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The old and the new…

Death!Well I took this rather striking picture today on my way to my work place (Times Sq, pictured behind the wall) because I have walked past it everyday and I thought I would share it with you.

The picture is actually on a wall surrounding the Pudu Prison which has had a very controversial existence. The prison is bang in the middle of the commercial heart of KL and surrounding it are many examples of Malaysia’s modernity (Times Sq, the Monorail). It now looks so out of place, it’s unreal!

They closed this notorious prison down in 1996 not before perhaps 1000s of criminals were executed by hanging (mainly for drug trafficking). It was also the centre for punishment by rattan caning.

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 (by inmates) depicting scenes of tropical nature.