Why I make this web
As a child growing up in Kuala Pilah
town, I heard many heinous stories about how Japanese soldiers brutally
murder innocence men, women and children as told by adults. Atrocious story like
how they kill by throwing live baby into the air, and bayonet as
they fall, throwing children into well while alive, bury men and women alive or splicing
open pregnant woman's abdomen etc.
We lived with those stories but it was passed by mouth and
ear and it will be silenced after few generations. No serious action
taken so far at state level to document the atrocities. Yet it is a page of
Malaysian history that should not be forgotten.
Why things went so wrong in the Second World War was quite incomprehensible. It
is a page of history that Japan choose to erase. A Japanese informed me that talking about
Japanese aggression during WWII is a taboo in Japan.
Many Japanese still think there is nothing wrong with what they did. Some intellectuals
and politicians go as far as saying Nanjing massacre where by at least 300,000
Chinese were raped and slaughtered, did not occur. I
suspect as time goes by, Japan will portray themselves as victim rather than
The book by Chinese Assembly Hall has no doubt
formed an important milestone for the collection of the atrocities committed.
The Nanjing massacre is well researched and documented but what occurred here was
no less shocking. In the state of Negeri Sembilan alone, the known number of
people killed is over 4,000. There are those unaccounted for like the British
soldiers, anti-Japanese resistance group, non-Chinese people and
foreign workers etc. There are 13 states in Malaysia, each with their own
encounter with the aggressor. Outside Malaya, thousands more were killed in
Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma and North Borneo like Sarawak.
History is event which already happened, it cannot
be changed. A bad piece of history cannot be decorated to make it look pretty. To
date Japanese history text book refuses to print the truth about what their army
did to the people of South East Asia and Asia Pacific. And not surprising, many young Japanese just miss learning the
By placing this introduction on the web, I hope more
people will come to know about the massacre. The Japanese today should not be blamed for what their past generation did but the truth must be made known to
them. And for those who choose to bury
their head in the sand, look into the eyes of history and say never, never again
let this happen!
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