By BERNAMA / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
The construction of Permodalan Nasional Bhd’s (PNB) Menara Warisan Merdeka is on track for completion by early 2021.
The three phases of development include the iconic Merdeka PNB118, a 630m tower which is set to be the tallest building in South-East Asia when completed.
It will house PNB group of companies, a retail mall, residential apartments and condominiums, as well as a commercial building.
President and group CEO Datuk Abdul Rahman Ahmad said the construction of the 118-storey PNB118 Tower is underway at the 61st floor.
“We expect 78% of the building to be completed by year-end. The cost is within budget and we are not affected by the ringgit fluctuation as we have locked the cost with the contractor as it was a fixed-price contract,” he told reporters after the breaking of Ramadhan fast in Kuala Lumpur.
As for the existing PNB office building, he said PNB still has no plan on the 40-year old building as it needs refurbishment.
“Once we’ve move to the new building, we will look at what we need to do with the building, and make plans in order for it to generate income,” he said.
As part of its corporate social responsibility drive during Ramadhan, PNB recently held the breaking of fast for over 150 children from four orphanages in Selangor.
The orphanages are Pertubuhan Kebajikan Ukhuwah Anak Yatim Islam dan Miskin Daerah Sabak Bernam, Sungai Besar; Pertubuhan Anak Yat im Miskin Daerah Kuala Langat, Banting; Rumah Siti Kadijah Anak-Anak Yatim Puteri, Klang; and Persatuan Jagaan Per tubuhan Pengurusan Agama Anak-Anak Yatim Sekendi, Sabak Bernam.
At the event, PNB presented “duit raya” of RM100 each to the children along with basic essentials, comprising a backpack and towel, besides a donation of RM10,000 to each of the orphanages.
“We hope the contributions will bring joy to the children by easing their financial burden and ensuring their welfare, in addition to providing necessities for the four orphanages.
“We had also advised the children to persevere to excel in their studies and strive to do their best despite their adversity,” Abdul Rahman said. — Bernama