Sultan Suleiman building declared a national heritage

KLANG: The Sultan Suleiman building here has been declared a national heritage, making it the first heritage building in Selangor to be given the status.

The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, attended the ceremony held in the compound of the building here on Dec 15.

Deputy Information, Communication and Culture Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie, in declaring the building a national heritage, said the Sultan Suleiman building had its own identity and history. She said the building had a neoclassical architecture and with ecstatic value.

"The criteria of the heritage becomes more important when combined with the historic use of the building. Hence, it is appropriate that this building be protected, preserved and restored, she added.

Also present at the function were Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and National Heritage Department Heritage Commissioner Datin Paduka Prof Emeritus Zuraina Majid.

The Sultan Suleiman building, which now housed the Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery, was built in 1909 during the reign of the late Sultan Sir Ala'eddin Suleiman Shah of Selangor.

The name of the building was declared by the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah on Feb 22, 1989.

The historical building, which initially served as the palace of Sultan Suleiman, had also been used as the office of the district religious office, the Klang Syariah Court, Selangor police contingent headquarters and the Klang Muncipal Council branch office.

It was also used by the Japanese occupation forces in 1941. -- Bernama
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