Monday, June 28, 2010

Project 365 : Day 32 of 365

Day 32 of 365
Responsibilities
(Grafitti is a conversation between a father and a child about who tore down Pudu Jail, of which the father mention Najib and the child answer in enlightenment)
Saw this on the wall of the (going to be) torn down Pudu Jail. Build in 1850, this is indeed a landmark in Kuala Lumpur with over 160 years of history. The demolition of the jail wall has already started and the internal structure of the jail is still intact, including the main door where this graffiti was found. We live in a world where money takes precedences over historical value and our awareness as a country. While many debate that the Jail is nothing to be proud off as it housed criminals of many stature, i beg to differ as the same could be said about London's Tower Bridge, French Gaol and even Cambodia Killing Field. Each and everyone of these, no matter how unpleasant shapes each country and gives them the character. It is no secret that Pudu Jail is being brought down due to the land location which will have more economic value than heritage. Plans are already on the way to convert this piece of land into a residential and commercial area. So much so that the first reason for the demolition will be to "widen" the road and "offload" traffic, i personally failed to see how this is possible when having a residential and commercial development at this area will help in easing traffic volume. Perhaps, leveling the land opposite Pudu Jail, might actually provide better and more viable solution to traffic. I am wondering, how many would invest in the land, with 160years of untold tales, each gory and scary - and how it would turn this future development into a sustainable development.
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4 comments:

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  2. such a good project you have here Stupe.

    i guess we'll be hearing abt haunted residence/office/malls stories in the near future. :)

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  3. if they were willing to demolish stadium merdeka, you think they give a hoot about pudu jail?

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  4. Izhar - of course not. That too, was sitting on prime land.

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