On a Sunday morning I visited the newly-renovated Birch Clock Tower. A young couple from KL were taking photographs. They were surprised that there was no signage giving information about the monument. They knew nothing of the history of this Tower.
The only signboards I saw were in the flower bed stating that the Menteri Besar and the Mayor had planted the ‘leaves’.
From the layout of the place, it looks like the main entrance is from the side lane adjacent to OCBC. At the entrance of the lane, there is a three-foot high pipe with exposed cables and next to the stairs leading to the tower, there is another pipe about two feet high with exposed cables. At two nearby locations there are cables lying on the floor. The couple commented this is not safe and that these are tripping hazards. This is an eyesore for a renovated place. Why were these cables not concealed? It looks like laymen are more aware of safety than the engineers who have accepted and signed off on the completed project.
The clocks are not showing the correct time which for a new renovation, is strictly unacceptable. The main entrance must be from Jalan Sagor and a bus bay must be reserved for tourist buses. Elderly visitors may not be able to climb the stairs from the back lane. Also Jalan Maharajalela is too congested and buses cannot pass through during week days.
Whoever is responsible for the upkeep of this monument must employ the right people to ensure that the place is maintained properly. This is a tourist spot and foreigners will be visiting it and compare it with other monuments they have seen.