This source is an oral history interview of Mdm Ethelin Teo's experience during the Japanese Occupation. Mdm Ethelin Teo said many things about the Japanese Occupation including how they were treated brutally and made to treat the Japanese like their masters as every time they passed by the Japanese they have to bow at ninety degrees to show the Japanese the respect that they wanted. She also talked about how and where the traitors were shot and hung. They were hung on trees, one on each tree on the branches. She also talked about how they were shot and the Japanese had to dig a hole so when they get shot they fall directly into the hole. She also said that girls had to dress up as guys in order not to be taken away by the Japanese to be their mistress. The Japanese would also come by to ask whether there are any females in their houses and she also told us that she had to hide whenever they came. This source is relevant because it tells us clearly the hardships that they went through during the Japanese Occupation and how they felt about it. All of them felt very scared and terrified each day that they have to be on tenterhooks everyday. They have to treat the Japanese like their masters and be treated like their slaves no matter how much they do not wish for it to happen. They also have to tolerate the brutal and cruel attacks and abuse that the Japanese gave them in order to keep their lives. These show that they all felt very worried and had lots of fear in them during the Japanese Occupations as they have to worry about whether they wold still be alive tomorrow.
This source is a transcript about Mr Lee Kuan Yew's experience during the Japanese Occupation. Mr Lee Kuan Yew also felt terrified and also traumatized by the Japanese Occupation as their lives has changed a hundred and eighty degree overnight. Mr Lee Kuan Yew also said that the Japanese treated everyone like a slave and treated them brutally which makes them suffer psychologically as they have to worry about whether they are able to wake up the next day alive and whether they will have enough food to feed their families. They are also worried for their lives as the Japanese are like their masters treating them however they want and Singapore being a small and powerless nation could not do much about this. The British was also under the control of the Japanese as they eventually surrounded on this war and left Singapore to survive on our own. This source is relevant because it shows us the hardships and the experiences that they went through during the Japanese Occupation. Everyone felt very scared and worried that they were going to be brutally treated by the Japanese as if they are the Japanese's slaves and get beaten up innocently if they do not obey the Japanese.
This source is from a website about Jie Yi See's Grandma's stories about the Japanese Occupation and how she felt during those terrible times. Everyone felt very terrified and had many fears as the Japanese was being brutal and cruel by harming and beating innocent people up. Also, the number one item on top of everyone's list of fears are the bombs. They would quickly seek for cover when they hear an airplane fly past their homes as they were all afraid that they would drop a bomb down from above and harm many innocent people. Dodging bombs has always been a way of protecting themselves form any unwanted danger hence this has given the people back then a psychological trauma. There were also a shortage of food hence they were suffering from starvation and even malnutrition which also causes them to have a psychological trauma as they have to cover great distances to get their staple food monthly. This source is relevant because the hardships that they went through and the amount of fear, panic and hurt they went through during the Japanese Occupation. It also shows the psychological trauma that they have gotten through the torturous experience that the Japanese gave them by torturing them continuously and brutally.
This source is from a oral history interview transcript with Tan Wee Eng. This source is talking about how people would feel during the Japanese Occupation. Like Mr Tan Wee Eng , many others would have suffered a lot from this Japanese Occupation and they would be overwhelmed by fear and panic no matter where they are because the Japanese would hurt them and even take away their lives if they do not obey them and they would treat them cruelly. They would be living in fear as they could not discuss things with each other freely as they did not know when the Japanese would be listening. Hence they would feel very suffocated as if their freedom have been taken away from them suddenly and they also could not freely express their emotions and had to live in a state of fear all the time. This source is relevant as it talks about the emotions of the people during the Japanese Occupation and how they felt about the treatment that the Japanese gave them . Most of them felt frightened as they were cruelly treated and some were even abused by the Japanese when they do not show respect to them by bowing at ninety degrees to them when they see the Japanese.