteri, would symbolise the country’s five Rukunegara tenets and the five pillars of Islam. 

The kris is also the icon of Malay sovereignty. 

The blades would have nine curves, representing the nine sovereign states. 

Najib said the landmark would house seven galleries detailing the country’s Prime Ministers and an auditorium. 

The gallery building would be in the shape of a crescent moon to reflect the country’s official religion.  

Its overall shape of 14 sireh leaves would represent the 13 states and the Federal Territories. 

“We hope it will be Putrajaya’s newest tourist attraction,” he said, thanking Putrajaya Corporation for donating the 0.8ha piece of land for the project.  

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