KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 28): Seri Perdana, the official residence of the prime minister of Malaysia is currently open to the public for visits, with the exception of Fridays and public holidays.
The Seri Perdana Complex is also used for welcoming heads of state, heads of government, state dignitaries and the public.
The Seri Perdana website states that the residence is now open for viewing because the building “belongs to the people”, and as such certain parts of the complex, namely the Protocol Block and Banquet Block, are open to the public.
Located in Precinct 10, Putrajaya, the guided tours are available Mondays to Thursdays. However, a booking must be made seven days in advance. Walk-ins are also permitted, with the exception of Fridays, public holidays and days when official functions are held.
Tours can last from 30 minutes to an hour, and visitors are expected to be dressed in “smart and decent attire”, and to have their identity card or passport handy for registration.
Seri Perdana was built in 1997 on a 42.5-acre site, and combines a Malay, Muslim and Europe architectural elements.
The first resident was Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his term as fourth prime minister of Malaysia, and has since housed two others, with Mahathir returning after the recent elections.