Published: Wednesday October 31, 2012 MYT 4:35:00 PM
FT Minister: Warisan Merdeka tower to be 118 storeys high
By YUEN MEIKENG
KUALA LUMPUR: The Warisan Merdeka tower will be 118 storeys instead of the initial height of 100 storeys, revealed the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry in Parliament on Wednesday.
Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin revealed that the building was 118 storeys in his written reply to Fong Kui Lun (DAP - Bukit Bintang).
Fong had asked Raja Nong Chik to state the conditions imposed on Permodal Nasional Bhd (PNB) before it could be granted a development order to build the tower in Jalan Hang Jebat, Kuala Lumpur.
In his reply, RaJa Nong Chik said one of the conditions was for the "design of the antenna on top of the proposed 118 storey building to be improved so that it is more attractive and suitable with the tower's facade.
"The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has yet to issue a development order for the construction project of the tower as applied by the developer, PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd," he said.
Raja Nong Chik said a DBKL meeting he chaired on May 17 had decided that the application for the development order would be approved if PNB complied with six conditions.
Among the conditions were for PNB to provide 100% of the parking lots needed, photo spots for the public to take pictures and to meet technical requirements set by Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
Raja Nong Chik said PNB had yet to fulfil one more condition which was to apply to the Federal Territory land and minerals office to solve land takeover matters.
"DBKL will only issue the order once the PNB has met all conditions," he said.
At the Parliament lobby, Fong said he was shocked that the proposed building was now supposed to be 118 storeys.
"I urge DBKL not to approve the application as there is more than enough office space in Kuala Lumpur," he said, adding that the traffic situation in the area was also unsatisfactory.
Plans to build a 100-storey tower was announced during Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's Budget 2011 speech.
It is proposed to be built within a budget of RM5bil and is expected to be completed in 2015.