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World Tallest Building Opens in Malaysia
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 World Tallest Building Opens in Malaysia 
KUALA LUMPUR, August 31 (Xinhua) -- The world's tallest
building -- Malaysia's Petronas Twin Towers was officially opened
Tuesday night.

Opening the building on the occasion of Malaysia's 42nd
National Day, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said the Petronas
Twin Towers is a symbol of the country's towering ambition to
become a developed country.

The 1.8 billion ringgit (473.684 million U.S. dollars) 88-story
building, located at the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC), is a
steel and glass architectural marvel that gained international
fame through a recent Hollywood movie "Entrapment" and is also a
symbol of the country's progress, Mahathir said.

"We are not a big country nor a very rich one. But we build
what we can afford. And we can afford the Twin Towers," he said at
a ceremony held amid a dazzling light-and-sound show that lit up
the sky.

Mahathir said that the Twin Towers, owned by the national oil
corporation -- Petronas, was built because " a country needs
something to look up to".

Had Malaysia been in economic turmoil when the decision to
build the project was made several years ago, "we would not have
decided to build the Twin Towers," he said, adding this was
because the project was not as high in terms of priority as truly
infrastructure projects such as the now-postponed hydroelectric
Bakun dam or the new international airport.

Mahathir was confident that over time, the controversy and
snide remarks surrounding the Petronas Twin Towers would cease and
the people would think of the project as the symbol of Malaysia's
progress.

The Petronas Twin Towers was a very sophisticated building
whose construction required the latest know-how, he said, adding
the locals had gained a lot of experience from managing the
construction of the tower and the complex and this experience
would definitely enhance the knowledge and expertise of
Malaysians. 

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