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Serious NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'pore

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    [h=1]NLB on Syonan Gallery: No other name captured the time and all that it stood for[/h]
    The National Library Board (NLB) said it was aware that the name Syonan Gallery, which it had picked for the newly revamped National Archives of Singapore museum, "could evoke strong emotions".

    The name choice for the museum at the former Ford Factory in Upper Bukit Timah, had sparked an active debate with some saying that the word Syonan was fraught with negative connotations since it was the Japanese occupiers' name for Singapore during World War II.
    Singapore was renamed Syonan-to by the Japanese in 1942, following the British surrender. It means "Light of the South".
    Responding to queries from The Straits Times, NLB said that, after consulting historians and its advisory panel, it "decided that no other name captured the time and all that it stood for".
    NLB added: "The period when Singapore was known as Syonan was a very important part of our history. The new name reminds us how brittle our sovereignty can be, as Singapore lost not only its freedom, but also its name during the Japanese Occupation.
    "It is a sombre reminder not to take our peace and harmony for granted, and to appreciate the need to defend ourselves.
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    A World War II museum which is to be officially launched next week, on the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to Japan, has drawn criticisms both offline and online. Many people feel that the name of the museum ‘Syonan’, which is emblazoned across the entrance of the museum in Upper Bukit Timah Road, shows insensitivity to the victims of war of the Japanese occupation.
    Singapore was named ‘Syonan-to’ after it fell to the Japanese on 15 Feb 1942. The museum occupies a former car assembly plant at the site of the British surrender of Singapore to the imperial Japanese army. The building was gazetted as a national monument in 2006.

    Facebook user Yuelin Chen responding the Straits Times article on the WW2 war museum said that the name “is hurtful to Singapore Chinese especially older generation who went through the atrocities during the occupation.”
    Another user Lee Chong Leng said that the proposed name of Syonan (昭南) is idiotic and offers no respect to their 祖宗十八代 (ancestors).
    Ken siow said that the NLB should take collective responsibility for the WW2 war museum

    “What do they mean when they say they have consulted historians and that a working group (consisting of who?) had studied the name ? Syonan To was ONLY called by the Imperial Japanese government, just like how they called the northeast of China 满洲国, which is not recognized anyone else. To call a Gallery in the darkest part of our history is an insult to many of the families who lost someone dear to them.”

    The museum project comes under the purview of Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim. Commenting on the museum after a tour of the site, Mr Yaacob said that the place is a reminder that peace and harmony should not be taken for granted.
    “As a small nation, we always have to be on our guard and recognise that security is important and that everyone has a role to play.” – Yaacob Ibrahim
    In December 2016, the Diplomat noted that Singapore had been growing closer to Japan since the demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The publication suggested that Japan provided a lifeline for the city-state amid regional and gl
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    These are the fucktard morons on the board of directors of the National Library Board (NLB)

    [h=1]Board Members[/h]
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    [TD]Mr Chan Heng Kee (Chairman)
    Permanent Secretary
    Ministry of Health

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    [TD]Mrs Teng Soon Lang
    Executive Vice President,
    Head (Group Quality & Service Excellence)
    OCBC Bank
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    [TD]Mr John Koh
    Independent Director
    NSL Limited
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    [TD]Mr Kok Ping Soon
    Deputy Secretary (Development)
    Ministry of Manpower
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    [TD]Mr Arthur Fong
    Managing Director
    Greater China Market Head
    Bank of Singapore
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    [TD]Mr Derrick Goh
    Managing Director and Regional Head
    DBS Treasures Private Client & Treasures
    DBS Bank Ltd


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    [TD]Mdm Zuraidah Binte Abdullah
    Domain Commander (Air), Integrated Checkpoints Command (Air)
    Immigration & Checkpoints Authority



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    [TD]Ms Neo Gim Huay
    Managing Director
    Enterprise Development Group
    Temasek International Pte Ltd


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    [TD]Dr Lee Shiang Long
    Dy Chief Technology Officer, ST Engineering /
    Dy President, Defence Business, ST Kinetics



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    [TD]Mr Michael Koh
    Fellow, Centre of Liveable Cities
    Ministry of National Development



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    [TD]Ms Sia Aik Kor
    Deputy Chief Counsel
    (Transactions & Administration)
    Civil Division
    Attorney-General's Chambers
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    [TD]Assoc Prof Albert Lau
    Associate Professor
    Department of History
    National University of Singapore

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    [TD]Dr Shashi Jayakumar
    Head
    Centre of Excellence for National Security
    S Rajaratnam School of International Studies



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    [TD] Mr Chan Cheow Hoe
    Deputy Chief Executive and
    Government Chief Information Officer
    Government Technology Agency (GovTech)



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    [TD] Mr Sajjad Akhtar
    Managing Partner of PKF-CAP LLP and Chairman of the Board of PKF International and Chairman, Asia Pacific
    PKF-CAP LLP[/TD]
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    You just cannot make this shit up
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    They could easily bank on the collective wisdom of our band of brothers here in SBF and I'm sure we can churn out pretty decent names, can't we?
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    Right of the top of my head, I can think of "Japanese Atrocities Museum"
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    I know, right?
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    Very strange they do not have a section in the museum for traitors who collaborated with the Japanese in Syonan. e.g. Nathan and Old Fart.
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    Singapore's greatest sons, the late Ah Gong (God bless his soul) and keling Nathan, both served the Japs in WW2. They both rose to the highest office in our country. In contrast, none of the anti-jap people during Ah Gong's time amounted to much in life post-WW2.

    That says a lot about what sinkies truly think of the Jap occupation despite all the whining about Sook Ching and other so-called massacres which were probably fabricated or grossly exaggerated.
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    My granduncle was arrested by the Japanese and brought to their HQ. He was last seen inside the Jap HQ alive, but was never seen again after that. So, I can tell you the Sook Ching massacres are not fabrications.
     
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    Sinkies can take all kinds of ass screwing and insults.
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    Wahahahah it's like naming the French museum Lourve......."Seig heil".
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    Its like naming the Holocaust museum in Tel Aviv the Adolf Hitler Gallery.
     
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    Might as well call it "Sook Ching Gallery". One would expect these guys would get to know a bit of history to go with their responsibility.
     
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    If they weren't fabrications, then they were exaggerated.

    Otherwise, sinkies and malayans would have lynched and exacted street justice on all jap collaborators just like what the french did to nazi sympathisers after the liberation of france.
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    I bet Mr Jeyathurai Ayadurai having a good laugh right now...
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    I'll double down on that! Splendid name that reflects the start of our suffering when Percival inked the surrender documents!
     
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    Re: NLB Traitors name new gallery Syonan, after Japanese Occupier's WW2 name for S'po

    just a change of one consonant will be ok - syokan gallery.
     
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    After being ass-fucked for 3 years and 8 months by the Imperial Japanese, it's more likely tiokan gallery.
     
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    I lost 2 grandparents to the Japs -this is an outrage.
     

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