Rumah Merdeka

“Merdeka” means a lot to every Malaysian. The word was chanting out seven times, profoundly, by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, at the ceremony of celebrating the independence day of Malaysia.

The House of Merdeka, indeed, is the house of the first prime minister of this land, Tunku Abdul Rahman. He is also known as Bapa Malaysia and Bapa Kemerdekaan. This house was landed on the birth place of the prime minister in Alor setar; it was once built in wooden as Rumah Jalan Baru in the time of Japanese Occupation. In 1953, Tunku had rebuilt the house in brick and remain the top floor as a plank house. It is now opened as a museum and open to the public.

There are two floor, ground floor which contains guest room, dining hall and leisure area facing the Anak Bukit River. Furthermore, the upper floors has the tunku bedroom, praying room and study corner. Besides, the outdoor has the rest stands, pools and boat house.

Once you step in here, it wasn’t just historical, it also contains a lot of memories of Tunku.

The name Rumah Merdeka was given by the Tunku's friends such as Senu Abdul Rahman, Khir Johari and Tan Cheng Lock, who visited him here on a number of occasions. When he became prime minister of Malaysia, the Tunku continued to use the house whenever he was in Kedah, and after he went into retirement, the house continued to be used for meetings among leaders of UMNO.

It is said that the Tunku wrote the script of Mahsuri and Raja Bersiong, in Rumah Merdeka. These were eventually made into movies. The house was also the initial venue of a goodwill mission by an Indonesian delegation to meet Malaysian representatives, which paved the way to the end of Confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia.

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