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Old May 10th, 2008, 07:20 AM   #41
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Can keep the pudu jail, transform it into museum. and build the commercial building ON TOP of it...
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gambar ni nampak pudu jail mcm airport laa
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Yalah Xneo it reminds me of the bangkok new airport!!!
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Uproar over looming demolition of historic WWII jail in Malaysia
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KUALA LUMPUR : Plans to demolish Malaysia's historic Pudu Jail, where allied prisoners were imprisoned and executed during the brutal Japanese Occupation, have Second World War veterans up in arms.

The site of prisoner-of-war tortures, interrogations and modern-day infamous hangings is set to be torn down later this year, to be replaced by a commercial centre and condominium complex on the prime downtown location.

"Pudu Jail should be preserved," said Charles Edwards, 89, who was a private in the Australian 8th Division, part of Commonwealth forces that defended Malaya, as it was then known, at the outset of the 1939-1945 war.

"So many Australians and allied soldiers died in places like Pudu, defending democracy and the lives of the people of Malaya," Edwards said from his home outside Melbourne.

"They made the ultimate sacrifice and Pudu is a reminder of that sacrifice which led to the freedom we enjoy now," he told AFP.

Japanese forces swept down the peninsula within days of the December 8, 1941 landings on the beaches of Singora and Pattani in southern Thailand and in Kota Bharu in Malaysia's northern Kelantan state.

By January 11, they had taken Kuala Lumpur which had been abandoned by the retreating British and pushed further south, capturing Singapore on February 15, 1942 and bringing the Malayan Campaign to an end in just 70 days.

With just 30,000 soldiers, the Japanese captured 150,000 British and Commonwealth troops in what wartime British prime minister Winston Churchill called "the worst disaster and greatest capitulation of British history."

"I was one of the first 30 Australians taken prisoner by the Japanese in World War II," said Edwards, who was captured in Johor state which lies next to Singapore.

Along with 1,000 other men, Edwards spent nine months in Pudu, which had been built to house just 600 prisoners.

The cells were horrific, he said, each with a window the size of a shoebox.

"The conditions were shocking with wounded men, the cookhouse and the hastily dug benjos (latrine pits) all within metres of each other," he said.

"Men were milling around with no leadership, filthy dirty, lice-filled and surviving on a half a cup of water per day.

"More men were brought in as the days went by until there were about 600 men in this small area of about 20 by 20 metres."

At great danger to himself, Edwards helped six men escape but they were caught and brought back to the jail where they were executed.

Edwards was one of many POWs who were sent on to Changi Prison in Singapore and then to Thailand to build the the infamous Siam-Burma death railway, from which most never returned.

After the end of the war, Pudu continued to be used as a prison. In July 1986, Briton Kevin Barlow and Australian Brian Chambers were hanged there, the first Westerners to lose their lives under Malaysia's tough anti-narcotics laws.

The two were convicted of drug trafficking in an internationally publicised trial, and an appeal for clemency by the Australian prime minister was turned down.

A decade later, Pudu was closed to make way for a prison museum but poor visitor numbers spelt a quick end to the venture and since 2005 it has been used as a holding centre for prisoners undergoing trial.

The Urban Development Authority is now preparing to tear down the jail. Its chairman Baharum Mohamad says the site was handed over in exchange for the construction of a new prison on the outskirts of the capital.

But the decision to demolish Pudu has upset many.

"It is a historic building and there should be some trace of it," said Ahmad Sarji, chairman of the Malaysian Heritage Board.

"Even if you could keep the facade, about 20 feet (6 metres) to the left and right of the main gate which shows the date of its founding, that would be good," he said.

Historians say Pudu's fate reflects a lack of interest in heritage in Malaysia, where significant buildings continue to be torn down, including the charming century-old Bok House in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

An early example of the fusion between European and local architecture, it was nevertheless demolished in 2007 after only a brief outcry.

Military historian Brian Farrell, who has written extensively on the Malayan Campaign, said the authorities should consider preserving part of the building, one of the few intact 19th century prisons in the region.

"The real significance of Pudu is that it is right in the heart of the city and yet it has survived intact and undamaged," he said. "If nothing else, at least preserve some of the walls, the gate and have a small museum." - AFP/ir
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Old May 30th, 2008, 07:02 AM   #47
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pudu jail banyak hantu maaa.....kene sembahyang banyak-banyak
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Old June 11th, 2008, 04:53 AM   #48
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26 areas in the city to undergo regeneration


THE Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 has identified 26 areas in the city for regeneration purposes. It aims to re-develop the city's older areas in order for the city to improve socially, economically and environmentally.

The 26 sites span a total area of 548 hectares in various parts of Kuala Lumpur.

This rejuvenation exercise called Brownfield development aims to regenerate older areas in the city as well as redevelop older housing and industrial areas, under-utilised land to improve the social, economic and environmental health of the city.

According to town planner Norliza Hashim, due to a shortage of vacant land in the city centre, it is increasingly difficult to look for alternative land for development and hence may stifle the capital city's ambition in becoming a world-class city by 2020.

Norliza is the main consultant engaged by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to draft the city plan.

Norliza said, however, that the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020 had identified suitable Brownfield sites for regeneration and rejuvenation purposes.

The term “Brownfield” refers to abandoned or under-utilised industrial and commercial facilities which are no longer economically viable.

The city plan has identified areas like Sang Peng, Loke Yew, the former Pudu Jail, old shop houses along Jalan Bukit Bintang, former government quarters at Jalan Davis and many more that have been marked for redevelopment.

“Different sites have different rejuvenation plans. For instance, areas with old overcrowded PPR units (public housing schemes) will be upgraded to bigger units balanced with public amenities to provide residents a more quality lifestyle while blighted housing, industrial areas and old shop houses in the city will be more commercial while the open space in front of the 113-year-old Pudu Jail has been earmarked for mixed use commercial,” Norliza said.


Facelift soon: The sites of the San Peng flats (above) and the former Pudu Jail (below) are among the 26 areas identified for rejuvenation.



She said this project would provide the city with a more cleaner and orderly image.

According to Norliza, the draft plan promotes redevelopment of dilapidated sites, blighted buildings, development on infill sites, and also the regeneration of abandoned projects in the city.

By recycling land, cleaning up contaminated sites it is also encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle in the city and in turn reduces the pressure to develop on Greenfield land (green areas and open spaces).

Norliza said that the areas to be redeveloped would incorporate mixed-use development and high to medium density residential and will include public facilities, infrastructure, and urban parks with pedestrian friendly environment.

The KL branch of the Real Estate and Housing Developers Associa-tion (Rehda) has endorsed the move by issuing a statement saying that the draft plan’s redevelopment and regeneration of Brownfield sites in KL is a positive step.


Rehda said that this was in line with more cosmopolitan and mature global cities, where changing trends, shifting population and sophisticated urbanites necessitate city authorities and planners to initiate regeneration strategies to prevent slums and cities from decaying.

“With the move of the administrative offices to Putrajaya and abandoned project sites can be used for redevelopment or create more green space,” Rehda KL branch secretary Tan Ching Meng said.

“In Singapore, if a building is old and if one could get most of the owners to consent, the government can buy it back for redevelopment purposes,'' he said.

A beautiful and modern building like the Petronas Twin Towers has far reaching effects to the entire area.

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“Purchasers are willing to pay big bucks just for a unit facing the KLCC and such buildings enhances the property value around the city,” Tan said.

He said that this is what KL should move towards in order to achieve world-class status.

...where is no2? tiong nam area....sound familiar...no6,7,9,10,11 and 12 sound interesting..
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Old June 17th, 2008, 05:12 AM   #49
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Pudu Prison a prominent landmark in the city


THE 113-year-old Pudu Prison in Jalan Hang Tuah, Kuala Lumpur, is a prominent landmark in the nation’s capital city.

The prison, which was built in 1895 by the British colonial administration, had stood the test of time and gone through the crucial eras of the English, Japanese and Emergency in the country.

The prison was built at the then princely sum of $138,000. Its first governor was Lt-Kol J.A.B. Ellen.

Also known as Pudoh Gaol, most of its building materials were imported from India and Britain.

Its design of an X (cruciform) was copied from the Kandy Prison in Bogambia, Africa. It originally had 240 cells on three floors, but more cells were added over the years.

Its mass kitchen, bathrooms, administrative office, hospital and training centre are located outside the main X-building structure.

The prison’s gruesome condemned cell is located at block D where those on death row were prepped before being hanged at the execution room in the same block. Between 1960 and 1993, 180 convicts were hanged there.

One of the infamous prisoners who served his time at the prison was armed gang leader Botak Chin who was executed by hanging in June 1981.

Convicted Australian drug traffickers Brian Chambers and Kevin Barlow were also sent to the gallows there in July 1986.

A famous saga that took place at the prison was when inmate Jimmy Chua and six other inmates took hostage of Dr Radzi Jaffar and Dr Abdul Aziz in 1985.

When the prison was first opened in 1895, it could only accommodate 600 prisoners but, since 1960, the number has increased gradually.

More prisons cells were added but the number was still insufficient.

In 1985, the prison recorded its highest number of inmates at any one time with 6,550.

This forced the prison authorities to arrange sleeping shifts for the prisoners.

A prominent feature of the prison is the mural painting on its outer walls done by former inmate Khong Yen Chong in the early 1980s.

Stretching out to more than 260m long, the mural used up nearly 2,000 litres of paint.

The painting earned Khong the Guinness Stout Effort Award for “outstanding achievement in his world record work of art”.

The historical prison was closed on Nov 1, 1996, and the land taken over by the Urban Planning Authority (UDA) for development.

All the inmates were then moved to the new Sungai Buloh prison built by the UDA.

In 1997, the Pudu prison was then opened for a short while for public tours of its cells and viewing of its facilities.

Today, a section of the prison building is used as the Jalan Hang Tuah police station.

It is also a detention centre for remanded suspects in the Cheras, Sentul, Dang Wangi and Brickfield districts.

The prison is also used to conduct counselling programmes for problem children with co-operation from the prisons department and the education department.
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Mega development plan proposed for Pudu Prison land
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THE land on which the 113- year-old Pudu Prison is located has been identified as one of the major sites for mega development in the Draft KL City Plan 2020.

The colonial era prison was taken over by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) in November 1996 after it was officially closed.



First sight: The arch leading to the inner sanctum of the prison's X-shaped main block.

The land on which the prison structure stands has been earmarked for mixed development in the draft plan.

That means 70% of the land will be used for a commercial hub and 30% for residential development.

There are five plots involved in the proposed plan submitted by the UDA to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in July 2005.

Plots 1, 2 and 5 are proposed for commercial buildings, including a 33-storey office tower, a shopping complex, a 43-storey hotel tower and a 44-storey serviced apartment tower.


Familiar site: A look at the famous Pudu Prison mural and some of the buildings within the compound.

The old prison mosque will be maintained while plots 3 and 4 will feature two blocks of 44-storey condominiums on each plot. There is also a 1.2ha park proposed in the plan.

The proposal also involves the widening of Jalan Pudu and making a new traffic way at Jalan Changkat Thamby Abdullah to create a dedicated entrance to the development site.

The Hang Tuah monorail station will also be integrated with the proposed development site to create easy accessibility for the public.

According to DBKL town planning director Mahadi Che Ngah, the proposed plan has been discussed by the town planning committee and examined by former mayor Datuk Ruslin Hasan when UDA submitted it in 2005.

However, due to the proposal’s high density, the UDA was told to scale down the development.



Infamous resident: A file picture of Botak Chin who served time and was executed at Pudu Prison.



“At present, the traffic condition along Jalan Hang Tuah is already bad. The developers have to find a good solution to tackle the traffic problems,” Mahadi said.


“They can perhaps employ consultants to do traffic impact studies and make proposals on improving flow,” he said.

Mahadi said a major development with such a magnitude in Kuala Lumpur would enhance the confidence of local and foreign investors to invest in the city.

“In a way, if we do not propose this site for redevelopment, we are not encouraging other dilapidated properties in the city to be redeveloped by its owner. That kind of approach is not good for the city,” he said.


Mahadi: UDA submitted a proposal to develop the area in 2005 but was told to scale it down...........what?

“If Kuala Lumpur is not booming who will want to come to the city?” Mahadi told StarMetro during an interview last week.

Mahadi said although the Pudu Prison was a well-known historical landmark in the city centre, its large area of 8.8ha should logically be capitalised in the city’s land development usage.

He said city development planning was always about striking a balance and there would always be a conflict in ideals and perception among various interest groups.

“But, as a city maker, we have to decide what is best for Kuala Lumpur by looking at benefits it has to offer,” Mahadi said.

“If there was a strong need to maintain part of the structure of the old prison building, then we would preserve it but probably not the entire site,” he said.

Mahadi said the UDA application status had lapsed since it was rejected for revision by City Hall.

“UDA was supposed to have come back to us within 30 days but it has been three years and there is no feedback from it on the plans. Based on our standard practice, the proposal is considered lapsed,” Mahadi said.


cool!!!!!5block towers, 1 33storey, 1 43storey and 3 44storey and more to come...cool...i bet the earlier proposal much more taller than this........

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i would propose them to retain the tower and the wall, turning it into another pedestrian mall entrance similar to the pavillion KL, then get the Prison Break stars to officiate the launching. Sure hit. Hahaha.
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i would propose them to retain the tower and the wall, turning it into another pedestrian mall entrance similar to the pavillion KL, then get the Prison Break stars to officiate the launching. Sure hit. Hahaha.

Its a good idea but i think people will walk away the moment they see the entrance.hehehehe
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mall, mall, mall until i gonna puke...!! macam takder idea lain dah nak buat. apa salahnya kekalkan sebagai museum? takkan nak suroh singapore buat dulu baru kita nak terhegeh-hegeh ikut? kalo buat musem, ramai orang2 kita termasuk mat-mat rempit, penyamun boleh ambik iktibar....termasuk kanak-kanak sekolah. akal takder punya orang....tak pikir panjang dah nak buat planning. berlambak lagi tanah kat KL ni boleh buat mall.

bodoh punya mangkuk. may the deads curse those who involves in the project!!
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Where can!!!Must be another MALL malaysian very the kaya what!!!!
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actually compared to other asian countries, kita dah ketinggalan.....even the vietnam pun dah catching up!!!
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I can assure you i won't buy a unit of condo there. Try to imagine you back and nite and you alone in a lift and this is a place where many ppl perished. Have all of you watch The Eye movie.Imagine that. Happy belated Halloween. Hehe
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come on lah...at least u have to retain the prison gate. why we need to demolish our own history? i realy cant understand malaysian developers+architects.

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haha...spooky indeed.

Design should be better to entice investors, given that the history is a little shady.

Personally, I prefer lots and lots of 30 to 60 storey structures rather than the supertalls in Dubai. Seems like they have some sort of small phallic complex to compensate for all huge erections.
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