Tunnel systems and underground places
Pengerang battery is commonly rumoured to have extensive tunnel
networks and underground bunkers, however, rumour and hersay can
sometimes distort and exagerate the true facts.
Unfortunately, no official period plans of Pengerang's construction
have yet been found in the archives. It's safe to assume however,
that Pengerang would have followed the same standard designs as
of other British fortifications of the day, utilising underground
magazines, stores, shelters etc, in its construction.
I would assume most of these underground constructions would be
up on Bukit Pengerang where the two 6" gun emplacements,
as well as the main HQ and admin facilities are located. Until
I can get access to these restricted land areas, the infrustructure
of these locations will have to remain a mystery to me for now.
As far as the Pengelih point facility goes, we know it has a well
protected underground power room with connected utility shafts
and tunnels. Other than that construction, I have not discovered
as of yet, any other subterranean systems nor obvious clues as
to their possible existence at Pengelih. Not to say they don't
During further research I did make contact with a person in the
Malaysian military who claimed that he had found other tunnels
under the Pengelih facility.
He and a team was able to gain access through 1 of 2 main entrances
on the surface and explore much of the tunnel network. Parts of
the tunnel system was said to be in such a bad state, that they
had to shore up sections to prevent cave ins whilst they explored.
Other sections had already given way and required them to dig
through to continue with their exploration. Snakes, Scorpions
and black spiders were also other hazards to contend with. In
all, they are alleged to have discovered 6 separate rooms, 3 of
which were thought to be an officer quarters, small arms ammunition
store and a "ball sports court" of sorts.
One of the more amazing discoveries was said to have been a separate
long tunnel that may have led all the way up to the operations
HQ at the top of Bukit Pengerang. Sadly, he also adds that most
of this subterranean system is now completely inaccessible due
to a large cave in.
I am somewhat skeptical of a tunnel that could stretch from Pengelih
all the way up to the HQ on top Johore Hill. Such a construction
would surely have been an immense undertaking over difficult terrain.
I have also been unable to find any physical evidence of
additional tunnels or their entrances at Pengelih, other than those of the Powerhouse.
Until further evidence is uncovered or provided, this overall
tunnel account for now remains unconfirmed.