Penang (Evacuation of Officials).

Oral Answers to Questions — Malaya. – in the House of Commons on 28th January 1942.

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Photo of Sir Robert Cary Sir Robert Cary , Eccles

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any further information to add to the statement issued by Sir Shenton Thomas, to the effect that evacuation of officials from Penang was carried out without his knowledge or that of the Colonial Secretary?

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

I have no information beyond what has appeared in the Press regarding the statement attributed to the Governor. The House will realise, I am sure, that action had to be taken by the Civil and Military Authorities in circumstances of great urgency in Penang.

Photo of Mr James de Rothschild Mr James de Rothschild , Isle of Ely

How is it that the Colonial Office have no information about this very important statement?

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

The report appeared in Delhi, and there is a good deal of difficulty in getting into communication with the Governor upon matters of this kind.