This is one of two, spiral staircases of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. The namesake for this incredible Kuala Lumpur landmark is Abdul Samad. He was the Sultan of Selangor from 1857 until 1898. This position is the ruler of the Malaysia state of Selangor and also head of the Islamic religion. During his 41 year reign, Sultan Abdul Samad allowed the British to share governance. The capital was moved to Kuala Lumpur in 1880. This evolved into the Federated Malay States from 1895 to 1941. This colonial period prompted the British to build the Government Offices. Subsequently renamed the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in 1974, it was finished in 1897, one year before Sultan Abdul Samad died.