Sayonara Singapura

The Japanese occupation of Singapore through the eyes a journalist compelled to work for the Japanese anti-British propaganda machine

Joseph Parapuram | Monsoon Books | 2016

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I was editor of The Malaya Tribune, a daily newspaper in Singapore, sleepily okaying Page One when 17 Japanese Zero bombers shattered the night. It was December 8, 1941. Having been fed daily stories full of optimism from London, we in Singapore hadn’t an inkling that war with Japan was imminent … I sneaked out when there was a pause in the bombing. Limbs of every description – European, Indian, Chinese, Malay and Eurasian – were everywhere.

Parapuram Joseph John – ‘John’ to all – is given an ultimatum by the Japanese invaders: work for us or face the consequences. He becomes No.2 at the Domei news agency, working on Japanese propaganda in Southeast Asia and broadcasting propaganda to Indian troops in India, urging them to switch sides and fight against the British, for which he receives a special commendation from Heinrich Himmler – ‘I was not happy about Himmler’s intrusion into my life, but I kept my mouth shut and my neck intact’.

John writes about wanton killings in Singapore and Malaya, the daily struggle to find food, and Blood Alley in Penang, where he witnesses a ‘cleansing’. He talks candidly about the rise of the Indian National Army and its charismatic leader Subhas Chandra Bose (whom he meets on several occasions), the creation of the all-female Rani of Jhansi combat regiment and the lure of the nationalist call of ‘Challo Dilli’ (‘On to Delhi’).

This is a fascinating eyewitness account of the Japanese occupation of Singapore and Malaya as told by a career journalist. Following the war, John returned to The Malaya Tribune, where his deputy was S. Rajaratnam, the future Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.

ISBN: 9789814625357

Cover Type: Paperback

Page Count: 224

Year Published: 2016

Language: English

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The Japanese occupation of Singapore through the eyes a journalist compelled to work for the Japanese anti-British propaganda machine
I was editor of The Malaya Tribune, a daily newspaper in Singapore, sleepily okaying Page One when 17 Japanese Zero bombers shattered the night. It was December 8, 1941. Having been fed daily stories full of optimism from London, we in Singapore hadn’t an inkling that war with Japan was imminent … I sneaked out when there was a pause in the bombing. Limbs of every description – European, Indian, Chinese, Malay and Eurasian – were everywhere.

Parapuram Joseph John – ‘John’ to all – is given an ultimatum by the Japanese invaders: work for us or face the consequences. He becomes No.2 at the Domei news agency, working on Japanese propaganda in Southeast Asia and broadcasting propaganda to Indian troops in India, urging them to switch sides and fight against the British, for which he receives a special commendation from Heinrich Himmler – ‘I was not happy about Himmler’s intrusion into my life, but I kept my mouth shut and my neck intact’.

John writes about wanton killings in Singapore and Malaya, the daily struggle to find food, and Blood Alley in Penang, where he witnesses a ‘cleansing’. He talks candidly about the rise of the Indian National Army and its charismatic leader Subhas Chandra Bose (whom he meets on several occasions), the creation of the all-female Rani of Jhansi combat regiment and the lure of the nationalist call of ‘Challo Dilli’ (‘On to Delhi’).

This is a fascinating eyewitness account of the Japanese occupation of Singapore and Malaya as told by a career journalist. Following the war, John returned to The Malaya Tribune, where his deputy was S. Rajaratnam, the future Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.

ISBN: 9789814625357

Cover Type: Paperback

Page Count: 224

Year Published: 2016

Language: English

Joseph Parapuram

Monsoon Books

Monsoon Books is a Singapore-registered award-winning independent publisher of English-language books and ebooks on Asia, with its editorial office at Burrough Court in the UK. Monsoon publishes fiction (literary and commercial) and nonfiction (biography and autobiography, true crime, food and drink, history, travelogues and current affairs) with Asian themes. It publishes quality books from outstanding writers the world over and has several regional bestsellers to its name.
Monsoon’s titles have been translated into various languages and have been adapted for TV.

Monsoon’s publisher divides his time between Singapore and the UK, and Monsoon exhibits at major international book fairs; to arrange an appointment to meet a representative of Monsoon Books at London, Beijing or Frankfurt, please email the publisher.

Monsoon Books offers an exciting, innovative and distinctive alternative to commercial publishing; its mission is to be unique—to find new talent and put publishing in Asia at the heart of the literary world.

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