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New Straits Times - - Letters -

ST Paul’s In­sti­tu­tion and the Con­vent of the Holy In­fant Je­sus were mis­sion­ary schools in Serem­ban that were de­mol­ished in the late 1970s to make way for de­vel­op­ment.

Now, the site where St Paul’s In­sti­tu­tion stood is a run­down shop­ping com­plex.

When the idea for a shop­ping com­plex was mooted, it was sup­posed to be a multi-storey build­ing.

The re­ces­sion forced the de­vel­oper to change plans, and a down­sized build­ing was con­structed in­stead.

Those who had bought shoplots in this build­ing must be suf­fer­ing ter­ri­ble losses.

Many of the lots are empty and can­not be rented out due to the de­plorable con­di­tion.

The air-con­di­tion­ing ceased to func­tion for many years and ten­ants had to in­stall their own air­con­di­tion­ers.

The es­ca­la­tors are not work­ing and I am not sure about the lifts.

The build­ing is of­ten de­serted. Sev­eral floors are dimly lit and the cor­ri­dors are dark and dingy.

One can smell the stench of urine from the toi­lets and cor­ri­dors.

Hardly any­one would want to go to this place un­less they have busi­ness to con­duct with the few

TUES­DAY, MAY 2, 2017

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