Very Rare Prison Art
PUDU PRISON (1891-1996). The dreaded prison in Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia. Destined to have 600 prisoners and expanded to accommodate 2,000. June 11, 1981, Malaysian’s Most Wanted Criminal known as “Botak Chin” was hung for his crimes. In July 1986, 2 Australian drug traffickers became the first non Asians to be executed in Malaysia. Padu prison held 6,650 prisoners in 1985. So over crowded mass cells had 10 prisoners who had to take turns to sleep. It is now the fourth prison in the world and first in Asia that opened its doors to the public. It is the first prison to exhibit its execution chamber. Cell Block “D” hold the execution chamber (hang mans room).
Original cover to the last journal of Cell Block “D”. Both front an back covers contain many scribbles, notes and original sketches (artwork) by the head guard of Cell Block “D”. On the cover is a sketch of the entranceway to Padu Prison and a full self portrait of the guard in uniform holding up a large prison key standing next to a Palm Tree and a large wooden club. Noted on the cover is the date 1995-1996 (the closing of the prison). “Blok D” is also written on the cover in three different places. On the back cover is a drawing of a guard in uniform holding a club and he has the face of the Devil with red blood dripping from his mouth (most likely the executioner). The back cover also contains four other facial sketches (3 guards). Dozens of notes fill the front and back cover. Inside the front and back covers are listed in columns the dates and notes about the movement of guards signed by each guard. This prison is the site of the execution of 100’s of Japanese WWII prisoners of war. The prison was haunted and torn down in 2012. A unique piece of a prison history .......................SOLD