This source depicts what it was like during the Japanese occupation to be singled out and interrogated by the "Kempeitai", or the Japanese police force. If they were not satisfied with the answer given, or if the victim refuses to comply, they would begin to forcefully extract information from someone by putting them through various torture methods, which cause severe pain throughout the body. One of the torture techniques used were "waterboarding. They would forcefully insert water into the victim until the stomach gets bloated. Then, they would stand on it, causing massive pain and water to be coming out from the mouth and nose etc. They would not stop until they had gotten the information they had needed. This caused hhe public to be very aware of the things they do or say.
This book is written about someone named "Maurice Baker" and it is about his life story. He had witnessed the fall of Singapore and had lived through the Japanese occupation. In the book, it appeared as though race had played an important part at the time. More privileges were given to certain races and it was really prominent in the book. For instance, Eurasian prisoners of war had to do menial tasks in order to humiliate them. However, the Chinese suffered a much terrible fate. The Japanese viewed them as criminals, and thus many of them, regardless of age or gender, were sent to be screened by the "Kempeitai". Those who did not pass, were sent away, never to be seen again.
This is a transcript from a piece of an oral recording by interviewer Low Lay Leng. It was from the Oral History Centre and it was recorded on 2 April 1984. The source tells me about the hardships he had faced during the Japanese occupations. He was presumed to be dead by the Japanese, but later was able to escape. He had to stay with his friend's family. Even so, they still cared very much of each other and took care, and thus, there was trust between each other. The interviewee was also fortunate to have a decent job where he was able to get food everyday. Sometimes, the Japanese soldiers would give him some butter or foodfor working hard and obeying the rules. This tells me that benefits could also be given if they followed and did what had been told.