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Ipoh Railway Station , Ipoh | Malaysia

The Ipoh railway station is a Malaysian train station located at the south-western side of and named after the capital city of Ipoh, Perak. It serves as the main railway terminal for the state under Keretapi Tanah Melayu, offering KTM Intercity services, ETS services, as well as handling freight trains. Although there are 9 tracks, only four are electrified and three of the electrified tracks are used for ETS and Intercity services. While the rest (6 other tracks) are use as a freight yard . Designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, the current station was officially opened in 1917. Affectionately known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh by its locals, the building also houses a station hotel called the Majestic Hotel .
The first Ipoh station was constructed in 1894 as railway tracks for the Perak Railway (PR) were first laid along Ipoh, serving the town for 20 years through the final years of the PR and its consolidation into the Federated Malay States Railways (FMSR).

In 1914, construction of a se…

Royal Malaysian Police Museum | Malaysia

The Royal Malaysian Police Museum contains a fascinating collection of artefacts and exhibits detailing the role and history of the RMP from its inception up to the present day . Since 1997 the RMP Museum has been housed at No.5 Jalan Perdana (formerly Jalan Venning) in a building which used to be the Senior Police Officers' Mess .
There are also some interesting displays on the police's role in fighting organized crime syndicates' drugs and forgery operations and in busting secret societies (triads). One display shows the equipment used in the swearing-in ceremony of Ang Bin Hoay (one such secret society) which involves decapitating a white cockerel .
The Royal Malaysian Police Museum's bulkiest exhibits are outside in the grounds.

These include:

1. Armoured Wickham Trolley. An armoured railway car (see photo) used from 1953-1960 to guard the track. It was manned by 5-6 police personnel. It must have been hot!

2. Sankey AT-105 Armoured Car. See photo.

3. GMC Armoured …

Tun Abdul Razak Memorial , Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia

The Tun Abdul Razak Memorial was opened in 1982 to commemorate the life and times of Tun Abdul Razak who served as the second Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1970 - 1976 . It is housed in the Sri Taman Building which was the official residence of Tun Abdul Razak from 1962 until his death in 1976.

The memorial is divided into 2 sections , The first section provides a biography on the man who was highly regarded as an effective administrator and known for his contributions to rural development and social justice. He was nicknamed 'The Father of Development' . This section contains many of his personal possessions including his collection of walking sticks, his favourite golf buggy and speed boat. Also gifts and souvenirs that he received in the course of his official duties. Interestingly, his bedroom and study have been preserved with their original 1960s/1970s furniture which must have been state-of-the-art when it was first purchased but now looks very outdated .
The second …

Malaysia National Museum , Kuala Lumpur | Malaysia

The National Museum - Muzium Negara is a museum located on Jalan Damansara in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia . The museum is situated in close proximity to the Perdana Lake Gardens and it provides an overview of Malaysian history and culture . The National Museum is a palatial structure built in the style of Rumah Gadang , an aspect of Minangkabau architecture . Its facade comprises elements of traditional Malay and modern features . It was opened on 31 August 1963 , and it serves as a repository of Malaysia’s rich cultural and historical heritage .
The National Museum is a three-story structure of 109.7 meters long and 15.1 meters wide and 37.6 meters at the central point. The museum houses four main galleries allotted to ethnology and natural history. The displays range from free-standing tableaux showing cultural events like weddings, festivals and costumes; to traditional weapons, musical instruments, arts and crafts, ceramics, and flora and fauna .
The National Museum was established o…