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‘The New Order’, No.1, 16th Feb 2602 (continued from Page 16-17)
EDITORS NOTES (CONT’D)
GENERAL COUNT JUICHI TERAUCHI
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF SOUTH ARMY LIEUT. GEN. OSANU TUSKADA CHIEF OF STAFF
The Commander-in-Chief of the South Army whose name has so far was kept secret was made public in an announcement of Tokyo Imperial Headquarters today. He is general count Juichi Tarauchi. His Chief of Staff is Lt. Gen. Osamu Tsukada.
Gen Terauchi has been Division Chief, Commander-in-Chief of the Formosan Army, Minister of the Army and Commander-in-Chief of the North China Army. He is the eldest Commander in the Army.
Lt. Gen. Tsukada has held the positions of Chief of the Staff under Gen. Matsui in the China incident, Head of the Military Academy and Vice Chief of the General Staff, Tokio [sp]. The is one of the most brilliant generals in the Army.
AN EMPIRE CRUMBLES
In the beginning of the 19th century European capital was feverishly scrambling to penetrate into any corner of the world which provided untapped natural resources and cheap labour. In this scramble India, Malaya, Burma and the Australian continent comprising the lion’s share fell under the iron heel of British exploitation, while the economies of Siam and China too came to be controlled in the large measure by the financial interests of Britain. This was a huge area inhabited by hundreds of million coloured people who could provide cheap labour to enable British capital to exploit its vast virgin natural resources.
But this treasure house had to be guarded against envious rivals and against the seething discontent of the people whose God-given right it was to enjoy the fruit of their own land and of their own toll. Singapore with its excellent strategic position was early selected to be the guardian of the link of gold between Britain and her colonial possessions in Asia. The story of how Stamford Raffles by bribery, chicanery, and duplicity procured the island of lions for the British is too distressing and too well-known to all Malayans to be repeated here. Singapore commanded the routes to the rich areas of India, China and the Malay Archipelago. Penang and Hong Kong were the lesser fortresses which
FIVE MINUTES LATER GEN. YAMASHITA DRAMATICALLY ENTERED THE MEETING ROOM ACCOMPANIED BY HIS STAFF OFFICERS. THE FACES OF THE DEFEATED BRITISH OFFICERS WERE CONTORTED AND LIEUT. GEN. PERCIVAL’S EYES WERE CONGESTED.
LIEUT GEN YAMASHITA TOOK OUT A DOCUMENT CONTAINING THE TERMS OF SURRENDER AND HANDING IT TO LIEUT GEN PERCIVAL SAID “IF YOU COMPLY WITH THESE TERMS I AM WILLING TO RECOGNISE YOUR SURRENDER. I ONLY WANT YOUR “YES” OR “NO” TO THESE TERMS THE BRITISH OFFICERS ACCEPTED THE TERMS WHOLLY.
Among the terms of surrender are: that before 10.p.m. the C in C of the British Army in Malaya and the Governor of Singapore Sir Shenton Thomas should be brought to the Nippon H.Q. as a guarantee of surrender. That fighting was to cease completely before 10.pm. some of the Japanese Army be admitted in to [sp] Singapore to supervise the disarming of the British army.
The historical meeting ended at 7.50.p.m.
supplemented Singapore in the Indian Ocean and the China Sea respectively.
For more than a century British imperialism based on these three strongholds has held millions of Asiatics in subjection and by ruthless exploitation has reduced them to most inhuman conditions of living. Serving the interests of the British financial Oligarchy these people have remained in back waters economically, politically and culturally. Thwarted by British bayonets and guns in every attempt to rid themselves of the British yoke these unfortunate peoples have looked with high hopes across the sea towards the rising sun of Nippon who challenged the treat [sp] from the west and held her own. Her strength and power held a beautiful promise to all subject Asiatic peoples. Theses hopes were not unjustified. Today with a lighting suddenness the armed forces of Nippon have dealt a crushing blow to the British power in the east.