They are planning to demolish “historic Pudu jail, where allied prisoners were imprisoned and executed during the brutal Japanese occupation”. This has made Second World War veterans up in arms (malaysiakini).
These are photos I took in 2006 while travelling on the monorail in Kuala Lumpur. Not a pretty sight. But at least they speak to us of history and reminds us that evil and ghosts do exist.
Are we too afraid because they continue to haunt us by their presence? Or do we want to wipe out a part of history which is too ugly to remember?
The cells are reported to be horrific, each equipped with a window only the size of a shoebox. Ironically, the prison also features murals painted on the walls circling the compound, depicting scenes of nature. It is no longer used as a prison and while it was once open as a museum, it is currently a police station and can be viewed only from the outside. It is proposed to build a low security prison on the site for drug abusers in the future.