Monday, June 21, 2010

Pudu Jail:Demolish or not to demolish Part 2

How did the minister justify it is not something to be proud of?

"Pudu Prison wont be turned into heritage side due to it is not something to be proud of",said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek

How did the minister justify it is not something to be proud of?
History definition is the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future; "all of human history",regardless it is something good or bad to remember.

How did government justified it was something to be proud of by maintaining the A Famosa gate, or the red Stadhuys building and recently with rebuilding project of remains of Santiago Bastion
(the southern part of Malacca fort,more info read
here),considering all pains and suffocations of Malacca people long time ago was tortured under the Portuguese and the Dutch ruling time when they had conquered Malacca. Malacca people was that time being forced to build these structures, the mosque,other building and the grave stones were brought down to make sure they the get enough rock sources.

How did we justify it is something to be proud of for all these landmark?
Was it really something proud and good when thinking back the time when our ancestors were tortured humiliatatedly building it by other greedy nation to show that they are great?

Why does the Pudu Jail is being dicriminated? Cannot it be turned to something memorial like Alcatraz prison valued uniquely by USA government unlikely "here it is not something to proud of",but it is still part of history no matter how we denying it?

If it was too hard to preserve the whole Pudu Jail ,understandably now we have to be more money oriented to give way for high rise commercial and residency due to government have spent taxpayers money lavishly on newly build palace that was initially budgetted to be in RM400mil costs but now the costs is rising to RM800mil or to channel another rm100mil for maintaining succumbing Parliament House,why cannot National Museum body take some part of the wall and relocate the whole Pudu Jail Gate for them to put at the Museum for younger generation's view like what i have proposed in Part 1(click on its Part 1 hyperlink to read my 2 cents suggestion)?
Read full article in newspaper here

Memorial of Pudu Jail(credit to theStar in article An iconic wall will fall at 10 tonight )

A section of Pudu Prison wall fronting Jalan Pudu in Kuala Lumpur is expected to be demolished tonight. The 394m wall of the prison, built in 1895 and closed in 1996, was once famous for having the longest mural in the world at 384m. The wall will make way for a road-widening project to ease traffic congestion in the city centre. - BRIAN MOH / The Star

A passer-by taking pictures of the wall with death sentence warning to drug traffickers. - BRIAN MOH / The Star

End of an era: A pile of paper money is burnt as a symbolic gesture to the ‘death’ of Pudu Jail by a few Malaysians who are calling for the preservation of the historical landmark

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