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Teenagers working during the Japanese occupation

Individual Contribution 1 - Hakim (2e4) Aspect: Work

Death Railway

Death Railway

This is a pictorial source which shows the Death Railway, now known as the Burma Railway. It is a railway from Thailand to Burma in the role of supporting the Japanese troops during the Burma campaign of World War Two. This 415-kilometre railway was constructed by deploying Allied Prisoners of War (POW) and conscripted Asian labourers. The railway took a total of around 180,000 to 250,000 Asian labourers and about 61,000 POW. About 90.000 civilian and 12,000 Allied labourers died. From this picture, you can see a man working on the track, while being heavily supervised by three Japanese guards.

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Surviving the Japanese Occupation

Surviving the Japanese Occupation

This story is about two teenagers, Mr Tan Hwee Hock and Mr K. Nadarajah. They were only teenagers when Singapore was invaded by Japanese forces, witnessing one of the darkest periods in Singapore's history. This is the story of them recounting their experiences as teenagers during the Japanese Occupation. Mr Tan Hwee Hock was 13 when the Japanese invaded. He survived on $2.50 a day. He found work as a laboratory assistant to the Japanese at 15 years old.
Another recount was by Mr K. Nadarajah. He was from Malaysia where the war broke out. He was transferred to Singapore by the Japanese soon after the British surrendered. Having his father ill at the hospital, he was tasked daily to deliver cooked food twice from his mother.

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Tan Teck Chye Victor

Tan Teck Chye Victor

This is another interview with Mr Tan Teck Chye Victor, where he talks about him farming at Teluk Kurau every three days with his school. He did farming works such as planting tapioca and vegetables as farming for food was strongly encouraged by the Japanese. It was for them to endure the shortage of food. He has to work for an hour

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Tan Teck Chye Victor ( Work: Page 14 onwards)

Tan Teck Chye Victor ( Work: Page 14 onwards)

This source is an interview with Mr Tan Teck Chye Victor. He talks about his life during the Japanese occupation, experiences in school, working, and entertainment. He would visit the cinema everyday and also wash trams. During the Japanese occupation, he was an illegal hawker, selling whatever he has on the roadside. The supplies he received were mostly from his fruit tress in house compound or from the Japanese themselves. He explained that there was least trouble received by the Japanese than the British by illegal hawker. It is basically accepted by the Japanese as they have no manpower over it.

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