𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐉𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐤𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐆𝐞𝐥𝐮𝐠𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚 𝐧𝐨𝐰-𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐮𝐦?
𝐼𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑦, 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛 5,000 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑞𝑢𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑢𝑚 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑃𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑀𝑎𝑟𝑐𝑜𝑠, 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑇𝑢𝑛𝑘𝑢 𝐴𝑏𝑑𝑢𝑙 𝑅𝑎ℎ𝑚𝑎𝑛.
The Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman. Pic credit: http://fri.dof.gov.my/fri.php/pages/view/2877 On 29 September 1968, Tunku Abdul Rahman officially opened the $1 million aquarium in Glugor which he hoped would be an added tourist attraction in Penang.
During the opening, the aquarium had a colourful display of 130 types of marine and fresh water fish in 43 water tanks.
Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee, the then Penang Chief Minister, said that the aquarium was a "very unique institution" whose primary function was to serve as a research institute, and a place of interest for tourists.
Interestingly, more than 5,000 people demonstrated in front of the aquarium to condemn the actions of President Marcos, surprising Tunku Abdul Rahman.
In the 70s, the aquarium was even visited by kings and queens. The aquarium was visited by Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong, as well as Prince Akihito (former Emperor of Japan) and Princess Michiko.
However, the aquarium had to be demolished in 1984 due to structural defects and ten years later, the Fisheries Research Institute in Gelugor moved to its new complex in Batu Maung. Today, although all that is left of the once-illustrious aquarium is a roadsign, one can still visit the relocated aquarium in Batu Maung, which is also an amazing place to get up close with marine fishes.
The current Akuarium Tunku Abdul Rahman in Batu Maung.
Now we all know the history of Jalan Akuarium!
Sources: eresources.nlb.gov.sg http://fri.dof.gov.my/fri.php/pages/view/2877