Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, in a stirring speech, asserted that Menara Merdeka 118 should be seen as a testament to Malaysia’s successful journey since independence, embodying the nation’s diverse and multicultural essence rooted in a spirit of nationalism.
During the opening ceremony of Menara Merdeka 118, His Majesty highlighted that this new architectural marvel is more than just a structure. It represents the celebration of Malaysia’s diversity as an independent nation. “This tower, from every angle, mirrors our nation’s journey through time, showcasing our triumphs across various domains while upholding a social fabric and values of unity unique to Malaysia,” he expressed.
His Majesty emphasized, “Menara Merdeka 118 stands as a proud testament to Malaysia’s ongoing achievements. Hence, it’s a symbol of national pride for every Malaysian.”
The historic event was further graced by the presence of Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
In a significant gesture, Al-Sultan Abdullah also inaugurated the Al-Sultan Abdullah Mosque within the Menara Merdeka 118 complex, expressing heartfelt gratitude for the mosque being named in his honor. “It is a cherished and enduring token of remembrance for me and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, treasured for a lifetime,” he remarked.
His Majesty extended his congratulations to Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) for their dedication and effort in bringing the Menara Merdeka 118 project to fruition. He also voiced confidence in PNB’s ongoing role in bolstering Malaysia’s economy.
“Let us collectively pray for the continued prosperity of our economy, and for peace and prosperity to reign in our beloved Malaysia,” Al-Sultan Abdullah said, invoking a sense of communal hope and aspiration.
Owned by PNB through PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd, Menara Merdeka 118 is a towering testament to architectural ingenuity and national pride. Standing at a staggering height of 678.9 metres and comprising 118 floors, it is the world’s second tallest building, surpassed only by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
Al-Sultan Abdullah also lauded PNB’s initiative in restoring the Merdeka Stadium to its original state as it was in 1957. He poignantly noted, “Now, adjacent to this historically significant stadium stands Menara Merdeka 118, soaring to 678.9 metres. Its symbolic spire is a nod to the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj’s proclamation of independence 67 years ago. This landmark, facing the stadium that witnessed the dawn of an independent nation, is laden with profound significance.”