Architectural icons

Montreal laments how it lacks icon that the world could identify the city with. For the Kuala Lumpur, we already have an international icon and it is the Petronas Twin Towers. Without it, KL would join the rank of Montreal. I am sure that was what former PM Mahathir Mohamed was thinking in building the towers. To me however, the icon of KL will forever be the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

The building is more humble and is no match for the Twin Towers’ height. But its history is far richer than what the Towers have garnered so far.

Some rights reserved. By Mohd Hafiz Noor Shams

I like the Petronas Twin Towers but as a resident of the city, as somebody that grew up in the city before making Kuala Kangsar and Ann Arbor as my home during my late teen and early adulthood, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, with its clock tower has always been there. This is unlike many others buildings in KL that rise up to the sky to have a piece of the heaven above.

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