Monday, September 27, 2010


Rukun Negara Fountain as it stands in its last few weeks at the old crossroads in TelukWanjah before it makes way for a fly over that also goes over the railway crossing adjacent to it.

Continuity and change do not mean disappearance. Not especially for the Rukun Negara Fountain which had stood at the confluence of roads at Teluk Wanjah for over 40 years. Alor Setar will soon see a landmark disappear to make way for greater accessibility for motor vehicles as a fly-over takes precedence at a cross-road that cannot take the heavy traffic that chokes the city as well as a railway crossing barely 100 meters from it. Much as Jalan Teluk WanJah will get a face lift, so too the Rukun Negara Fountain will find a new home.

Built to commemorate the ascendancy of Tunku Abdul Halim, the Sultan of Kedah as the Yang DiPertuan Agong of Malaysia in 1970, it took its place at the crossroad of Jalan Teluk WanJah, Jalan Sultan Badlishah and Jalan Stadium. Back then, the round-about would not cause traffic congestion or would never need traffic policemen on duty at specific hours. It's another story now. All these have come about indirectly with the construction of double railway tracking beginning from Ipoh Perak to Padang Besar Perlis. causing a multiplying effects.

At the date of writing, construction works of flyovers at other sections of town have begun, This one at Jalan Teluk Wanjah and over the existing Rukun Negara Fountain has yet to begin at full steam when the fountain is pulled down. Yet its replacement has been built. The Rukun Negara symbolic monument with its highpoint declaring Malaysia's national philosophy / ideology was created out of the historic May 13 incident which rocked the country. The five symbolic principles which we adopted and promised to adhere to become guiding principles. Now at a time when tidbits of uneasiness seems to shake the roots of our unity and cohesion Rukun Negara needs exertion and 1 Malaysia maybe comes as an added leverage.

Whatever it is Kedah and Alor Setar especially has gained a new landmark far from its old maddening position but twelve kilometers to the north and fronting Sultan Abdul Halim Airport at Titi Gajah. Highlights of testings recently would certainly see crowd halting here either on their way to the airport or taking a quiet evening drive to see it in a new splendour amidst the green or yellow padifields depending on season with vast open spaces and occasionally musically droned by the music of the training aeroplanes of the Royal Air force Training School.

Welcome and see several night shots taken at the new site.

The white light at the top right hand corner adjacent to the crown shows the moving single engine plane flying by.

With a longer time lapse given you notice the stretching light of the plane. Of course the color lights of the fountain added dimensions to the new site.

The consultants together with the technicians, the electricians and the contractors have naturally given their best to make the new landmark a sight to behold and respecting the original objectives of the Rukun Negara Fountain

Two photos showing its early construction at site.


AxL VoGa said...
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AxL VoGa said...

It's a lost indeed..but for a greater good I guess, which is of course arguable..

Aishah said...

No! Sedih rasa hati. There is no replacement, even if it is bigger and grander. I remember the construction of the Rukun Negara fountain and remember reading the rukun negara on each of its branch. It was unique and original for Kedah. What a loss indeed.


salam Pak Non,

Di kawasan inilah tempat berkumpulnya cikgu2 dan Bulatan TWJ sinonim dengan Pejabat Pelajaran Kedah.........dan sekarang PPK pun dah pindah ke lokasi barunya.


KotaStar said...

Sdr Nginap Srengenge,

Kisah itu mengingatkan saya Kampong Berjaya satu satunya kg Melayu di dalam pekan terletak disini sebelum di pindahkan ke tapak baru di Mergong.Tapaknya dibangunkan kedai dan bas stesyen baru.

KotaStar said...
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Al-Manar said...

No substitute is ever good enough for something we have lived with for years. It is always very personal and as such there is no end to the pros and cons - a loss to some and a gain to ohers.

Nadia said...

i'm interested to know more about the restored old Malay house. where is it located actually?

new straits times, alor star

harrizam said...

Terasa kurang satu mercutanda Alor setar. Gambar bulatan yang baru di waktu malam yang menarik.

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