Why do we need another tower?
I AM excited every time the Budget is presented each year.
While this year’s Budget contains many positive highlights, one allocation has taken me aback: the plan to build Warisan Merdeka Tower that will cost RM5bil. Due for completion in 2015, the tower basically will cost RM1.25bil a year, which is a lot of money.
The Government seems to be keen to wean off subsidies, a move I am in agreement with, but wasting RM1.25bil to build a useless tower is something I totally disagree with. When I heard about the plan to build this tower, several questions sprang to mind: What is the purpose of building this tower? Why do we need another landmark near the Petronas Twin Tower? How many landmarks do we need?
I am confused at how the Government spends the country’s income. Just because the money is there doesn’t mean that it has to be spent recklessly!
Warisan Merdeka: Big projects are the way to go, says Dr M
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Monday that the proposed RM5bil-Warisan Merdeka Tower would be good for the country, as it would create economic opportunities.
Big projects were the way to go, he said in response to critics querying the need for such an expensive development after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the project recently. The Warisan Merdeka landmark, located within the enclave of Merdeka Stadium and Stadium Negara, is set to change the city skyline.
Construction of the 100-storey skyscraper, which is part of the mega project, will start next year and is expected to be completed in 2015. Najib had said the two stadiums would be retained as national heritage buildings.