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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday unveiled the design for “Malaysia Square” in London. The square, at Battersea Power Station and to be completed in 2019, will be a tribute to the long friendship between Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Designed by SP Setia, Sime Darby Properties and the Employees Provident Fund, it celebrates Malaysia’s rich culture and heritage.

In his speech at the unveiling of the design here, Najib said apart from driving growth and creating jobs, the landmark would strengthen the understanding between people and cultures. “The Malaysia Square design is inspired by the Mulu Caves in Sarawak.

“Stones and rocks gathered from the states will be mixed with the materials from the original chimneys of the power station to build Malaysia Square,” he said.

The square will feature a fountain designed in the shape of a hibiscus, the national flower.

Each of the five petals will represents a principle from Rukun Negara.

In his speech, London Mayor Boris Johnson said the project was proof that there were no limits to regeneration projects and that power stations could be transformed.

“This project will offer Londoners and visitors an inspirational experience that will live long in their memories,” Johnson said.

The Battersea Power Station Project, owned by Battersea Project Holding Co Ltd, is 40 per cent controlled by SP Setia Bhd, while Sime Darby Bhd holds another 40 per cent. EPF holds the remaining 20 per cent stake.

Present at the unveiling was Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib and Sime Darby group chief executive officer Tan Sri Bakke Salleh.-NST

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