HISTORY
+ The planning stages
+ The war years
+ Occupation and post war years
+ Modern day Pengerang
+ Tunnel systems & underground places
+ A veteran remembers

 

The Pengerang battery is said to have an extensive tunnel network and underground bunkers, much like other WW2 British batteries and fortifications around the world.

I have not found the entrances to these tunnels myself, but have made contact with a Malaysian military source who has conducted a considerable on site exploration that confirms their existence.

Most of the tunnel network seem to be under the Pengelih point facility, with 2 entrances on the surface, and maybe one in the main underground engine room.

His team was able to gain access through one of these entry points, and explore much of the tunnel network, at much risk to themselves. Parts of the tunnel system was in such a bad state that they had to shore up sections to prevent any 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 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 allegedly made, was a seperate long tunnel that would have led all the way up to the operations center at the top of Bukit Pengerang.

Unfortunately today the main tunnel system under Pengelih point is now totally inaccessible, due to a large cave in a couple of years ago. The long tunnel up to Bukit Pengerang is also thought to be mostly destroyed due to the construction of the modern naval base, although I suspect the section going up Bukit Pengerang itself may still be intact.

At the top of Bukit Pengerang a deep bunker system is also thought to exsist on the North side of the hill, unfortunately I have no other information on this network.

It's interesting to note that the defending garrison at pengerang during WW2, at least at Lieutenant level, were not privy to the fact that there were extensive tunnel networks beneath their feet, as was confirmed to me by my British veteran friend who briefly served there.