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ten­ants or own­ers.

I have a feel­ing that the man­age­ment of the build­ing has given up hope of bring­ing this build­ing back to its for­mer glory.

The other sad ev­i­dence of another failed de­vel­op­ment project in Serem­ban is where the for­mer Con­vent school was lo­cated.

I re­mem­ber the al­tar that was lo­cated un­der a huge tree at the en­trance to the school. The tree pro­vided shade and its flow­ers were yel­low.

When the flow­ers fell, they would cover the sur­round­ing ar­eas of the school and part of the main road in yel­low.

I can­not re­mem­ber what kind of build­ing was sup­posed to be con­structed at the site of the de­mol­ished school.

All I no­ticed was that the de­vel­oper of the project was ex­ca­vat­ing a deep hole in the area, which I pre­sumed was for the con­struc­tion of an un­der­ground park­ing.

Then the re­ces­sion hit, the project was aban­doned and over the years, the dug-up area was filled with water.

Some say the de­vel­oper may have hit an un­der­ground stream dur­ing the ex­ca­va­tion and could not stop the water from flood­ing the place.

This project has been aban­doned for more than two decades and now re­sem­bles a huge swim­ming pool.

Nei­ther the state gov­ern­ment nor the owner of the site knows what to do with this eye sore.

There had been re­ports that the state gov­ern­ment wanted to re­vive the project, but noth­ing has ma­te­ri­alised.

This pool of water con­tin­ues to serve as a shame­ful re­minder to oth­ers of the fool­har­di­ness of the then au­thor­i­ties’ de­ci­sion to de­mol­ish an iconic school just be­cause it was sit­ting on prime land.

Un­for­tu­nately for them, the re­ces­sion dis­rupted their plans.


Serem­ban, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan

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