Underclass Hero (Sum 41)

A tad late to go to JB yesterday and we ended up visiting a local historical site instead. Besides, returning to the expected traffic jam at the Second Link in the evening didn’t seem very enticing.

Reflections at Bukit Chandu is a museum showcasing the heroic deeds of the men of the 1st and 2nd Battalion Malay Regiment, who defended the western sector of Singapore with all their might, 2 days before its surrender to the Japanese in 1942. I’m not going to divulge in detail about what exactly exist in the place as I was too busy taking pictures while the rest of the family browsed through the various displays. The fact that the caretaker warned us that we had only less than 30 minutes before closing time put paid to any personal discoveries and appreciation of the place. Nonetheless, I did manage to notice a few interesting items like personal artifacts left behind by the men involved in the battle and also an interactive visual display on the first floor, where the narrator described the events that took place during the battle. There are also a few statues within the vicinity like those of Leftenan Adnan. A few coloured hand drawings by survivors of the Japanese atrocities are quite saddening, like that depicting family members of one tied to trees and bayoneted to death, including little children.

The area around the main building sure looks spooky and the fact that the men actually died around the hill only heightens the supernatural factor of it all. Judging by a few used condoms scattered around the car park area, I guess those who went there for some ‘personal’ action during the night had no problem with ghosts and the likes. The caretaker did mention to us while we were on our way out that both his colleague and him sometimes find the windows on the second floor opened, even though they’ve made sure all were closed before they closed the place. That and a few more incidents that have ruffled them, yet they’ve grown accustomed to after 7 years on the job.

Perhaps I need to return to really appreciate the place … on a bright day with a lot more people around.

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~ by blackcadillac73 on May 4, 2009.

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