Oral Answers to Questions — Penang (Japanese High Commissioner).

– in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is in a position to make a statement regarding the activities of Mr. Saravanamattu, a British subject, appointed Japanese High Commissioner for Penang; and, in particular, as to whether Mr. Saravanamattu has accepted this appointment voluntarily or under duress?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

My Noble Friend has seen reports in the Press to the effect that the person named had been nominated by the Japanese to the post mentioned by the hon. and gallant Member, but he is not in a position either to confirm or to deny the statement.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Does the hon. Gentleman propose to make a declaration that any British subject who willingly co-operates with the Japanese in any territories overrun by them, will be charged with treason when the war is over?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

I will call the attention of my Noble Friend to the statement made by the hon. and gallant Gentleman.