Those who read the newspapers back in January 2015 would have seen this one: The discovery of a centuries-old secret tunnel right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle: Bukit Nanas.
All the major newspapers had it in their headlines including The Star, The Sun, The Malaysian Digest, Free Malaysia Today and so on.
Actually, it’s a crawl space tunnel – you can’t walk in there standing upright; the tunnel is no longer than 10m long and is said to lead from the hill to the Klang River, only that it is part of the labyrinthian network of secret passages believed to be used as an escape route during the Klang Civil War in 1866.
A Forgotten History Unearthed
The tunnel was accidentally discovered by a DBKL contractor when called to repair a collapsed slope on the hill.
According to the Malaysian Historical Society as reported in The Star and many other newspapers, the Mandahiling community used to live in the Bukit Nanas hills which was originally known as Bukit Gombak in the 1800s. The Godang Palace belonging to Tuanku Raja Asal, or Ja Asai, was at the top of the hill.
It was also reported that Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor when interviewed by the newspaper said: “During the Klang war between Raja Mahadi and Tengku Kudin about 147 years ago, the name Bukit Gombak was changed to Bukit Nanas.”
Two Mysteries Solved Here:
1 How Bukit Nanas Got Its Name
2 What the Tunnel was All About
He said Raja Mahadi had refused to pay taxes to Sultan Abdul Samad. The former then sought the help of the rich Sutan Naposo and the Mandahiling community headed by Raja Asal. Raja Mahadi set up base in Bukit Gombak and used pineapple plants as defence arsenal, believing the plant’s stiff saw-like leaves and sharp thorns would injure the barefoot attackers. It was the rows of the pineapple defence lines on the hill that gave Bukit Nanas its name − The hill of pineapples.
Anyway, despite the pineapples, Raja Mahadi, Sutan Naposo and Raja Asal lost the war.
Today, the Bukit Nanas tunnel is a tourist attraction alongside the other tourist attractions on the forest reserve like nature trail hiking and cable car rides. The tunnel is located next to the Wariseni shop and entrance to the reserve.
Info from newspaper reports and Featured Pic via Says and worldcdn.net 2015