The issue of pride is irrelevant. The jail is a reminder of the country’s history and penal system. The jail was used since the days of the Japanese occupation where soldiers and army personnel was imprisoned. The most striking part of the jail is the hand-painted wall murals ( supposedly the longest in the world ) all done and maintained by the prison’s convicts. Such a heritage can never be reproduced and should be preserved and protected.
Even if road widening is required especially at the eastern side, the wall can be ” dug ” and move several feet inwards – no doubt it’d be a major engineering work but it can be done. It will again be a project that will benefit a few developers that are well connected to the ruling coalition.
MalaysiaKini.TV : History
FreeMalaysiaToday : Demolition Night
Blogger Fat Bidin : Demolition Night
The STAR report : History and interview