Sunday, 27 May 2012

Muzium Telekom Malaysia

I think it was my second visit to the museum located at Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur. But only this time I am writing this post because when I first visited it in the 90s, blog is not around yet.
The museum is open to the public daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm except on public holidays and entrance is FREE.
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The musuem was built during the colonial days in 1928 to place the central battery version of main manual telephone. it was build with an undeground space and orderly floor for the installation of telecomunications facilitiesand became the main telephone office back then.
It was built with a “G” style and has internal boundary corridors with a service court. Like all other colonia buildings at that time, this double-storey building was build by carpentary according to its weights and structires. To suit the cables installation for telephonic hall at the second floor, wooden floors supported by metal crossbars were built. Glass windows were built with symmetry and dolled up to show the neo-classic style, adaptation from the 19th Century. One of the classic and unique architecture is the 8 lonia pillars between 2 towers facing Jalan Gereja.
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Photo: The museum from Jalan Gereja. Notice the 8 lonia pillars?
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It began in 1870 with telegraph services linking the island of Penang, Malacca and Singapore to London via submarine cables. In 1876, the first telegraphic communication began between Taiping and Kuala Kangsar. The first telephone was installed in Kuala Lumpur in 1891and when the manual telephone exchange was built in 1928, the telephone service started to grow.
In 1938, the manual system was replaced by semi-automatic system. Telecommunications in Malaysia then entered the broadcasting era when radio station in Kenny Hill began broadcasting in 1936.
Then in 1958, the first microwave station in Bukit Nanas was completed, This allows the first national station television broadcast in 1963. Phone service moved into modern era when connection remotely dial (STD) was introduced in 1962. International direct dialing service (IDD) was introduced in 1979. Mobile phone services or ATUR 450 was introduced in 1985.
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On the second floor visitors will be able to walk the journey through moment in time relating the growth of telecomunication in Malaysia beginning in 1874 when the telephone make its debut in Perak to the use of  internet and Skype .
Muzium Telekom
Tingkat 2, Jalan Raja Chulan,
50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603-2031 9966  Fax: 603-2031 5925
References: Pamphlet- discovery of Telecommunications in Malaysia produced by Muzium Telekom.

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