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COMMENT | I once encountered a coffin left behind in the dilapidated buildings that remain of the old Utusan Malaysia office in Chan Sow Lin, Kuala Lumpur. Nobody laid in it and there was no scent of chalk - which some of my Malay friends ask about when I retell this story.

With this being some time back, I don’t know if it is still there now or why it was there in the first place.

Built in a historically industrial area, the old offices had been in disuse for some years, with Utusan Malaysia having moved its headquarters to a newer office elsewhere.

Doing research on the area for a book that never was, I was living in Chan Sow Lin then and would often cycle past the ruins of the old office on Jalan Lima after finishing my shift at work.

Being at the foot of development with the now-halted Bandar Malaysia just around the corner, go there now and you may find that it is hidden behind a big trailer truck or a cement mixer - with a shady Kelantanese warung located a few steps away.

At some point...

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