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Death Railway

Death Railway

This source shows teenagers building railway tracks. There were Japanese soldiers there watching them. The workers' body were very skinny, i can even see there bone. This source is relavant as it shows that the teenagers cannot have their own personal space to do their work and had to be watched by someone They were also malnourished which shows that they do not get enough food while they were working. This shows that during the Japanese Occupation, when they were working, they have no freedom.

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E-Book

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This source is by Hj Aziz bin Rahim Khan Surattee who was a teenager during the Japanese Occupation. He worked in Nissan Motors as an assistant mechanic then worked in Tan Tock Seng Hospital as an attendant. I chose this source as it talks about how his life was tough when he is working during the Japanese Occupation. When he was an assistant mechanic, his pay is only $10 and one kati of rice per week. He was given a cup of porridge for lunch. Food was very scarce until they had to pick vegetables from the drain and boil it to eat. This shows how scary Japanese Occupation was. Not only did the teenagers that work get paid less, they also had not enough food for themselves.

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The Memories of Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam (1926-2008) - Archives Online

The Memories of Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam (1926-2008) - Archives Online

This source is by Joshua Benjamin JeyaretnamI who was a teenager during Japanese Occupation. I chose this source as Benjamin talks about him seeing an advertisement that the Transport Department wanted an interpreter, he applied for it andgot it to work for the Japanese bosses. military officers who were heading the department. He gets only 200, 300 Japanese dollars for his pay. He said that youths who were not working were taken off to work in Siam, the Death Railway, they were building a railway there. So he was lucky to have a job before being sent to built the railway. This source is relevant as it talks about how working was like for teenages during the Japanese Occupation. This show that during the Japanese Occupation the pay for teenages is less, the Japanese did not pay as much as how the teenages should get.

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Teenage working in laboratory

Teenage working in laboratory

This source is from an oral source by Dr Tham Cheok Fai who was a teenager during the Japanese Occupation. I chose this source because Dr Tham Cheok Fai talks about its own experiences working as a teenager during Japanese Occupation. The Japanese wanted manganese, iron bauxite, nickel etc to make tanks and aeroplanes. All these were made from the laboratory. Dr Tham Cheok Fai was forced by the Japanese to work in the laboratory lab, like washing the glassware.Occupation? The source is relevant as it talks about how working was like for teenages during the Japanese Occupation. The source shows us how the Japanese could anyhow get teenagers to work for them in the lab for their own benefits. This shows that during the Japanese Occupation, most teenagers cannot find the job they like and do whatever they want freely, the Japanese will order them to do things.

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