A blast from the past comes alive with new WW2 plaque at Padungan Road

Wee (second left), Wong (left) and a few councillors attended the installation ceremony at the clock tower today.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Nov 11: The Kuching South City Council (MBKS) has installed a replicated plaque at the World War Two (WW2) memorial clock tower at Jalan Padungan here.

The council in a statement today said the installation of the plaque was part of its efforts towards the conservation of the historical site in Kuching South for the future generation.

It revealed that the WW2 Memorial Clock Tower was constructed in 1951 as the first WW2 Memorial at Padungan.

MBKS said a new WW2 Memorial Monument was rebuilt at Padang Merdeka at Jalan Masjid in view of the congestion at the site for the ceremonial parade, leaving the memorial clock tower at Jalan Padungan as a symbol and memory of Sarawak history during the Japanese occupation from 1941 to 1945.

“As one of the city council in Kuching, we need to fully support this idea of conservation of the historical site for our future generation.

“It is one of our historic evidence and the future generations should cherish and preserve it,” it said.

Meanwhile, MBKS Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei and a few councilors visited the memorial clock tower to install the plaque today. — DayakDaily