The fall of Penang during World War Two

The fall of Penang during World War Two

In case you missed it, a documentary on the fall of Penang during World War II, screened over the History Channel.

Any war-time memories to share with us?


  1. One part of the history not mentioned by ordinary people was the Taiwanese in Penang before and during the Japanese occupation. There were Taiwanese teachers, business people and workers who turned out to be spy for the occupier. One woman teacher who help kill many students of CLHS were caught but somehow she managed to sneak back to Taiwan after the war.

  2. Saw it last night. My grandpa told me stories how the Japs made their life hell for 3 years during their occupation. He lost most of his Chinese friends as they were branded as china spies. Everytime the Japs came in the kampung all the women and girl would go lari lintang pukang hide in the thick jungle scared of the Japs more than the snakes and tigers. He too kena sepak terajang for not bowing too fast. Scary times indeed.

    • If Nat Geo or Finas or BBC is to make a documentary of the fall of Gerakan Penang 308, the producer can engage Anil as advisor.
      May be Tunglang can provide vivid interviews especially the HanChiang Rally event prior to the fall of Gerakan in Penang.

      • Sorry, my wife, daughter of my Gerakan worshipping father-in-law threw away my Red T-shirt with a hole many moons ago. I couldn’t do it but someone did it for me.
        I have more passion sentiments for Belum Rainforest, Botanic Garden, Penang Hill, Air Itam Dam Forest Reserve, Pantai Keracut, Macalister Road, Madras Lane & all the living + dead Ori-Maestros of Penang street hawker food than take unnecessary risk & be swayed again by a Boh Bak Chew Kua. Many are blinded in some ways by 308 Tsunami bringing with it Gurney Drive cosmopolitan mud that can cover any Change (Ubah) face better than Peking Opera Change Face trickery.

        Om, Om, Om, in the Hindu Bujang Valley of peace, serenity & disconnectedness from all the bulls of trading our trust & being manipulating our recklessness in a shouting field surrounded by angry Special Branch minions.

        Hero dies first. Politicians laugh last.

      • Forget Belum rainforest for a while, Pantai Keracut is a gem many cosmopoiltan islander don’t seem to appreciate (good stay that way as i can hike in peace away from typical kiasu islanders you can see at weekends on penang hill).
        Pantai Kerachut monkeys one day can be dressed up as Minions if Penang Tousirm run out of ideas to promote the island :)
        My internet quota runs low now. Can anyone advise me which telco provides the best pre-paid deal ? So many Percuma type but there hidden cost, right ?

      • Henson.
        My average celcom bill without data plan $400.00 and since I change to u mobile my average bill $120.00 with data plan.
        rajraman. Celcom sucks me $280.00 every month until their customers service rude to me and I make rights to change telcom provider.

  3. 70+ years plus. the jap wound has healed ? younger generations knew zero about the torture; and they only get tortured playing japanese-creations like nintendo games day and night ?

    even the apanama look east policy in the 80s mudah lupa like to engage jap to create cars no wonder the curses of the tortured souls still haunt the success of the local car industry ???

  4. I was told that when the Japanese planes first bombed Bayan Lepas Airport (just an aerodrome then) on 10th or 11th December 1941, they shot down two Buffaloes ….one a British RAF Brewster Buffalo and the other was a Malayan Water Bufallo …..

  5. My mother is 77 years old. For no reason, my grandfather was arrested and tortured by the japs for a month during the occupation. He died soon after his release. My mom said she heard the british not only abandoned Penang but left behind their own children to the japs atrocities. The japs swang these small babies by their arms, threw them upwards into the air and landed them onto rifle knifes.

  6. People tell stories, share their personal experiences & their feelings, recall the actual accounts of what actually happened. In this case, the nightmarish horrors of Japanese occupation & Sook Ching (systematic massacre of Chinese).
    Some who have had gone thro’ the hardship & terror will never forget, maybe forgive the shortie but evil-cruel Japanese soldiers of WW2. And also won’t forget the cowardic British colonialists who saved their own trembling skins leaving unaware Penangites to fend for themselves in the coming morning terror.
    In any war, the ordinary civilians are the helpless victims, not the statesmen or commanders of the armed forces. Winston Churchill himself could only barked like a drunkard bulldog in London while George Town burnt to cinders & transformed overnight into open-air mortuary.

    I too lost an uncle during the Sook Ching terror in George Town. He was fed with gallons of water & stepped on till he died & was buried in some unknown mass graves.
    As a child in the 60s, I would not be too surprised why my god father’s (my mom’s eldest brother) own demised son (who had gone mentally unsound) would occasionally called out & chat with the invisible ‘kong san tang’ (jungle rats communists) in the Balik Pulau hills as if they were still alive as his heroes. It seemed the haunting spirits of the war won’t go away some 20 yrs after 1945.

    People are the main sources & rich ingredients of any history. Without them, there is no authentic history to share or preserve. So let us be reminded: to capture & conserve Penang’s rich heritage & multi-cultures, we should encourage & foster Penangites to stay here as the real, living assets of the state. Cosmopolitan bling-bling has no value worth recording in History Channel.

  7. No war time memories to share here but just a time, they should rename the documentary:

    “The Fall of Penang in WW2:How the English conviniently dissappeared and reappeared out of thin air after the Japanese surrendered”


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