Back then it was known as Jin Lek Road. There were a few proper houses, small bungalows. Most of them haunted. The rest were squatters’ settlement. Chinese squatters’ settlement, circling the abandoned lake mine.

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Gun fires were everywhere. Nina crawled on the floor, inside an armoured car to protect her sister, Ana. They were crying. Their mother froze in disbelieve. The armoured car was slowly moving along Ipoh Road, heavily guarded by the army towards Kampung Baru. From Jin Lek Road to Kampung Baru was not that far but the rioters have barricaded most entrance to Kampung Baru. Final option was to follow Ipoh Road. Gun fires continued. Houses and shops were burned to the ground. The father was nowhere to be seen.

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Back at Jin Lek Road, Ismail and his troop were fighting their way to Amran’s house. Amran was away in Australia at that moment, an assignment for the Royal Malaysian Police. His family was trapped in their own house, surrounded. Ismail’s mission was to save Amran’s family and secure them to a safer place. He succeeded. He and Amran later became closely acquainted. At one point before his retirement, Amran was the police chief of Kuala Lumpur.

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Razak announced the New Economic Policy. Immediately, the squatter’s settlement at Jin Lek Road was brought to the ground. The settlers were placed in flats in Setapak. Jin Lek Road was renamed to Persiaran Titiwangsa. The abandoned lake mine was turned into a recreational park we now know as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa.

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The question is; why were (still are?) most of the small bungalows in Jin Lek Road haunted? Well, it seemed that the bungalows were actually accommodations for the Japanese military officers during the Japanese occupation. After the Japanese army surrendered, many officers and their family members committed suicide in those bungalows. There’s no better place to kill yourself compared to your own backyard right?

Thus, a short figure (maybe because of the Japanese origin), long hair and white dress, standing at the foot of your bed, watching you sleep, sometimes leaving bruises and bite marks on your feet.

Uuu.

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