Hi. This is Patrick Teoh. I drove past the site of the new Istana Negara last evening. Well okay la I might have driven past it before but I never knew what it was until yesterday. The place is HUMONGOUS! It’s like acres of land. The buildings going up look like they go on forever. I tried to mentally compare it to Buckingham Palace in London and from photos I’ve seen of the USA’s White House. They pale in comparison I think. Surely another entry for the Malaysian Book Of Records. Of course the next thing that popped into my mind was WAFFOR ah? Then I thought okay la the Brits only have one old queen to house but we have ….how many?.....nine I think. So need a bigger house lor. Right or not?
But my 10 year-old daughter Laura asked the embarrassing question which I must admit I couldn’t answer. When I told her what the gigantic building site was she asked why it was necessary to build a new istana. “The old one is good.” And when I told her that it was going to cost RM800 million or more she asked rather innocently why the Chinese Government type school she goes to couldn’t get money to build a new canteen while 800 million is spent on a new palace?
I am ashamed to admit that we drove the rest of our journey in total silence.