Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Another tourist spot that I revisited recently during my city tour is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building located in the middle of Kuala Lumpur city. This historical building was one of the oldest building and has became the icon of Kuala Lumpur. Indeed the logo of Visit Malaysia in Year 1990 was using the building of Sultan Abdul Samad as its background.

The Abdul Samad Building was designed by A.C. Norman and was built in 1894 to 1897. It was one of the essential buildings that houses several important departments during the British Administration in Malaya States. This major landmark of the Kuala Lumpur city has gone through many important events in the history of Malaya or Malaysia. It was here that the declaration of independence of Malaya was took place opposite the building where the Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square was back in 1957. It also held another significant event where the clock tower became the venue for another historic event when the time between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore were standardized in 1982. Besides, this heritage building was also used to be occupied by the then Supreme Court which was subsequently renamed the Federal Court but it had later moved to the Palace of Justice located in Putrajaya.

The back of RM500 of 2nd Series of Malaysian Banknotes that features the Building of Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Visit Malaysia Year 1990 was adopting the Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Photo of Abdul Samad Building taken from Dataran Merdeka

Anyone who wants to pay the Kuala Lumpur city a visit should have not miss out this landmark. You will be amazed with the building design that adopted Moorish architectural elements which is also known as the articulated Islamic architecture of North Africa and parts of Spain and Portugal.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

National Monument / Tugu Negara

Do you even think of having a city tour in Kuala Lumpur? If yes, where are those places of interest or prominent buildings to look for in the capital city of Malaysia? The second series of Malaysian banknote might offer you some ideas on where you should drop by to enjoy the landmark of Kuala Lumpur, capital city of Malaysia. I recently have revisited these places.

Depicted on the reverse of RM1 is the Tugu Negara or the National Monument which was built in 1966 to commemorate those who sacrificed in Malaysia's struggle for freedom especially against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the during 12 years Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960.

This monument was design by an Austrian sculptor, Felix de Weldon. It is 15 meters (49.21 feet) tall and is made up of bronze. The monument depicts a group of soldiers holding the Jalur Gemilang, the Malaysian national flag. Each of the bronze figures symbolizes leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice.

The 2nd Series of Malaysian Banknote that depicts the National Monument on the reverse of the RM1 note.

Tugu Negara located at Kuala Lumpur city

Besides visiting this monument, one can also enjoy various parks nearby to this monument such as the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Lake Gardens and Butterfly Park. There are also few museums available at this tourist spot. The Malaysian Houses of Parliament and National Mosque are also situated not far away from the monument.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Polymer Banknote Printer

As we are aware, Bank Negara Malaysia has so far issued two polymer banknotes until to date. The first polymer banknote also known as RM50 Commemorative Note was issued in 1998 to commemorate the Kuala Lumpur '98 XVI Commonwealth Games. The second polymer banknote was issued in the form of circulation polymer RM5 banknote in which in adopted the almost the same design and feature of the paper type note.

RM50 Commemorative Polymer Banknote

RM5 Circulation Polymer Banknote

Besides both are polymer banknotes, they do have a common feature. That is they are printed by Note Printing Australia (NPA). Not just Malaysia, there are many countries in the world are using Australian technology in term of polymer note printing. Further information about the Polymer Banknotes printed by NPA is shown through the link provided here.

NPA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Australia. It was the organisation that started to print paper money for Australian and later introduced polymer banknote technology same year after it was coporatised in 1998.

Current Banknote Printer

In my earlier blog that I have discussed about banknote printer as one of the features of 1st and 2nd Series of Malaysian Banknotes. To recap, the banknote printer name was printed at the reverse of the note in the very tiny wording. Some example of these printers are "Thomas De La Rue", "Bradbury Wilkinson & Co, "United States Banknote Co" and "Canadian Banknote". This information is very much useful to tell us the where does this banknote printed from or the foreign technology the we rely on.

Unfortunately, this feature has note been inherited for its subsequent series (3rd Series onwards) or banknote that issued after 1996. Even the new issuance series has not tagged with this feature as well. Few have raised question on where do these banknote printed from. Or shouldn't we bother when they printed from as long as they are legal tender to use as money? When the recent announcement by BNM on the release of new RM50 note, it was mentioned by the Governor that these banknotes were printed using Germany base technology. But, no mark is made to identify these banknotes are in fact printed from Germany. Perhaps, there are some other good reasons why banknote printer shouldn't appear anymore.

Nowaday, it is observed that the feature of banknote printer appear on the banknote itself no longer common anymore. As we also aware polymer banknote does not have this feature as well. The different from the earlier is many have already known where exactly the polymer banknote printer from.