Gedung Raja Abdullah To
One of the
country's oldest Malay structures – the Gedung Raja Abdullah –
may be dismantled brick by brick and rebuilt near Klang’s Istana
Alam Shah, about 1km away.
was to give the 150-year-old building from the tin mining era a
new lease of life, said Klang Municipal Council president Abdul
that Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah made the
recommendation during his visit here last week.
Built by Raja
Abdullah in 1856, the two-storey building at Jalan Gedung Raja
Abdullah, is now a museum dedicated to the tin industry.
Sharafuddin proposed relocating the building to an area close to
Istana Alam Shah because the present site is traffic logged and
cannot accommodate tourists,” said Bakir.
of Gedung Raja Abdullah will be rebuilt according to its
original architecture, using the existing materials, which will
be taken down piece by piece.
“It is a simple
structure but it has historical value. I have been advised to
thoroughly study the proposal and engage professional help from
the Malaysian Heritage Trust and the museum authorities,” he
Bakir said the
half-brick, half-timber structure with French tiles and
four-sided roof, in the style of the Anglo-Indian godowns built
by the East India Company in Penang, is a relic of the tin
we understand that Raja Abdullah and his family lived on the
first floor, while the lower floor was used for storing tin ore,
mining implements and supplies,” he said.
from Lukut, Negri Sembilan, served as Chief of Klang.
once served as the headquarters for the first British Resident,
state treasury, as well as survey, land and post office.
was turned into
a police station and remained so until 1974. The lock-ups, with
heavy iron wrought gates, still exist.
Bakir said the
building was to be demolished in the 1980s to make way for
badminton courts but the late Tan Sri Mubin Sheppard, a former
Klang district officer, stopped the project.
Bakir said: “We
are also interested in finding the much talked-about tunnel that
leads from Gedung Raja Abdullah to Kota Raja Mahadi, a hillock
where the council building sits.”
2 August 2015