National Palace of Malaysia
Istana Negara Malaysia
General information
TypeRoyal palace
Architectural styleMalay, Islamic and Western architecture
Town or cityKuala Lumpur
Country Malaysia
Current tenantsYang di-Pertuan Agong
GroundbreakingNovember 2007
Construction startedNovember 2007
CompletedSeptember 2011
Inaugurated15 November 2011
CostRM812 million
OwnerGovernment of Malaysia
Design and construction
ArchitectMalaysian Public Works Department
Kumpulan Seni Reka Sdn. Bhd.
Main contractorMalaysian Public Works Department
Maya Maju Sdn. Bhd.
Malaysian National Palace
Istana Negara Malaysia
Agency overview
Formed31 August 1957; 64 years ago (1957-08-31)
JurisdictionMalaysia
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Annual budgetRM13.53 million (2016)
Agency executives
  • Dato' Indera Ahmad Fadil bin Hj. Shamsuddin, Comptroller of the Royal Family and Household (Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja)
  • Datuk Azuan Effendy bin Zairakithnaini, Grand Chamberlain of the Royal Family and Household (Datuk Paduka Maharaja Lela)
Parent departmentPrime Minister's Department
Websitewww.istananegara.gov.my
Royal guard of the Malaysian Army outside the main gate of the Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Royal guard of the Malaysian Army outside the main gate of the Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur

The Istana Negara (English: National Palace) is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the monarch of Malaysia. It is located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (formerly Jalan Duta) in Segambut, northwestern Kuala Lumpur. The palace opened in 2011 and replaced the old Istana Negara which was located at a different compound in central Kuala Lumpur.

The palace complex has an area of 97.65 hectares, 22 domes, and is split into three main portions: the Formal Component, Royal Component and Administration Component.[1]

History

The site where the palace is located has been gazetted for such purpose in 1976, and numerous contractors have been involved with the initial planning. The need for a new palace, according to the then-Works Minister Samy Vellu, has been pressing due to space constraints in the old palace. The Balai Rong Seri (throne room) of the old palace was also used as the dining and meeting rooms. The site is 96.52 hectares and situated on a hill, of which according to Malaysian Public Works Department (JKR) director-general Dr Amer Hamzah Mohd Yunus, only 28 hectares will be used for the development of the palace complex.[2]

Construction began in November 2007 and cost RM812 million to build.[3] The complex incorporates Islamic and Malay architectural elements, following designs by architect firm Kumpulan Seni Reka Sdn Bhd and built by construction firm Maya Maju Sdn Bhd. The palace complex was slated for completion in 2009 but was only completed in September 2011.[2]

The royal household began moving its operations to the new palace complex in phases beginning 19 October, ending with a flag-raising ceremony on 15 November.[4]

Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIII, was the first King to use the palace while Tuanku Abdul Halim of Kedah, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIV, was the first King to have his installation ceremony held there.

See also

References

  1. ^ Zamzukhairi Noordin (21 November 2011). "Istana Negara : From Jalan Istana To Jalan Duta". mynewshub. Archived from the original on 24 April 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b "New, bigger Istana Negara". 14 November 2006. Archived from the original on 21 February 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Majlis Penyerahan Istana Negara Jalan Duta" (in Malay). Istana Negara. 18 October 2011. Archived from the original on 5 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Istana Negara relocates to Jalan Duta". The Sun. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.[permanent dead link]