Merdeka 118 tower’s construction amid the pandemic is a great engineering achievement for Malaysia, reinforcing the country’s position as a modern and developed nation.
According to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, he was informed that Merdeka 118 will be the country’s first tower to receive triple platinum green ratings in international sustainability certification and the prestigious WELL certification, reported Bernama.
Notably, the WELL Building Standard takes a holistic approach to health within the built environment addressing operations, behaviour and design.
“This makes Merdeka 118 the industry benchmark in Malaysia as an iconic tower of the future,” said the prime minister at the Merdeka 118 tower spire completion ceremony.
Ismail Sabri pointed that the construction of Merdeka 118 will also benefit the Malaysian Family since the precinct will serve as a new economic catalyst for Kuala Lumpur.
“It will complement other areas that are rapidly developing such as KLCC and KL Sentral,” he said as quoted by Bernama.
“The development of Merdeka 118 will also provide opportunities to the local community, especially in nearby areas such as Petaling Street, Kampung Attap and Pudu, to generate the economy.”
Aside from offering the local community opportunities to develop their business, Ismail Sabri noted that the people could also hold activities and programmes to make the surrounding areas of Merdeka 118 more attractive via the Merdeka 118 Community Grants Programme.
On the Merdeka 118 grants that opened for applications from 28 June to 20 August, the prime minister said the Malaysian Family were allowed to apply for three types of grants – Arts, Sports and Business Community. This directly promoted the participation of the Malaysian Family in sharing ideas to reactivate the community to create more socioeconomic growth opportunities.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn, President and Group Chief Executive of Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB), said Merdeka 118 spans 40 acres, half of which comprised Stadium Negara and Stadium Merdeka.
“Merdeka 118 has achieved 85% completion, and the tower floor installation has reached the 118th floor while the glass panel installation has reached the 114th floor,” he said.
“Despite facing pandemic challenges, I am proud to report that the tower and upgrading of surrounding infrastructure is on track to be completed by end-2022.”