Got yer attention, didn’t I.

Actually it’s a ‘howler’ (not to be confused with hawala mentioned in the news lately) which appeared in a (foreign?) website which read:

PNB planning 100-storey skyscraper in Thailand

14 Dec 2009

Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) is investigating the possibility of constructing a new 100-storey building in Kuala Lumpur.

The proposed building would be situated close to Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara if work on the site is deemed to be viable, reports Bernama.

Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman, PNB president and group chief executive, said that the company’s board needed to examine the proposals in more detail before an official announcement was made.

“We have to go through the board of directors first,” he stated.

“God willing, we will make an announcement accordingly.”

If construction does go ahead on the 72-hectare site, the completed building could become Thailand’s largest building, exceeding the height of the 88-storey Petronas Twin towers, which currently holds that honour.

Earlier this month, it was reported that a PNB subsidiary, Amanah Saham Nasional Bhd, has attracted 700,000 new investors over the course of 2009, compared to 500,000 in 2008.

(Go here for the errr .. misreporting and here for Bernama’s)

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Geeez, I thought it was bad enough we lost two jet engines but an entire 100 storey building would definitely be indigestible.

Anywayz, I guess it’s alright coz the building has not been constructed yet. Perhaps, the architect had better incorporate a secure locking system just to ensure no ‘traitors’ will actually try to uproot it somehow and sell it on E-Bay.

Seriously though, I do have these questions:

a) Do we really need another concrete monstrosity straddling metropolitan KL and so close to Merdeka stadium, itself a national heritage (2003)?

b) ” …  construction work on the building was expected to commence in the first quarter of next year.” See Bernama report. Whoaa .. when exactly were the plans submitted to the MOF to warrant a ground-breaking ceremony by early 2010?

c) Is someone in PNB trying to curry favors with the nation’s new administration by re-introducing this grandiose mega building? Perhaps, with the penthouse given free to a certain uber-blubber shopaholic personality as a deal clincher?

d) Petronas Twin Towers was apparently built at a cost of US$1.2 billion in the mid 90s. How much will it cost PNB to build this new skyscraper? Let’s not forget that PNB is the country’s largest fund management company operating a number of unit trusts (ASN, ASB, ASD, yada, yada, and including the latest AS1M by NTR) in which Malaysians have invested.

e) Lastly, will it be named “C4ntr-E” as the New Babylon of a political dynasty?

Ok, ok, I ran out of Qs alright. Sooo .. I just hadda slide in that last one.

Btw since I’m in the mood – what do you call an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) that bounces back and blows up your butt instead. It’s called an NTR RPGT.