By Culture Editor
Picture: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah delivering the opening speech for Menara Merdeka 118. Also present were PNB Group Chairman Raja Tan Sri Arshad Raja Tun Uda (left) and PNB Group President and Chief Executive Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn (right).
The King of Malaysia, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, praised the newly opened Menara Merdeka 118 as a symbol of the country's success. In his opening speech, he highlighted how the tower represents Malaysia's progress in various fields and the unity of its people. The 678.9-meter tower, owned by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), is the second tallest in the world. The King also applauded PNB for their efforts in its construction and expressed confidence in the company's contribution to the economy. Additionally, he welcomed PNB's initiative to restore the historic Merdeka Stadium.
During his speech, His Majesty emphasized the tower's significance in reflecting Malaysia's progress and achievements. He noted that from any perspective, Menara Merdeka 118 represents the passage of time and the country's emergence as a successful nation in various fields. The tower stands as evidence of Malaysia's continuous success and should make Malaysians feel proud of their accomplishments.
The construction of Menara Merdeka 118 was made possible by the efforts of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), a major national investment institution. His Majesty extended his congratulations to everyone in PNB for turning this vision into reality. He expressed his confidence in PNB's ability to further strengthen the country's economy through their ongoing endeavors.
In addition to the tower, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah also commended PNB's initiative to restore the historic Merdeka Stadium to its original form as it was in 1957. This restoration project is a testament to PNB's commitment to preserving Malaysia's heritage and ensuring the recognition of its historical significance.
The opening ceremony of Menara Merdeka 118 was attended by distinguished individuals, including Raja Tan Sri Arshad Raja Tun Uda, Chairman of PNB Group, and Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn, President and Chief Executive of PNB Group. Their presence added to the grandeur of the event, highlighting the importance of the tower and PNB's role in its creation.
Menara Merdeka 118 is not only a remarkable architectural achievement but also a testament to Malaysia's progress and unity. As the second tallest tower in the world, it exemplifies the nation's determination to succeed and its ability to compete internationally. The King's words during the opening ceremony serve as a reminder of the country's achievements and the potential for further growth and development.
As Malaysians, we should take pride in Menara Merdeka 118 and its representation of our collective accomplishments. It stands as a symbol of our diverse culture, strength, and resilience. Let us continue to celebrate our successes and work towards a brighter future for Malaysia.