All contractors wanting to participate in the projects have to attend site visits arranged for the purpose of familiarizing with the subject as well as to receive briefings from the respective consultants and Jabatan Warisan Negara representative.
For Istana Che Sepachendera Alor Star the site visit took place June 6, 2008 at 10.30 am. It marked the execution of the restoration of a once beautiful palace no doubt built with tender love and appreciation for a dear wife. Istana Che Sepachendera built in 1882 took the name of the first wife of Sultan (Sir) Abdul Hamid Halim Shah ibni Al Marhum Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Mukaram Shah ( 4 June 1864 - 13 May 1943) who ruled from 1882 till 1943.
It will be at least two months later when all tender documents will be processed and the successful tenderer will be awarded and only then works will start. We look forward to the restoration and conservation of perhaps one of the earliest royal palaces in the state and fortunately still standing though not in its former splendour.
Jabatan Warisan Negara representative and the Consultants briefed the contractors who have shown interest in tendering for the project.
For reference you may click http://www.warisan.gov.my/ to know more about Jabatan Warisan Negara. It does also call for suggestions and comments from members of the public .
Pictures taken on 6 Jun 2008 on the occasion of the site visit coincidentally happened to be two days off the anniversary of Al Marhum's birthday. Maybe we have chosen a significant date to start the restoration and conservation exercise.
This is one teacher's quarters or a government building built by PWD prior to Merdeka 1957. The wooden staircase has been replaced and a wall built underneath the house. The house originally stood on stilts. The building is in the vicinity of the Istana.
A five minutes walk from Istana Che Sepachendera bring us to this imposing building - the Alor Star Tower where you would have a bird eye view of the palace and its surrounding plus the the river at the back. It is of course a far cry from its original scene 100 years ago where you would imagine sampan tied to poles by the river and horse carts on the road. The river itself would be a source of activities.. The small Malay Kampong by the Istana side perhaps reflected the communion between the Istana and the community.
Updates will follow when the works begin