War museum thrills


It is often said that some of the best things in life are free. Well, whoever coined that phrase may just have passed through the War Museum in Port Dickson (PD) because it's a must see spot and it's costs nothing!

Port Dickson was nicknamed "Army town" by the current Prime Minister Najib Razak and from the moment you arrive there, that "tag" is self evident as every second person you meet has a short back and side haircut or is wearing camouflage gear like Korporal Hisham, an engineer in the army for 15 years.

The Trengganu born soldier joined up when he was 18 years old and a highlight for him was his involvement in the search and reinterment of Australian, British and US soldiers who perished in an aeroplane crash in the jungle during WW2.

Hisham was happy to explain to us about the history of some of the aircraft, tanks and armaments displayed outside the buildings and point out some of the unique parts of the museum we should look at and was very proud to point out the number of National awards the museum has received.

"You must go in the tunnel," he says.

Yessir!

Hisham was right in extolling the virtues of this replica Communist tunnel.

Back in the days during these hostilities Malaysian troops had to fight fierce battles within these humid underground walls, but now, all the visitors that enter can relax in air conditioned comfort as they probe along the network of tunnels viewing the different dioramas on display - it was cool down there, in both senses of the word.

The buildings up above are also well worth a look as there are many different sections showing the history of the Malaysian forces which started as a 25 man trial army to the present day modern army that operates in East and West Malaysia.

You will find explanations of the history and armaments of the various Sultanate era's as well as the various occupying powers like the Portuguese and British with diorama's, reading boards and computer animations telling the tales.

In particular the section showing the early Malay heroes was informative and interesting as these "rebels" took on the might and power of the more powerful invaders with little or no training.

It really is a good spot to easily while away a couple of hours in PD and I recommend doing it during the heat of the day as all the areas inside are either air conditioned or cooled by fans.

Great attraction and won't be long before I return.

Where: Kem Sirusa,, Persiaran Pahlawan, Kampung Baru Sirusa, 71050 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Open: 10am-5pm every day except Monday and Tuesday

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