" I received formal education in a Malay school, till Grade 6. Back then, Grade 6 was considered a good foundation in education. I was recommended by my teacher to further my studies in an English school but my late mother did not approve of it so I had to work part-time, as a ‘coolie’ to help out a shopkeeper to carry his supplies to his shop. That would be my source of income when I first started working. " - Mr Mohd Amin
SURVIVING ON $2.50 A DAY --- " When I was 15, I found work as a laboratory assistant to the Japanese who were doing scientific studies on metabolism. With my $2.50 per day wages, I would collect rice rations. We carried them in cigarette tins. That rice was more precious than the wages itself. Sometimes, I would get a whiff of soft, white bread baked fresh in the bakery. These loaves were only for the Japanese. All we had was hardened slabs of cornflour mixed with foul-smelling oil." - Mr Tan Hwee Hock.
I chose this source because it is about the economy of Singapore after ports were bombed by the Japanese. This is relevant as the teenagers might be into trading to earn money,thus they might lose profit because the trading was stopped.
I chose this source because Mr Lee mentions that some of the teenagers had been in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, or worse to have been a member of the Japanese Co-Prosperity Sphere outside their prisoner of war camps, working for their prosperity.