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Anything to tell us about the oldest jail in the country?


Lloyd Cameron-Lewis<lloyd@cameronlewis.ca>

My grandfather Charles Cox worked in the prison service and worked, I believe, at the Taiping Jail in the 20's and 30's. My mother spent her childhood in Taiping and was, I believe, married there. My father was in the Police force and was based in Penang where I was born. Subsequently, my Grandfather was transferred to Singapore and spent WW2 as a guest of the Japanese in Changi. Subsequently he worked at the Outram Road Prison in Singapore.


Hi dear friend , i m pakistani and also a student . U r great to help people . My friend who went to malaysia for employment, but unfortunately he is in malaysian jail, now there iz no contact with him . Plz will u give me phone numbers of malaysian jails . I shall be higly thankful to u .


i'm currently a college student attending the university of california san diego in america and was raised in america, but both my parents are from malaysia, and my mom's family is from taiping. i believe (although i am not sure) my grandfather's house is just farther along the road in the above picture. i know it's across the street from a school. anyway i tell my friends that my grandfather's house is only down the street from a jail, and also the jail is more than 100 years old. They can't believe i would go there. it's pretty cool that i can remember many of the places in these pictures, but it feels so far away now. now that i think about it, i always enjoyed coming here because it never seemed to change from one visit to the next (and maybe because all my responsibilities were left thousands of miles away). sometimes i try to describe taiping to my friends, but you can never know what it's like unless you've been there and how different it is from anything in the u.s.

George B Morrison<george.b@clara.co.uk>

The only story I have to tell, is that I took a picture of the Prison in 1951, when I was in the British Royal Marines and station in Taiping, I did revisit the area in 1981 with my wife Thelma. being on a bus tour from Singapore enroute to Penang. The 40 Commando Royal Marines head quarters was at Kuala-Kangsar. In 1981.A great place, lovely. Enjoyed seeing the monkeys jumping around.

ET Lee Popeye<pwlee666@yahoo.com>

I do know that every tuesday and friday, salted fish meal will be served to the inmates. I knew this because every times I pass thru the jail to school, a strong odour of salted meat will linger around. (year 1983-88)


Well.... last time I was in Taiping, just last year, I was told that I should be thrown in that jail, as I'd stolen some hearts in Taiping!! And that is one of the nicest things anyone's ever said to me!!! [Jill, at least you will stay at the oldest jail in the country ;-), kayes]



Taiping had the first of many things, like the 1st railway in the country, 1st hill resort, 1st telegraph office, 1st turf club, 1st golf course etc etc. Below is a complete list.

1 Open tin mining activity in the peninsula (1844).
2 Hill resort - Maxwell Hill (1844)
3 Swimming pool - Kolam Renang Kemahkotaan (1870).
4 Mosque - Masjid Tengku Menteri (1870).
5 Rest house (1870).
6 Artillery warehouse (1870).
7 Magistrate court (1874).
8 Balai penghulu (1875).
9 Resident's house (1877).
10 Port - Port Weld (1877).
11 English school - Central School Kamunting (1878).
12 Police force team (1879).
13 Government offices (1879).
14 Telegraph and post office (1880).
15 Lake gardens - Taman Tasik Taiping (1880).
16 Hospital, private and government (1880).
17 Club - New Club (1880).
18 Railway station and warehouse (1881).
19 Museum - Muzium Negeri Perak (1883).
20 Market building - Taiping Market Square (1884).
21 Prison - Penjara Taiping (1885).
22 Railway track - from Port Weld to Taiping (1885).
23 Turf club - Perak Turf Club (1886).
24 Anglican church - Old Saints Church (1886).
25 English girl's school - Treacher Girls' School (1889).
26 Clock tower - Menara Jam Besar (1890).
27 Esplanade - Padang Esplanade (1890).
28 Malay newspaper - Seri Perak (June 1893).
29 English newspaper - Perak Pioneer (July 4, 1894).
30 Tamil newspaper - Perak Verthamani (1894).
31 Armed Forces - Malay States Guides (1896).
32 Teaching college - Maktab Perguruan Melayu (1898-1900).
33 Ceylon association (1899).
34 Punjabi association - Khalsa Diwan Malaya Association (1903).
35 Indian association (1906).
36 Recreation park - Coronation Park (1920s).
37 Airfield - Padang Kapal Terbang Tekah (1930).
38 Golf course.
39 Library - Perpustakaan Merdeka.
40 Fire brigade.



all pics are watermarked and copyrighted - for use contact kayes@pc.jaring.my




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