The towering Merdeka 118 has stood unfinished for more than a year now as KL-ites still drive-by each time in awe of it even though almost half of it is still very much visible concrete.
So, that brings us the question to many who pass by that have pondered on – when will it be finished? Unfortunately, the tower that is formerly known as KL118, will be delayed for more than six months, according to Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) president and group chief executive, Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn
Zulqarnain told Bernama that Phase 1 and 2 of the Merdeka 118 precinct are expected to be ready by the second quarter (Q2) of 2022 instead of the end of 2021 as it initially targeted. He also cited that the cause of the delays were none other than the Movement Control Order (MCO) that has been set in place following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Adhering to the requirements of the MCO, he said that the Merdeka 118 construction site was shut down during the first three phases and gradually reopened from May 13, 2020, onwards.
Upon completion, Merdeka 118 will be Malaysia’s tallest building at a height of 656 metres, taller than the 452 metre Petronas Twin Towers.
PNB and its subsidiaries will reportedly take up 42 floors while 14 floors are for amenities. Four other floors will be used as observation decks and 41 floors for office rental.
The upper 17 floors will be home to Park Hyatt Hotel Kuala Lumpur operated by Hyatt Hotels Corps.
The five star hotel will have 232 guest rooms, 28 suites and 30 serviced apartments as well.
In the meantime, phase 3 of the development consisting of three residential towers is due to be completed in 2024/2025, the launch for those residential towers were also rescheduled to 2021 from the supposing the end of this year.