That was one dark chapter in Malaysian history, when about 30,000 Malaysians were forcefully recruited by the Nipponese soldiers during WW11 (World World Two) to build the railway of death in then Burma in the 1940s.
I don't know if there are any more of the Malaysian survivors left. But certainly their families are still around.
Those forced to work on the Death Railway must have suffered terribly. We have all heard of the cruelty the Japanese soldiers were capable of. The atrocities they committed are well documented.
It was only proper then that Japan made reparation for the suffering they had inflicted on those forced to work on the Death Railway.
Had Japan done so? Had the victims received reparation? Or their families?
This is news to me
It seemed that the money had been handed over in the 1990s. That must be during Mahathir's time.
If indeed the money had been paid over to Malaysia, the government must let the people know whether and when and how and to whom the reparation had been distributed.
Not to do so is criminal, if not unconscionable and morally reprehensible.
Najib and his administration can't just bury their heads in the sand again
But if this piece of news is true, I am bamboozled.
The money paid over to the Malaysian government as 'blood money' used to set up the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC)?