LONELY PILLBOX BY THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
Pantai Melawi, Jajahan Bachok, Kelantan, Malaysia
One cloudy ( hazy? ) evening.
A guy, a car ( and at a distance, a "pakcik" plucking coconuts with the help of a monkey )
Why & How :
People are talking about Hiroshima these few days.
It is on the newspapers, even on tv.
Indeed it is sad, for a city packed with civillians, to die unimaginable horrible death.
Come to think of it,
what happened in Hiroshima is actually a big jigsaw puzzle made up from pieces of events.
~ and the beaches of Kelantan share a piece of that puzzle.
My curiosity brought me to this beach which, unlike the historical Pantai Sabak, is spared from the disastrous erosion. From a distance, an old structure, 60++ years of age, darkened by time, appeared by the sea.
As I approached it, a sudden gush of sea breeze rushing to my ear, whispering :
" Somewhere in the end of 1941, the British troops, trying to defend Malaya from Japanese invasion, built numbers of pillboxes dotting the beaches of Kelantan mostly in the area of Bachok and Kota Bharu.
The defensive lines proved hopeless however and the Japanese troops, managed to break the lines on 8th December 1941 (just an hour before the Pearl Harbor attack), swept their way through the Malay Peninsular down to the British-prized, Singapore.
And the rest is, HISTORY ~ "
~ HISTORY IS WRITTEN BY THE VICTOR ~