Saturday, 19 July 2008

Images of former military base in Penang


The island of Penang off Malaysia's west coast remains a controversial chapter in the history of the the fall of Malaya. Primarily as the decision was made to evacuate the island during the battle of Malaya and the evacuation support was primarily supporting the caucasion population leaving the local population feeling isolated and abandoned by the people that that that had been committed too and dependant on for so long.

Located South East of Penang Island is a former British integrated fortress constructed on 20 acress of land in the 1930s on what is now called Bukit Batu Maung. The fort is now a museum and efforts are underway to preserve the underground military tunnels,intelligence and logistics bunkers, halls offices, pill boxes, artilary and anti aircraft firing bays and ammunition storage bunkers. I understand that the fort was abandoned during the Penang evacuation and although there are signs of bomb damage I believe the fort was never used for its primary purpose which was to defend Penang! I have attached some images taken on my recent visit to the fort.

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