The Rumah Merdeka was acquired by the National Archives
of Malaysia in 2003. The house was subsequently restored
and renovated with the view to preserving it setting for
the benefit of future generations. The land on which the
house is sited was originally owned by Che Manjalara,
the mother of the late Y.T.M. TunkuAbdul Rahman Putra,
fondly known as Bapa Kemerdekaan and Bapa Malaysia. The
land was subsequently given to Tunku.
During the Japanese Occupation in 1942, Tunku built a
wooden house on this site, known as Rumah Jalan Barn. In
1953, the Tunku built a brick house on the same site,
and retained the plank house using it as the top floor.
This house came to be known as Rumah Merdeka by the
Tunku’s friends including Senu Abdul Rahman, Khir Johari
and Tan Cheng Lock. The house was built at an estimated
cost of RM20,000.
It was here that Tunku conceived and organized his successful election strategies in preparation for the general elections of 1955, 1959 and 1969. It was also in this very house that Tunku spent his leisure hours writing. His writings include script for two well- known movies, “Raja Bersiong” and “Mahsuri”. On 27 May 1966, a Goodwill Mission comprising 20 officers of the Indonesian Armed Forces, led by Second Admiral O.B Sjaaf met with Tunku to settle the thorny issue of confrontation between the two countries. The Goodwill mission paved the way for the preliminary meeting of 7 June 1966 held in Bangkok between Tun Abdul Razak Hussien and Adam Malik. The climax of the negotiation was the final meeting of 11th August 1966 in Jakarta, that brought the drawn Confrontation an official end.
The Ground Floor
The ground floor exhibits furniture's, souvenirs, portraits and others that belong to Tunku. There are Guest Room, Dining Hall and Leisure Area facing the Anak Bukit River.
The Upper Floor
At the upper floor the exhibits are bedroom belong to Tunku himself and Tunku Khadijah. There are Study/Music Room, Praying Room/Bedroom. At the central the exhibits are collections of Tunku’s hobbies.
At the exterior there are boat house, rest stand, pools, the landscape and trees that has survive since Tunku lived at the house such as the mangoes trees, the ciku trees and sugar cane.