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The Leaning Clock Tower
One of the main attractions of Teluk Intan is the Leaning Clock Tower. This tower was built by a Chinese architect Mr Leong Choon Cheong and it also acts as a reservoir to supply water to the residents and also acts as a clock tower.
This tower no longer holds water but the clock stil functions and chimes every 15 minutes. The area surrounding the tower has been restored with bricks and now is being used as a plaza for various formal or informal activities. A road in the city centre of Teluk Intan is named Jalan Ah Cheong to recognise Mr Leong Choon Cheong who builts that tower.
This clock tower is situated between the intersection of the square plaza which is Jalan Pasar and Jalan Ah Cheong with Jalan Selat and Jalan Bandar on left and right side of tower.
1885 – year built
1892 – according to Mr. S. Durai Raja Singam in his book .A Hundred Years of Ceylonese in Malaya And Singapore (pg. 172), 1867-1967. Mr. S. Sabapathy (Ass. Engineer),P.W.D. Teluk Intan who assisted in building the construction.
Architect : Unknown but according to records, “A hundred years of Ceylonese in Malaysia and Singapore” (1867-1967), Mr S.Sabapathy (Asst Engineer), P.W.D. Teluk Intan, helped in the construction.
List Of Donors : A Chinese contractor known as Leong Choon Cheong and a Ceylonese contractor built and were the main donors. Donations from the residents purchased the Key Clock from London made by J.W Benson- Ludgatehill London.
Through research made on the Leaning Clock Tower that was known as Tall Clock, the reasons and motives of building it was as to store water for the locals during drought season, in order to up-grade the British Management then, to supply water in case of fire, as a time-keeper, s a pinnacle of the town.
History Of Ownership
When contractor Leong Choon Cheong wanted to build this clock tower, it was undeniable that the Britsh was the owner and the administrator at that time. After independence in 1957, this clock tower automatically becomes national property and now it is under the authority of Perak Governement. During the Japanese administration, this building was used by the Japanese soldiers as a control tower to watch for enemies.
History Of Usage/ Rental
1. 1940 – Scout’s Office on the 2nd floor
2. 1977 to 1992 – National Family Planning Board
Description Of Style
With careful examination, the Leaning Clock Tower has the biggest influence of Chinese Architecture. This is because of the Pagoda
concept. Even if it was built during the British administration, the Chinese influence, donors and contractors succeeded to fight for their culture. It is obviously shown on the external façade like the gate, tiled roof and its tiled decorations, proves how rich the Chinese architectural and culture are. From the outside, this building looks like it is an eight (8) storey building; but actually it only has three (3) floors.
This clock tower has 110 steps that connect each floor that is 15.5’ high. The wonders of this building architecture, is that it is made from wood and stone structure; there is a passage which is 6’ft wide with a 2’ft wide wall that is decorated with green stones. The detailed architectural and the planning of space can be seen from the adaption of its usage as a water tank on the 3rd floor that was made from pieces of steel as high as 16 ft and volume of 680 cubic feet. The bottom part on the building measures at central line 43 ft and it stands at 27ft upwards.
The building was built on a soft land structure and also the weight of the water tank that was holding water made it lean to the west.
If you are using the coastal road from Kuala Lumpur, go towards the direction of Kuala Selangor. You will pass by the town of Pasir Penampang where you can detour and have your seafood here. Further up north, you will pass the towns of Sekinchan and Sabak Bernam. Follow the signage to Teluk Intan and you will reach the leaning tower after a drive of approximately 2 hour plus from Kuala Lumpur.
The opening hours of the tower is 8:00am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 6:00pm during weekends and public holidays.