Saturday, July 13, 2013

Perdana Putra

Folks are known to remark that they are off to London to see the queen. Now, unless you are royalty or a celebrity of some standing or then an outstanding achiever, the closest you can get to the Queen of England is usually a viewing at the gates of Buckingham Palace. In Malaysia, you may not have the opportunity to visit or view a queen but the general public can gain access to the Perdana Putra or the Prime Minister’s office complex on most days during the week.
The Perdana Putra, a large building complex located in the Federal Government Administrative Centre, Putrajaya, is located at a distance of 40 km from the city of Kuala Lumpur. This distinctive edifice situated on the main hill in Putrajaya, is topped by a quincunx of onion-shaped domes and is the Prime Minister of Malaysia’s office complex. The complex in addition the prime minister’s chambers also hosts various other government departments and agencies. The various wings of the Perdana Putra are known to display Malay, Mughal and European architectural features and are thus considered to have much tourist appeal.
The Perdana Putra is six stories tall and comprises of a Main Block, flanked by the East and West Wings.  The Prime Minister’s office is housed in the Central Main Block, a unique structure, topped by a dome that resembles that of the famed Zahur Mosuqe of Alor Setar in Kedah.
The West Wing of Perdana Putra is home to the offices of the Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers and Deputy Ministers as well as Parliamentary Secretaries in the Prime Minister's Department. Also located here, are significantly important government agencies like the Malaysian Industries-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and Advisory Board. The East Wing accommodates the offices of the Chief Secretary to the Government, Cabinet Divisions and the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU).
The Prime Minister welcomes fellow Heads of State and Heads of Governments of various countries in the space known as Dataran Perdana. The welcoming ceremony usually features much pomp and ceremony and involves the playing of National Anthems and an inspection of the Guard of Honour. Foreign dignitaries and guest are introduced to cabinet ministers and government and public officials in a section of the complex known as Laman Perdana. The Prime Minister’s meetings are usually held in the Perdana Meeting Room which is large enough to accommodate 70 people while weekly cabinet meetings are held in the Cabinet Meeting Room.
The public can access to the Perdana Putra complex during the work week from Monday to Friday between the hours of: 8.00 am - 12.30 pm, and 2.00 pm - 4.30 pm. The complex is closed on weekends and public holidays.
So if you would like to see how the Chief Executive of Malaysia functions, a visit to the Perdana Putra in Putajaya is highly recommended.

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