Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Japan compensated RM207 billion to Malaysia?

PETALING JAYA: Japan never paid RM207bil to the Malaysian Government as compensation for victims of the Death Railway project in the 1940s, according to the Japanese Embassy.


Its Second Secretary Takaharu Suegami, responding to PAS working committee member Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin who was reported to have said so, said the latter's claim was “outside the involvement and knowledge of the Government of Japan”.

“All questions arising out of the unhappy events with regard to Malaysia have been fully and finally settled under the San Francisco Treaty which entered into force in 1952,” he said in a statement yesterday. Nizar was quoted by Harakah Daily as saying that the embassy had confirmed that the money was handed to the Malaysian Government in 2004.

The report stated that the money had yet to be distributed to families of the estimated 30,000 Malaysians who were forced labourers of the project between 1942 and 1946.

Suegami said both countries had also signed an agreement on Sept 21, 1967, whereby Japan agreed to supply services and products to Malaysia totalling RM25mil.

The grants, he said, had been used to build two ships, among other projects, but there was no transfer of an undisclosed amount of money.

“Malaysia agreed that any question from the events of the Second World War that might affect our good bilateral relations would be fully and finally settled with the agreement.

“All the supply in accordance with the agreement was completed by May 6, 1972,” he said.

- The Star/Asian News Network

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3 comments:

  1. San Francisco Treaty was one of USA's strategies with its so called Allied Powers.

    China, a major victims of Japanese atrocities were excluded from the treaty. Neither the Republic of China nor the People's Republic of China were invited to the San Francisco Peace Conference, and neither were parties to the San Francisco Treaty.

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  2. “All questions arising out of the unhappy events with regard to Malaysia have been fully and finally settled under the San Francisco Treaty which entered into force in 1952,”

    How can the “unhappy events” and that war compensation on the matter had been fully and finally settled under the San Francisco Treaty entered into force in 1952 when Malaysia was born only in 1957!

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  3. Japan is abnormal, the country’s debt is more than 200% of its GDP, still occupied by American troops, still making troubles with its neighbors, right-wingers militarism are back again, now the deputy sheriff in Asia?

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