Wisma Bapa Malaysia

Wisma Bapa Malaysia also known as Bangunan Tunku Abdul Rahman is the Sarawak state secretariat building housing various government departments, including the chief minister office.[2] It is located in Petra Jaya, Kuching. Wisma Bapa Malaysia was designed to be similar to the Malaysian Houses of Parliament in Kuala Lumpur in many aspects.

Wisma Bapa Malaysia
(Bangunan Tunku Abdul Rahman)
Wisma Bapa Malaysia.jpg
Side view of the building
General information
TypeGovernment offices
LocationKuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Coordinates1°34′4″N 110°21′6″E / 1.56778°N 110.35167°E / 1.56778; 110.35167Coordinates: 1°34′4″N 110°21′6″E / 1.56778°N 110.35167°E / 1.56778; 110.35167
Construction started30 August 1973
Opening17 August 1976
OwnerSarawak State Government
Roof81.76 m (268.2 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count22


Backside of Wisma Bapa Malaysia

Since its inception in August 1976, the building is sited on 90 acres (360,000 m2) manicured gardens. The foundation stone of the Wisma Bapa Malaysia complex was laid by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, on 30 August 1973 at the satellite township of Petra Jaya. The building was completed in 1976 and officially opened by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Yahya Petra of Kelantan on 17 August 1976 followed by the Rulers' Conference in the building complex.

State assembly buildingEdit

The Old State Legislative Assembly building within Wisma Bapa Malaysia complex.

This building complex also housed the August Institution (state assembly building) (1°34′9″N 110°21′0.1″E / 1.56917°N 110.350028°E / 1.56917; 110.350028) from August 1976 until May 2009. The state assembly later moved to the New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building after the period. Assembly sittings were held in the August House for over a period of 33 years. As the oldest August Institution in Malaysia, the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly was established after its inaugural meeting in Bintulu, Sarawak on 8 September 1867. The three-floor building can accommodate about 1,000 people, with 160 seats and a gallery for 224 people.

As of April 2012, the building is under a very bad condition since the state assembly moved to the new building. No refurbishment plans on the building were made.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Wisma Bapa Malaysia Emporis. URL assessed on 6 March 2012
  2. ^ "Wisma Bapa Malaysia". Sarawak Chief Minister's Department. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  3. ^ "And so we've left it to rot (opinion by The Tired Eye)". The Borneo Post. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.