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'Haunted' hotel sheds light on Malaysia heritage neglect

Abandoned colonial building stars in popular new 'found-footage' horror film

Prem M. Nath's horror films always add a flair of South Indian and Tamil religion and rituals that make them unique among other Southeast Asian horror movies. (Courtesy of Kuman Pictures)

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia -- Perched on the former colonial hill station of Penang Hill, an abandoned and yet regal-looking hotel overlooks UNESCO-listed George Town, the main settlement on the Malaysian island of Penang. Many wonder why such a beautiful heritage building is being left to rot on an island where property prices are soaring. The popular view is that the hotel is haunted.

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