Oral Answers to Questions — Enemy-Occupied Colonial Areas (Natives).

– in the House of Commons on 1st July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what provision was made for natives of Malaya and other colonial areas occupied by enemy forces who fled to other British territory; and whether he has any further information respecting the present treatment and the conditions of Native population and British, respectively, who remained in those occupied areas?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

There was no flight of Malays from Malaya or of the native population from the British Pacific Islands occupied by the enemy. Funds have been placed at the disposal of His Majesty's Embassy, Chungking, to enable them to co-operate with the Chinese authorities for the purpose of assisting Chinese who left Hong Kong for Free China. No official or authentic information has yet been received concerning the treatment and conditions of the European and Asiatic population in Malaya.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Can we take it that no natives of Malaya and Singapore, whether Chinese or Malayan or otherwise, escaped from that area into other British territory?