Memorial Tun Hussein Onn (MTHO) officially opened on 10th February 2006 by the Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became part of the country’s heritage and complemented the treasury collection to commemorate and appreciate the contribution of the Tun Hussein Onn’s as the third Prime Minister of Malaysia. The objective of this memorial is to store, preserve, exhibit and disseminate information pertaining to a person known as “Bapa Perpaduan” or “Father of Unity”.
The original building of the Memorial is part of the Prime Minister’s Department Complex that submitted to the National Archives of Malaysia following the transfer of “Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan” or “The Federal Government Administrative Centre” to Putrajaya. In 2014, MTHO had closed as part of the building demolished and taken over by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) for building the Asia School of Business.
The concept applied in the design of the new Memorial Tun Hussein Onn building is the Green Concept. The use of the vast green roof provides continuity to the surrounding landscape on the roof to form the new top of Bukit Perdana. Multilevel green yard features a 360-degree panorama of Kuala Lumpur.
The new building design features the modern and recognised by the Green Building Index (GBI). The building recorded as the first green building for the National Archives of Malaysia. This green building technology is capable of nurturing and sustaining the environment with the ability to generate energy saving, water saving and a more healthy inner environment.
This new Memorial, complete, modern and magnificent memorial will give a meaningful experience to visitors who come to appreciate and acknowledge the idealism and struggle of the late Tun Hussein Onn to devote themselves to the country. In addition, it also cites one of the functions of the National Archives of Malaysia, which is to preserve and provide references and information on National heritage treasures for public viewing and information.