The Malaysian Houses of Parliament is a is a modern complex where the Malaysian Parliament assembles. It symbolises the democratic system that Malaysia practises. The building is located at the west fringe of the Lake Gardens close to the National Monument.
The building was Designed by Ivor Shipley, a British architect in the Public Works Department, the construction commenced in September 1962, and the opening of the new Parliament building was officiated by Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong, on November 21, 1963.
The complex was constructed during the period when the federal government was based in Kuala Lumpur. While the vast majority of government operations has moved to Putrajaya since the late-1990s, the parliament continues to convene at Kuala Lumpur's Parliament House.
The complex comprises of two parts: a three-storey whitewashed main building and a 20-storey tall tower. The main building hosts two national assembly halls. The House of Representatives and the Senate. The representatives' offices are located in the tower.
Visitors are required to write a letter of application before visiting the place. They also need to be properly dressed. There is also a dress code one must adhere to. The women are advised to wear long sleeves, trousers or long dresses while the men wear long sleeved shirt and long pants.
Visitors are free to take photos of the building’s exterior façade, however taking pictures inside the building is not permitted.
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Monday - Friday: 8.00 a.m - 4.00 p.m
However appointment need to be made for a visit.
There is no entrance fee.
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It won’t be as easy as visiting the nearby Lake Gardens, but it’s really not that hard to get in. All you need to do is to write a letter to their corporate communications department and, upon approval, make sure you follow the dress codes.
The National Monument is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960.