Bapa Malaysia's Last Home

𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐓𝐮𝐧𝐤𝐮 𝐀𝐛𝐝𝐮𝐥 𝐑𝐚𝐡𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐠, 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐮𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐲 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐡𝐝𝐢𝐫?

Located just a short walk away from Youth Park, Jalan Ayer Rajah was renamed to Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman to honour our first Prime Minister, who chose to spend his remaining years in a bungalow here, which he named 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐡𝐝𝐢𝐫 (Fate).

Below is an excerpt from Tunku Abdul Rahman's message, which prefaced an old book (Historical Personalities of Penang).

"When we moved to independence it was suggested that perhaps Penang and Province Wellesley might be handed back to Kedah, or at least Province Wellesley because it was under lease to the British Government, but I said, "No Penang has developed a character of its own and will make a useful member of the Federation of Malaya, so leave it alone". All the states went to make up Malaysia and Malaysia was the sole object of our loyalty.

I myself have decided to make my home in Penang, and it happened by accident rather than by design. When i left Kuala Lumpur on way to Kedah I stopped over for the Alliance Party, and my good friend Mr Tan Kim Yeow told me he had been offered two houses and would like me to take one of them.

Next day i went and saw the two houses nos 14 and 16 Jalan Ayer Rajah (now Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman) and i took a liking to No.16. It was an old house built in 1929 with a semi-tropical architecture on 1.5 acres of land. I liked it and bought it and named the house "Takhdir" (fate)."

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