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Photograph of the old MTC building then known as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Hall
 
The original building was relatively smaller than the existing one and had since undergone several renovations. It was initially erected in 1935 byMr Eu Tong Sen to serve as a family residence. He was an infamous rich tin-miner and a rubber plantation owner in Kuala Lumpur.

Constructed byskillful workers known as the "Master Builders", it was built on an area encompassing 2.6 hectares that used to be a rambutan orchard. Just as any other buildings erected during that era, it did not use the service of a trained architect. The only people involved in the construction of government buildings then were the English servicemen.
 
At the advent of World War Two and immediately after the Japanese Army Occupation in Malaya, the British Administration took over the building and turned it into their military office in Kuala Lumpur.

When the Japanese gained control over Kuala Lumpur, they took it in their hands. Then the building returned to the British's authority upon their victory over the Japanese Army in 1945.
On February 24, 1948, a historical event took place at the building. It was the first meeting for the Federal Council of the Federation of Malaya.

As the Federation of Malaya was gearing itself towards Independence, the building was chosen as the Federal Military Office responsible for the set up of the military troops for an independent nation. The building was officially launched as the Federal Military Office on July 15, 1956 byMajor General F.H. Brooks who was appointed as the highest ranking personnel in the Federal Army. Then onwards, it became the premise for several meetings pertaining to early national military policies.
 
 
A gathering during the official launching of the Parliament byHis Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on September 12, 1959

 

 
   
   
     
 


After the independence of the Federation of Malaya on August 31, 1957, the building played a vital role in fulfilling the necessities of an independent country.

Since the administrative government required spaces for newly formed departments, necessary steps were initiated to renovate the existing building as an office space and a meeting place. In addition, the Military Office was also relocated to a new place at Sungai Udang, Melaka in 1958.
 
 
Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman Building when it was occupied bythe National Art Gallery
   
   
   
Efforts were also taken to build an annexe for use of national and international conferences as well as official events. The responsibility for giving the facelift to the edifice was put on the shoulders of the Public Works Department with architects namely Mr. Dinsdale, Mr. Shipley and an assistant, Mr. Jewkes. The cost of the building totaled RM 750, 000.
   
 
 
Ceremony of the First Session of the Parliament at Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 12 September 1959
 
The hall was officially opened on February 24,1958 byYTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the first Prime Minister of Malaya. In honour of the premier, it was then named, Tunku Abdul Rahman Hall, after him. In conjunction with its official opening, the Economy Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) conference took place at the premise. Indeed, it was the first international level conference ever held there.

Since the Independence Day, the building had occasionally housed various government agencies. Balai Seni Lukis or the National Arts Gallery was one of them. It was officiated byYTM Tunku Abdul Rahman on August 27, 1958. Consequently, it remained the longest there from 1958 to 1984. On May 20, 1984, the National Arts Gallery moved to its new building at the former Majestic Hotel at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.
 
   
   
The National Archives, formerly known as the Public Records Office, once occupied part of Tunku Abdul Rahman Hall for a year since its inception on December 1, 1957. In addition, the building also housed the Keeper of the Royal Seal office between 1974 and 1979.
   
   
Since playing host to the international conference in 1958, the building also witnessed several important historical events. One of them was the inaugural opening of the Federation of Malaya Conference byHis Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong I The Late Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad on September 12, 1959.

Among those present were 104 members of the Parliament who were successful in the elections held on August 19, 1959. The date marked the existence of the Federal Parliament in the country, symbolizing national democracy.

 

 
 
The installation of the third Yang di Pertuan Agong His Majesty Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Syed Hassan Jamalullail at Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 4 January 1961
   
   
Furthermore, the Hall has also once been a Balairong Seri for the installation of the Their Majesties the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, held with pomp and tradition. Among the Their Majesties' installations were Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail on January 4, 1961 (Yang di-Pertuan Agong III); The Late Tuanku Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Zainal Abidin on April 11, 1966 (Yang di-Pertuan Agong IV); Tuanku Abdul Halim Muazzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badli Shah on February 20, 1971 (Yang di-Pertuan Agong V) and The Late Tuanku Yahya Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim on February 1976 (Yang di-Pertuan Agong VI).

 

 
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24 Feb 1948

First Meeting for the Federal Council of the Federation of Malaya.

15 July 1956

The launching of Federal Military Office byMajor General F.H. Brooks.

1957

An annexe was built for use of national and international conferences. The responsibility for giving the facelift to the edifice was put on the shoulders of the Public Works Department with architects namely Mr. Dinsdale, Mr. Shipley and an assistant, Mr. Jewkes in charged. The cost of the building totaled RM 750, 000 .

24 Feb 1958

The hall was officially opened on February 24,1958 byYTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the first Prime Minister of Malaya. In honour of the premier, it was then named, Tunku Abdul Rahman Hall, after him. In conjunction with its official opening, the Economy Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) conference took place at the premise. Indeed, it was the first international level conference ever held there

27 Ougust 1958

Balai Seni Lukis or the National Arts Gallery was officiated byYTM Tunku Abdul Rahman.

28 November 1958

National Dinner to celebrate the Fisrt Prime Minister.

12 September 1959

The First Parliamentary Seating of Malay Federation byD.Y.M.M. Yang di-Pertuan Agong Pertama Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad.

25 January 1960

The inaugural opening of the Federation of Malaya Conference byHis Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong . The Late Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Muhammad .

31 January 1960

Opening Ceremony of National Week Language byY.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

4 January 1961

The installation of the third Yang Di Pertuan Agong.

31 January 1963

The launching of Television Malaysia byY.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the Prime Minister of Malaysia .

31 January 1964

The official launching of International Islamic Congress byY.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

15 January 1965

The launching of SEACOM (Telekom Cabel System).

11 April 1966

The installation of the fourth Yang Di Pertuan Agong .

1963-1968

The Keeper of the Royal Seal office was housed in the building.

11 July 1968

The official launching ceremony of International Archives Council, Southeast Asia Branch (SARBICA) byTun Abdul Razak, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

5 January 1970

The official opening of the Fifth International Development Seminar byTun Abdul Razak, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia 

20 February 1971 The installation of the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
5 December 1974

The official opening of Bank Simpanan Nasional byTun Abdul Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

28 February 1976 The installation of the sixth Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
20 April 1981

The official opening of Amanah Saham Nasional byTun Hussein Onn, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

8 Jun 1981

The official opening of the District Security Committee Chairmen's Conference byY.A.B Dato' Seri Mahathir Mohamad, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

23 July 1983

The official opening of Annual Conference of GERAKAN's Representative byY.A.B Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia .

 

 
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