Sunday January 13, 2013
Hashers find house from the past in Penang
By ANDREA FILMER
GEORGE TOWN: For decades, Hash House Harriers has been discovering the secrets of Penang hills. Their latest discovery is a mysterious house deep in the forests behind the Teik Quarry in Tanjung Bungah.
Some 5km into the hiking trails from the Mount Erskine market lies a dilapidated, abandoned house with distinct character and a few forgotten relics.
Hasher Gurdial Singh, with two other members from the Tuesday Hash Kakis chapter, took pressmen on a visit to the house overlooking Penang's northern tip.
The house is known as the “haunted house” or the “green house” by Hashers who know the area.
“I suspect that it has been there for over 100 years,” he said, while leading the group on a two-hour hike to the site.
Gurdial said the house, made from wood and mounted on stone slabs, was likely owned by a British due to the style of the home and its remaining furnishings.
Among the “little treasures” found in the four-bedroom house were an old oil lamp, a large drawer-less structure that was possibly an altar or a stand, a metal barrel ring, a wooden dining table, the remains of a rattan sofa set and several broken chairs and bed frames.
Several plastic bullet cartridges were also discovered inside the single-storey house that bore double plantation shutters on all sides of the structure.
Another interesting feature of the hut, pointed out by a Hasher, was that it was surrounded by pine trees.
“You don't normally find pine trees in this area. Here, they only surround the house so the people who stayed here would likely have planted them.
“These trees can play a role in keeping certain insects out, which is perhaps why we don't find any mosquito nets inside the house,” said a Hasher who joined in the hike but requested to be anonymous.
The hikers agreed that it would be nice for the structure to be restored and improved, but said such a proposal may be impractical due to its extreme remote location.