Japanese occupation of Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak

Japanese Occupation Of Malaya, North Borneo And Sarawak

Japanese occupation of Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak

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Throughout much of World War II, British Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak were under Japanese occupation.

The Japanese Empire commenced the Pacific War with the invasion of Kota Bahru in Kelantan on 8 December 1941 at 00:25Dato' HL "Mike" Wrigglesworth, The Japanese Invasion of Kelantan in 1941, about 90 minutes before the Attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii at 07:48 on 7 December Hawaii time, or 01:48 on 8 December Malayan time. They then invaded the island of Borneo in mid December 1941, landing on the west coast near Miri in Sarawak;Ooi Keat Gin, Japanese Empire in the Tropics, 1998, 6-7 invasion was completed by 23 January 1942 when they landed at Balikpapan in Dutch Borneo on the east coast.Wigmore, Lionel (1957) The Japanese Thrust Australia in the War 1939-1945 Series 1 (Army), Volume 4. Canberra: Australian War Memorial, page 179 (Online in PDF form at ) During the occupation an estimated 100,000 people were killed.


Military response

During the occupation a guerilla resistance force battled the Japanese from the jungles of Malaya. Groups such as the Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) and Force 136 were involved in the bulk of anti-Japanese resistance during the occupation.

Living conditions

Living conditions under the Japanese were brutal with frequent reprisals against the ethnic Chinese population by both the occupying Japanese army and the secret police...
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