This tower is located at Jalan Putera. It was built in 1912 and
is now about 90 years old. At certain times, this clock will chime.
In terms of its architecture, there are two elements that are being
portrayed here, that are the Islamic and Hindu aspects.
The Islamic elements can be seen around the dome section with the
crescent, a symbol that is usually seen on the roof of mosques.
The carvings surrounding this tower are also Islamic design. However,
if we observe the lower section of that tower, the carvings represent
Hindu elements, especially at its entrance. Obviously, the design
of this tower does not have foreign influence. It is a blend influence
of the Islam religion and past Hinduism.
The construction of this Big Clock has connection with the Zahir
Mosque in its role and function. It provides facility to the public
especially to the muezzin who works in the Zahir Mosque to confirm
the prayer times before the azan (the call to prayer) is made. In
the past, this tower will chime at every prayer time, followed by
the beating of the nobat at the Balai Nobat, and accordingly the
call to prayer is made from the Zahir Mosque.