Recently I asked my mum about Comfort Women in Sibu. She is 89 years old and I am well over 60. She gave me a look and she said, "Why ask? It should not be asked...don't get into trouble." Mum has always been very tight lipped about unsavoury topics.
|Old Street of Sibu. An old photo from Christopher Gan.|
I know from many people that Miri had its share of Comfort Women but most of them had died since the war and they left no documents or no one to tell their stories.
And my own birthplace, Sibu, had probably its share of comfort women. And they could be Chinese, Ibans and other ethnic groups of women inadvertently forced into this kind of human slavery for 3 years and 8 months.
One book written in Chinese mentioned in one short paragraph," Above the xxx medicine shop,was the Happy Garden, used by the Japanese to keep their Comfort Women." The place was at Old Street, now named Chew Geok Lin Road.
However many claimed that it was just a brothel, not really a place where the Japanese kept their Comfort Women. Nguong Chung Chinese Medical Store continued to operate throughout the Japanese Occupation.
According to an elder, some women were willing to serve the Imperial army as servants, to clean the house and to cook, but not as sex slaves. But then again, it was not verified at all by documents or by any oral story. Most eldest have kept their secrets.
And this this from Trinleychodron.wordpress.com
A 79-YEAR-OLD Penang woman has broken her silence about the years she spent as a sex slave during the Japanese Occupation.
Madam Rosalind Saw told The Star newspaper that she had been keeping the fro m her children for 54 years for fear of what they would think of her.
But she decided to tell her story now as she feared of dying alone and “no one would ever know what had happened to me”.
Madam Saw, who lives alone in a low-cost flat in Penang, said that she was then 25 and was a divorcee with two
children when the nightmare began.
She said the invading Japanese soldiers were filthy and drunk most of the time. “You cannot imagine our
humiliation at their hands. Often we would be beaten savagely.”
Her nightmare at the comfort house ended when she found herself pregnant – a reason for her to escape.
In 1945, she gave birth to a girl, who is now married and lives in Britain.
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