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‘My close friend killed, classmates raped’: Robert Kuok tells of horrors during Japanese occupation

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Billionaire Robert Kuok gave a rare interview to the media today, speaking about the brutal killings and rape against people close to him during the Japanese occupation of Malaya.

Speaking to Osaka-based Asahi Shimbun, the Malaysian tycoon said he had agreed to the interview since he wants Japanese youths to learn what happened more than seven decades ago. 

“I want the younger generation to know the history,” he told the paper, in the interview where he mostly spoke about the fighting in the Asia-Pacific during World War II. 

“Once, a young Japanese woman who was our family friend asked me to talk about the war. After I told her about my experiences for 10 to 15 minutes, she said, ‘I cannot believe you. What you have said was not in the Japanese history textbooks.’  

“I was shocked. Although I had not seen the killings, I had heard a lot of tragic stories and many people I knew were killed,” he added.

He related that a close ethnic Indian friend of his was among those killed by Japanese soldiers, after a group of Eurasian families rose up against them for molesting a girl.

“About 15 or 20 people that I knew, including my school teacher, were killed in this one incident,” Kuok was quoted as saying.

He also said that his classmates from the Johor Baru Chinese school were killed. They were daughters of a member of the China Relief Fund, that collected donations for the war relief in China.

“When I went back to Johor Baru I went to look for my classmates and was told that they had been raped, brutally killed and buried in a sports field, together with their whole family. Only two sons who had been sent to schools in China survived,” he reportedly said.

Kuok also related that he once worked for Japanese trading company Mitsubishi Shoji, and because of that had learned the Japanese language.

“I still can speak some Japanese. I will not get lost in Ginza because I can read the signs. Japan is my favourite holiday destination,” he told the paper.

Kuok, however, said he feels that Japan is “a nation of honest, hard-working people” who wanted to lead normal decent lives but “misled by a handful of criminal-minded men”.

The Empire of Japan invaded British Malaya and occupied it between 1941 and 1945, until its surrender to the Allied Forces.

The Federation of Malaya would afterwards be administered again by the British until its Independence in 1957, and later form Malaysia with Singapore, North Borneo (now Sabah), and Sarawak in 1963.

The so-called “Sugar King” is now the 104th richest man in the world according to Forbes, down from 96th place in last year’s edition.

Now based in Hong Kong, he was part of the Council of Eminent Persons that advised Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his Cabinet in the first 100 days of Pakatan Harapan’s election victory. 

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/16/my-close-friend-killed-classmates-raped-robert-kuok-tells-of-horrors-during/1781457

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hollandking To me, Hitler isn't a hero, neither are the japanese imperial army. Heros generally are refereed to good guys, and both don't fulfill that criteria to me. To someone is not hero, while to some is a hero, why? If we go back to 1940s, were the japanese imperial army hero to their ppl at that time? What about Hilter, in his early days, Hilter was a hero to Germans but in both cases, it led them to hell hole in the end. Hitler was I would say is a sick and mad man,he is intelligent too, he advocate research, high technology. So, if you want to talk about hero or not hero, you have to look at who the person is and at what time bcoz someone who is a hero to someone may changed over time and become the DEVIL, I believe this phrase have answer to some of your arguments. A hero now may not necessary be a hero later and vice versa. But generally, the world will view hitler and the Japanese imperial army as aggressor, not hero. World war II led to significant change in world order, the breaking up of the British Empire , the independence of its ex colonial states, the rise of USA as the number 1 world power and most powerful army in the world. The Bretton Woods Agreement that led to USD becoming the major currency instead of the British pound. Ever thought about the number of deaths in WWII, what if the war never happened, how would the current world population be? In the case of the jews, 2/3 of the Jews in Europe were killed. But there's a report about the consequence of the holocaust. There is this perception of the intelligence of the Jews, more intelligent on average than most BUT some suspect it could be due to the holocaust due to something like natural selection but in this case it was artificial selection but both are @ survival of the fittest case. Think about it, 2/3(6million) of the jewish population got wiped out in europe, that would have made a very significant changes to the genetic pool.
17/08/2019 9:34 AM
Sslee Dear i3lurker,
If you read the history of China then the China Chinese had killed their own China Chinese many millions more in the name of uniting China or who has the heaven mandated to rule China.
17/08/2019 9:34 AM
hollandking Oh yeah, I forgotten another important consequence of world war 2, the appetite and the ability for wars were reduced greatly.
17/08/2019 9:37 AM
EngineeringProfit What is the most important lesson that the kampung folks can learn from history.......

.......and not to be folled by unscrupulous opportunistic leaders who claim to be out to defend their beliefs and almight ones- which are.made believable under attack.....by above the law ppl
17/08/2019 9:39 AM
EngineeringProfit Anak2 msia.....batch in ..batch out.....

...tortured to depression to rote learning SEJARAH textbook....

BUT FAIL TO BE enlightened ONES
17/08/2019 9:41 AM
EngineeringProfit Mao....Chin Pemg...Polpot....

.....all just brutal ...opportunistic....selfish ppl

Unlike Lao Tzu
17/08/2019 9:42 AM
speakup veering off topic guys!
stay focused!!!! attack KHAT!
17/08/2019 9:42 AM
hollandking I think some of you your mindset, is well, this party killed 10million ppl, that killed 20million, but this party killed 5 million, so is OK??? In all cases, is NOT OK and this shouldn't be something to be debated at all, is nonsense. Or maybe you want to take into account population inflation, the population at that time vs death????? Economy of that time vs now, its size?
17/08/2019 9:44 AM
EngineeringProfit KHAT...no CUT the crap

Bad into to put the KHAT...no CART before the horse

This is 21st century....learn up to date java script 1st..all out

If fot additional budget....man power....time....ample childhood time....then
17/08/2019 9:45 AM
hollandking Learning from history, is about do you have the intelligent to summarized and reflect upon them and come to conclusion. Not many able to do it and some reading is just reading, nothing more
17/08/2019 9:46 AM
speakup Kuok is not the enemy
KHAT is the enemy
LYNAS is the enemy
PH is the enemy
BN is the enemy
STAY FOCUSED GUYS!
17/08/2019 9:46 AM
hollandking So learning history to most is just reading and memorizing, that's all. Are you able to combine different sources/event and link them together to come to a conclusion. How strong is your reasoning?
17/08/2019 9:47 AM
hollandking Another thing, never trust politicians entirely
17/08/2019 9:48 AM
EngineeringProfit Objective should be.....

...enhance patrioticism.....creating nationalist 1st mentality.....Malaysian first schoolers

= success....objective made

KPI for sejarah teacher....for 6 decades
17/08/2019 9:49 AM
hollandking As for China, i can tell you, one day it will lead to massive problem, why? You just have to look at its administration system, you will see why there will be problem. Beside that, if you know history of China, you will know what is capable of
17/08/2019 9:51 AM
hollandking Robert Kuok talked about japanese ww2 brutality bcoz the interviewer asked him about that, why ppl ask u something, u ans something else? U want to include the mongols too?
17/08/2019 9:52 AM
EngineeringProfit KHAT...no CUT the crap

Bad into to put the KHAT...no CART before the horse

This is 21st century....learn up to date java script 1st..all out

If fot additional budget....man power....time....ample childhood time....then

AND.....Anak2 msia.....batch in ..batch out.....

...tortured to depression to rote learning SEJARAH textbook....

YET FAIL TO BE enlightened ONES......

Why is its learnibg objective?

The number one objective should be.....

...enhance patrioticism.....creating nationalist 1st mentality.....Malaysian first schoolers

= success....objective made

KPI for sejarah teacher....for 6 decades

OKAY...OKAY...FAOL...SO NOW ADD ON CIVICS??????
17/08/2019 9:52 AM
hollandking Those are Robert Kuok's real experience, Robert Kuok wasn't living in China at that time, what you want him to tell you?
17/08/2019 9:53 AM
hollandking Anyone resesarch on Bo Xilai, what he did? Go do some research and you will see how shocking it was. How many Bo Xilai are still in China? If you read about history of China, you will see that this isnt the first time ppl like Bo Xilai existed, in fact there are more and much more intelligent
17/08/2019 9:55 AM
EngineeringProfit Mao....Chin Pemg...Polpot....

.....all just brutal ...opportunistic....selfish ppl

Unlike Lao Tzu
17/08/2019 10:42 AM
EngineeringProfit We...Dong Zong.....Jiao Zong....do not believe in lying

prefer to call a spade a spade
17/08/2019 10:43 AM
Sslee Dear all,
Soldiers are trained to kill or be killed, no two ways about it. The brutality of war are facts and reality. It is this uncontrol brutality that invoked human conscious of peace loving and establishment of war crime court. We are peace loving people so please give peace a chance.
Respect eveyone and no hero worshiping.

We are our worst ememy if we do not learn the lesson of history.

Thank you
17/08/2019 10:48 AM
EngineeringProfit Whatever job they are in.....

.....as long as they do it whole heartedly

they deserve a pat on the shoulder

LIKE THE ALL CABINET MEMBER.....FOR SOLVING THE KHAT ISSUE TIMELY AND WISELY

Syabas to all sincere workers
17/08/2019 10:51 AM
EngineeringProfit Software to worship.......not install/found

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Posted by i3lurker > Aug 17, 2019 10:48 AM | Report Abuse

it amazes me since when I was a teenager until now that non-chinese cannot understand that Chinese dun have heroes.
17/08/2019 10:53 AM
EngineeringProfit Need to instill from young.....

....meluntuh buluh biar dari lebungnya
17/08/2019 10:54 AM
EngineeringProfit Brain is like CPU.....

........need to install relevant software to run specifically
17/08/2019 10:55 AM
hollandking SSLEE, I would say your argument is partially correct. Why I say so? In World War II, there were indeed ways in which Japanese commanders trained their soldiers to be killing machine. I give a example. There was an event in China, I forgotten which city the soldiers ordered by their commander to open fired on civilians, but these soldiers didnt want to or dare not, it proved there were humanity in them. But the commander chopped off one of the soldier with his samurai sword, led to panic among the soldiers and they started firing. In this case, it was indeed trained to kill. But in our case and most of the case in most countries, it isn't about killing, is about defending your territory. Do you guys think in a battlefield, soldiers don't have humanity? Some because of the harsh environment of war, led them to go crazy and lose their humanity. I read a report about a research on the diaries of the japanese soldiers diarie, they were remorsed after the war. Just to let you know during WWII, do you know what the Russian did? Some of the russian commanders gave orders, the front row who retreat will be shoot by those at the back. So nobody dare to retreat and have to keep charging on. In a battlefield, when shooting started, nobody will stop, bcoz if u stop, u get killed. That is how it works. It will only stop until one party get defeated. Just to let you know, there were good generals in the German army, who had humanity. I forgotten, there was a good german general who was very good, he was deployed to Africa but was killed on orders of Hitler , I think he was forced to commit suicide.
17/08/2019 10:57 AM
EngineeringProfit The past cannot predict the future....

......can burn text

Killer drones are the future ultimate machine for this task
17/08/2019 10:59 AM
hollandking the past can give you the probabilities of something happening when something had repeated so many times, it become something like a pattern
17/08/2019 11:03 AM
hollandking In war, it is really about following the orders from a command chain. The top one gave order, the bottom follow, 1 command 10, 10 command 100.... These units they only follow, they are isolated from interactions of the outside world and only 1 line of communication.
17/08/2019 11:07 AM
hollandking Think about it, if the command chain is broken and no supervision, what would happened?
17/08/2019 11:10 AM
hollandking When command line is broken, they follow the nearest high command, which is the one leading them, so it becomes a roulette game, how they would behave
17/08/2019 11:11 AM
hollandking robert kuok was talking about the past based on his real life experience. Nobody questioning those 2 atomic bombs but the bombs have another side of the untold story
17/08/2019 12:23 PM
hollandking and the brutal parties caused their own destruction
17/08/2019 12:25 PM
EngineeringProfit Einstein played a key role behind the development of the atomic
nbomb
17/08/2019 12:28 PM
stockraider U panlai talkcock loh...the communist party did not kill only chinese, they kill anybody that are traitor to their ideology mah....!!

To highlight CPM only kill chinese is misrepresentation mah....!!

Posted by Apple Juice > Aug 17, 2019 8:38 AM | Report Abuse

Of course current japanese don't know since it was 70 years ago! Yes, japanese soldiers killed half a million local chinese! In China, japanese soldier killed much more especially Nangking where they killed every single chinese they can find! But until today, the relationship between chinese China and japanese Japan have never recover!
Likewise, local chinese don't know that communists were even terrible! Hundred thousand of local chinese were killed and threaten! Many local chinese teachers were slaughtered like chicken! This is something Rober Kuok should talk about too! Only few years ago did i know, Chin Peng was not a hero, he was a killer! He ordered killing of so many local chinese! This must be taught to malaysians as majority still think Chin Peng is a hero like i did!
17/08/2019 12:37 PM
EngineeringProfit Don't forget to discuss...Yamashita's gold
17/08/2019 12:52 PM
EngineeringProfit And the conspiracy theory behind sparing the truly responsible japanese prince....

....putting all the blamw down to his general
17/08/2019 1:02 PM
calvintaneng PUT ASIDE PAST POLITICS

ROBERT KUOK SUCCEEDED SO WELL BECAUSE HE NOT INTERESTED IN POLITICS

HE EVEN REJECTED A "TAN SRI" TITLE!!


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17/08/2019 4:37 PM


 

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