Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Historical Place - Clock Towers

The existence of clock towers in every town in Malaysia portrays the recorded historical life of society, each tower having its own unique architecture and attractive design.

The following clock towers in Malaysia are being featured in this stamp issue.

Christ Church Clock Tower, Melaka - This clock tower is built in 1650 during the Dutch Settlement and is a fine example of Dutch architecture. A popular tourist spot for photography.

Jubilee Clock Tower, Pulau Pinang - This clock tower is a gift from local millionaire, Cheah Chen Eok, in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. 60 feet in height; one foot for each year of Queen Victoria's reign.

Sungai Petani Clock Tower, Kedah - This clock tower was built in 1963 and was donated by Lim Lean Teng to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary in London. However, it was later established as a memorial to King George V as he passed away before the completion of the tower.

Teluk Intan Clock Tower, Perak - The pagoda-style clock tower by built in 1885 by Leong Choon Chong, and was originally used as a covered water tank. This tower appears like an 8-storey building but is actually divided into 3 storeys only.

Council Negeri Monument, Sarawak - Originally a memorial stone erected in 1967, it was further enhanced with a clock tower and fountain in 1897. This clock tower is to commemorate the centenary of Malaysia's first and oldest State Legislative Assembly Meeting in 1867.


Date of Issue : 24 May 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 5 x 30 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography


The Teluk Intan Clock Tower is slanted leftward, similar to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, hence earning the name Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan, the Malaysian equivalent of Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The reasons the tower leans are due the soft ground on which it was built, as well as the weight of the water in the water tank, which causes it to lean towards the southwest.

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