The Ford Motor Company which was first established in Singapore at Anson Road in 1926, moved to its new state-of-the-art factory located at Upper Bukit Timah Road in October 1941.It talks about the Prisoners of War (POWs) during the Japanese Occupation and their lives during that period. The Japanese Officers will make sure they respect them and those who did not listen to them will suffer badly with hardly any resources. They also forced the POWs to do chores for them to make a living.
In his past as a teacher, during his daily life,he would have his rations card where he will go to the commonly went street, Hock Lam Street, to get his food items after cancelling a number from the ration card. Looking like a birth registration card,he will get his food and saving his money working as a teacher.
This story has been told to reflect the change in exhibition. They were only teenagers when Singapore was invaded by Japanese forces, witnessing one of the darkest periods in Singapore's history. Both past survivors were frightened of the Japanese Occupation and pay due respect to them. In their daily lives, they had to either save up money to be ready for anything happening to them anytime or get jobs that seemed tough as they are teenagers during the Japanese Occupation and they are inexperienced. With the saved money, they are able to buy the essential food resources and other stuff at the black market where it is sold at expensive prices, leading them to a tough life.
Lee Kip Lin (b. 11 February 1925, Singapore–d. 9 July 2011, Singapore) was an architect, professor and author. He practised architecture while teaching at Singapore Polytechnic and the University of Singapore. During the Japanese Occupation, he needed to work as a bill clerk in an estate and trust agency and switched to the Japanese Medical Auxiliary Service in 1944 to prevent forced labour. His experiences during the war made himself to complete his education and save up everything in his future.