Completed in 1897, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is famed for its Moorish architecture and was previously the first administrative centre of the Malayan government. Designed by A.C. Norman and R.A.J. Bidwell, its 40m-high clock tower is one of its many stand-out features. It once housed the Federal Court, and is currently home to the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture.
Malaya's independence was declared in front of this building on August 31, 1957, opposite Dataran Merdeka or the Merdeka Square. The clock tower also became the venue for the standardisation of time between East Malaysia, West Malaysia and Singapore on January 1, 1982.