What happens at the Petronas towers when it closes?
You’ve gone up to the skybridge and back down. You’ve asked if you can go further up, and been told no. So, you shop till you drop all day at the giant Suria shopping mall under the iconic Petronas towers.
The mall sits under the two twin rocket like towers that house offices for high-end international companies. Tower one is fully occupied by the owners PETRONAS. Although a corporation of many divisions now, it’s legacy and wealth is established in oil.
Tower two is occupied by many, including Accenture, Al Jazeera International, Bloomberg, Boeing, IBM, McKinsey & Co, and Microsoft.
I don’t know what the rent is at Petronas towers, but, I imagine it’s more than what most people earn in a few years.
007 style security at Petronas towers
Unless you’ve been in a bank after hours, the closest thing to watch high-end security like that of Petronas is to watch the film Entrapment. Or, James Bond in a high tech baddies lair.
Magnetic Control Systems created a high-end security system for Petronas. Electronic ID pass cards, voice photo identification systems, along with closed circuit cameras, proximity readers, air gates, laser sensors and alarms monitor vehicles and pedestrians alike.
There’s a 24 hour fire service, in-house. And a company sized IT department to keep the buildings communication systems working without fail.
The towers have been designed to withstand earthquakes, and many experts have theorized that they would be able to withstand a 9/11 style attack.
These rocket looking towers are trend setting not only in design, but also in security.
What happens after office hours at Petronas towers
There’s a concert hall and cinema, so if there is a film, or even a showing there is still access in and out to these areas. Meanwhile up in the towers, offices close as they would anywhere else. Private firm personnel are able to come and go, albeit under tighter security.
Meanwhile in Suria KLCC shopping mall there is a full force cleaning crew at work, and quite interestingly a hive of activity from after store workers setting up for the next day.
So efficient is this system that mini vans drive in to re stock stores. Set up center mall displays. And, run inspections.
Outside Petronas the parking lot is filled with money cars
Make no mistake about it. There is more money here than in many small countries. Lexus’, BMW’s, Limos, and all manner of any shade of black big cars wait for executives to come down from the offices. At this stage, I’ve seen enough.
There’s simply just too much money on display here for my liking. And, watching executives come down after working hours to these cars, drivers waiting, simply grates a little with me. In a world of celebrity politicians, I don’t even want to think about celebrity corporate stars.
Bye bye Kuala Lumpur, I’ll see you again no doubt
I’ve not gone into detail about Kuala Lumpur for a reason. I’m trying to play catch up to my journey. A lot is going on personally, and I need some time to write it down. It’s an unexpected bolt from the unknown. So I must keep moving.
I do like Kuala Lumpur. But, there’s something not right about the place. What goes on show, is not how life is there. Not even remotely. From fast swathes of illegal immigrants, to human rights violations there’s a lot going on beneath the surface. And, to be honest, I don’t know if I want to pry much further.
I do know I’ll be back.
For now though, this city of huge ethnic diversity will continue to shine on.
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