GENERAL POST OFFICE

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1.0 History and Background



Photo: The General Post Office in 2010
Picture taken by Zamri Salleh (USM)


The General Post Office of Kuala Lumpur (Pejabat Pos Besar Kuala Lumpur) was originally located beside the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It is situated specifically at 384, Jalan Raja, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur. The site of the General Post Office is located at Lot 40, with a size of 2,081 meter square in Section 3, between Jalan Raja, Holland Road and Clarke St. This site was originally owned by Loke Yew, however it was bought over by the state government of Selangor on March 1, 1903.




Photo: This building is attached to Sultan Abdul Samad Building, at Kompleks B
Picture taken by Zamri Salleh (USM)







The General Post Office was built in a period of 1 year and 11 months. Construction of the office started after August 1904 and completed in June 1907. The architect behind this unique building is A. C. Norman, an architect that was attached to the government at that point of time. A. C. Norman was assisted by A. B.Hubback who was the designer of the building. C. E. Spooner, the state engineer at that time recorded in his report on the Public Works Department on the 10th April, 1895 to the government of Selangor that the estimate for construction was $152, 000 and the accommodation promised is for all departments exclusive of the Chinese Secretary, Printing and Police, but inclusive of the Posts and Telegraphs and Sanitary Board.

Upon completion, the structure was first used as the General Post office from 1907 – 1984. However, the function of General Post Office was readapted to Court of Appeal in 1992.

2.0 Timeline

St. George’s Church had undergone through many events since it was built. The events are as follows:

Year

Event

1887

Re-preparation of plans for a new Post Office near the town

1890

Birch's Report on the Land Department

1903

Site for Post Office was confirmed and bought over by the state government of Selangor from initial owner, Loke Yew

1904

New Post Office, Kuala Lumpur

1906

Unsatisfactory progress made up for completion for new Museum. Required when the new Post Offices will be finished

1907

Completion of the new Post Office, Kuala Lumpur

1950

General Post Office, Kuala Lumpur and Administrative Building established

1984

Moved to Dayabumi Complex nearby Central Market.

1985

Operations of the new Post Office begun. It is managed by Pos Malaysia

1992

The original structure of the General Post Office was readapted and transformed into a Court of Appeal



3.0 The Architecture
The General Post Office was designed and built by A.C. Norman assisted by A. B Hubback. The design of this building is greatly influenced by the Northern Indian Moorish architecture or in other words in the style of 'Raj” and is attached to Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Kompleks B.


4.0 References

[Website]

1. Larry Lam’s Guide Note, Kuala Lumpur.
Available at: http:www.lamjo.tripod.com/sasb.html

2. Virtual Malaysia.
Available at: http://www.virtualmalaysia.com/destination/Sultan%20Abdul%20Samad%20Building.html

3. The Malaysia Explorer.
Available at: http://www.malaysian-explorer.com/sultanAbdulSamadBuilding.html

4. Malaysia Vacation Guide.
Available at: http://www.malaysiavacationguide.com/sultanabdulsamadbuilding.html

[Other Resource]

1. Professor Dr. A. Ghafar Ahmad, “Chronological Biography of Arthur Charles Alfred Norman” Article published in the Journal of Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. LXX Part 1, June 1997 pg. 21-29

2. Professor Dr. A. Ghafar Ahmad, “Restoration of Building Façade of Sultan Abdul Samad Building”, ACCU Nara International Correspondent, The Eight Regular Report. Pg 17 – 19.

3. Gullick, John. “In the Mahometan Style Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad”. The Heritage magazine, April – June 2009 issue, pg 9 – 13.

4. “Senarai Daftar Warisan Kebangsaan”, Jabatan Warisan Negara, Kementerian Penerangan, Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan (KPKK)