"It was one day in 2015...
...the inhabitants of the Land have gathered in unison to demonstrate against Warisan Merdeka."
The sky was getting dark with heavy moisture, yet it was eerily calm.
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As the entire nation reels from an economic state of trepidation...
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It was back in 2011, the guardians of the Land had decided to erect a 5 billion ringgit towering altar of more than 500m.
One that would rise above the plains of the legendary Victoria Institution.
NOTE: THIS PICTURE DOES NOT REPRESENT THE FINAL DESIGN
By 2015, Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) plans to build a 100-storey tower within Warisan Merdeka, next to Stadium Merdeka. The urban rejuvenation area would be something like a new KLCC.
Many observers believed that the tower is expected to house an "all-in-one", consisting of hotel rooms, apartments, suites, offices, retail and tourist facilities.
Warisan Merdeka, as what it was known then.
An integrated mixed-use structure, that would easily impressed our neighbours. But that's too much arrogance for the common inhabitants.
Supposedly symbolically reflecting the past and the future, the greatness of freedom and the Land's sovereignty achievement.
But that's not about all.
Merdeka Park, a proposal consisting upscale complex overlooking stadia land.
The guardians of the Land had conceived the idea as one identity that would propel the Land into the forefront of civilisation.
Could we believe that?
Tiara Merdeka, another proposal back many years ago.
Despite that, the resentment grew larger as the idea was thought to bring posteriority to other pressing issues of the Land.
Ironically, and undeniably, as of today many inhabitants of this resource-rich Land are still ill-equipped, and even some deprived of the most common modern amenities.
Could we believe that?
The guardians of the Land had wanted to centralised its idealistic imagination right in the heart of the Land, in preparation for a "globalisation" invasion.
Globalisation of building mega towers, from Abu Dhabi to Yokohama.
They claimed the idea was first mooted way before this decade.
Well, this is not the only towering altar. A dozen others are on the way.
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Q: What do you think of this project?
Special thanks: Computer generated images were contributed and first posted by msyukry08, a participant at SSC Malaysia. The preliminary artistic rendering does not represent the actual impression of the project. The images have yet to be verified or endorsed by any relevant party.
- Burj Khalifa in Dubai (828m), the tallest building in the world, has 160 habitable floors.
- In 2008, Dubai has proposed "Nakheel Tower" that will have more than 200 habitable floors. Since then, Kuwait and Jeddah have announced theirs too.
- In Sept 2010, neighbouring country Cambodia announced plans to build a 555-meter tower. Taipei 101 in Taiwan is 509m with 101 floors.
- Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Tianjin and Dalian are China cities that are now building skyscrapers that have 100 floors or more.
- The newly completed ICC Hong Kong (484m) has 118 floors.
- North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel, which is due for completion in 2012, has 105 floors.
- Petronas Twin Towers (452m) are now the 5th world's tallest building.
- Other cities building supertall towers are Moscow, Mumbai, Panama City, Seoul and New York City.