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Mass Grave in Butterworth

๐——๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—œ๐—œ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต?


๐˜ˆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜’๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ.


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]


๐˜ผ๐™ฃ ๐™€๐™ญ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ค๐™ง๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™š๐™™๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ

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.


[1] https://anilnetto.com/.../old-penang-suzuki-the-hippy.../




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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