Situated at the centre of the Ipoh Heritage Square (also known as the Ipoh Station Square) is the Cenotaph.
Here, ceremonies in memory of the casualties and victims of the two World Wars (1914-1918 & 1940-1945), the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), Malaysian-Indonesian Confrontation (1962-1965), the Re-Insurgency Period (1972-1990) as well as the victims of The Thailand-Burma Railway were conducted every year, especially for they who hailed from the state of Perak Darul Ridzuan.
Reading off the plaques, it could never fully describe the fear, the hurt, the pain and the sufferings that these victims and casualties had to endure. Surely the world would be a better place if there was no need for a Cenotaph or even another plaque, but then again, what with the world is as it is today, nations flexing military muscles, political leaders adopting populist and irresponsible stances, throwing caution to the winds, would that be too much to ask for?
Images by Shah Said ; 2020 ; @ all rights reserved