I'm a bit upset when the government decided to tear down the historical Pudu Prison, so that the land can be developed into a place that houses those new swanky hotels, apartments. Blah blah blah. Like Malaysian doesn't have enough shopping malls and apartments already. *rolled eyes*.
"The government has studied the matter and decided that the site is not a heritage site and will not be made a heritage site," Deputy Finance Minister Awang Adek told lawmakers.
"The government is of the opinion that it is not something we can be proud of, there may be many (other) things we can be proud of compared with a jail," Awang added.
(Malaysian Mirror, 2010)
Yeah, right. Whatever. Many other things that we can be proud of? Example? Shopping Malls? Now why don't you guys demolish all those abandoned apartments? *rolled eyes again*
There are many shopping malls in Malaysia but we only have ONE! I repeat again, ONE! SATU Pudu Prison. Once it is being torn down, there will be no other buildings that can replace Pudu Prison.
They have this narrow materialistic thinking that more tourists would come to Malaysia to SHOP. As if! If I were to go to other countries, I couldn't care less about shopping! I would like to see something original. I would want to explore the country's culture and heritage.
Seriously, those Malaysians should think out of the box. Check this out. Alcatraz Prison turned Alcatraz Hotel.
The room is nicer than my hostel room. -_____-
What's more, there are LRT stations and LOTS of shopping complexes around Pudu Prison. Do we need MORE?
I'm not saying that Pudu Prison should be converted into a hotel. I'm terrified of the idea of staying in one of the prison cell myself. But, any other ideas, anyone? Museum? Pudu Prison Museum? Pudu Prison Disneyland (or whatever). Anything.
Sad, right? Like Julia said, "The developers have a close-minded view on what development is," They are only thinking about gaining more profits without taking the sentimental and historical values of that certain things into consideration. In this case, it's the Pudu Prison.
There are many other buildings in Malaysia that are torn down to give place to guess what? SHOPPING MALLS! Ughh.