Mass Grave in Butterworth

𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗺𝘀 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗪𝗮𝗿 𝗜𝗜 𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵?

𝘈 𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘒𝘶𝘣𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘵 𝘢 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥.

Many of us may be blissfully unaware of the grim event that took place in Butterworth during the Japanese Occupation.

According to Anil Netto, beheadings were carried out in the open space near the present ferry terminal, between the old Barkath Store and the present Butterworth Convent Secondary School, where the clock tower later stood (now no longer there).

Eyewitness remembers seeing a couple of severed heads, almost blackened, placed on the pontoon bridge (now no longer there) in present-day Mak Mandin/Permatang Pauh.

Another execution site was on the Prai side of the Prai River, near the chain ferry that used to cross the river (now replaced by a bridge) to Chain Ferry Road leading to Butterworth town.[1]

𝘼𝙣 𝙀𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙍𝙚𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣

According to Mr. Sin, the caretaker of the Tua Pek Kong temple at Lorong Kubur, the locals formed a committee tasked to search for the bones of the victims of Japanese occupation after the Occupation ended.

"The locals found hundreds of skeletons, but only 8 heads," Mr. Sin told Penang Hidden Gems.

The unsung heroes were determined to give those who perished a proper resting place. A humble War Memorial was erected on the Tua Pek Kong temple grounds at Lorong Kubur.


Chinese Temple War Memorial Park.

What lies beneath this patch of grass are the bones of the victims of massacre during the World War 2.

An information plaque by Think City details the history behind the Memorial Park.

Mr. See, the Tua Pek Kong temple caretaker where the Memorial Park is located, was happy to welcome us, the first "tourist" to visit the Memorial Park.

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