22 June 2010

PUDU JAIL demolition - 21.06.2010

The news was on the internet and Facebook for the last couple of days
It seems most Malaysians are talking of it
The demolition of the 115 years old Pudu Jail

It wasn't some important building with great history
To be honest i have very little knowledge about this particular jail
but i do appreciate it every single time i passed by it

I guessed everyone will miss particularly the murals painted non the wall around the compound
A 300 meters long mural wall which was 115 years old =(
According to the news, the total time consumed to paint the murals exceed 1000 hours @.@
Now what's left of that 1000 hours and 2000 liters of paints are just photographs

I wouldn't say i am upset or anything
Just a little bit sad and disappointed but what can i do?
When everyone is complaining yet the government ignore what the people said about the demolition.
I did felt a bit funny when the MP for Bkt Bintang of DAP asked why it is not being retained as part of our country's heritage but get a funny answer like "To our opinion, it's not something to be proud of" by Deputy Finance Minister Awang Adek Hussain of UMNO.

From my point of view, it was history that made us who we are
I truly believe that whenever overseas tourists passed by a building like the Pudu Jail
They will be curious and want to know what's the story behind it as I myself did the same the first time i saw it when i was small.

It's not something to be proud of simply because no effort have been made to make it a true landmark
My biggest fear is that they build something ugly and stupid on that place after the demolition
I personally think that that area have very sufficient shopping malls already
I mean, why do you need 2 McDonalds with both of them just opposite of each other?
Get it? =/

Yes, most people are upset to hear the news
It should be something to be retained as part of Malaysia's Heritage
But yea, let keep everything in memories and hope the decision will really benefit us Malaysians
Not just 1 or 2 people