Tuesday, August 7, 2012

WWII Japanese Graveyard

Chai used to live in Batu Pahat in Johor, years before he moved to Johor Baru. She lived in a wooden plank house near an old Chinese school, the old Batu Pahat High school. The old wooden house had since been demolished to cater for newer developments.
Batu Pahat was upgraded to a municipality on the 1st of January 2001. As of 2008, it is the 10th largest city in Malaysia, and the 2nd most developed city in the state of Johor. Numerous local and international companies are attracted to set up plants and factories in the area.
Overall View of Batu Pahat in Johor

Map of Batu Pahat in Johor

Near her house was a deserted land which was not properly levelled and she used to hear the faint sounds late at night like people were marching and walking in heavy army boots…thumping sounds. At other times, she would hear the shuffling sounds like people were dragged in chains….like clank! clank! clank! This could be attributed by many that the sounds were made by dead WWII Japanese army and their prisoners.
WWII Japanese Military Uniforms

Chai have heard a lot of stories and tales World War times during the Japanese occupation and the hardship the normal people had to undergone. Furthermore, the lack of food, tortures and deaths that the people had to endure during those days. It is apparent that a lot of people, the British and Australians and even the Japanese lost their lives.
She and her cousin had a incident when after a friend’s birthday had came back very late…maybe 2am. Just as they getting off from the old car, in the unlevel ground when they stayed, they could sound of ‘people’ marching. When they looked carefully in the dark, they saw a translucent image of Japanese military soldiers busy with their marching….oblivious to their surroundings! Yeeck!!!
A few years later, Chai’s father found another job and the whole family shifted to Johor Baru.

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