Bulldozers tear down PoW murals

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The Independent Online

Bulldozers have torn down a boundary wall of a 115-year-old Malaysian jail which was famed for murals that were painted by prisoners.

Hundreds watched as excavators broke through the eastern wall of Pudu Jail, which once held Second World War Allied soldiers. Heritage campaigners were aghast at the loss of the landmark for commercial development. The murals of scenes from nature were a tourist attraction, although they had faded because of age and the effects of the elements.