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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Japan War Crime

SEVERAL MPs yesterday came out strongly to demand an apology and compensation from Japan for war crimes and atrocities committed in Malaysia during World War II.
They said although Japanese leaders had publicly apologised, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at the Bandung 50th anniversary Asian-African Summit in Jakarta on Friday, their sincerity was "questionable".
Debating the Supplementary Supply (2004) Bill 2005, Opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said: "On the same morning that Koizumi apologised, some 80 MPs from the Japanese ruling party made their pilgrimage to the Yasukuni Shrine which also honours 14 Japanese war criminals."The Government should take the stand that the Japanese bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council should hinge on the Japanese Government’s sincerity in following up Koizumi’s apology in Jakarta."
Others whom agreed to this were Datuk Liow Tiong Lai (BN-Bentong) Datuk Badruddin Amiruldin (BN-Jerai) Datuk Mohamed Aziz (BN-Sri Gading) Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan)
MPs thumping their tables in support. more details here

I may not born during WWII but isn't the time to mentioned this matters where not good? A lot of Japanese companies had left Malaysia due to non competitiveness to other countries especially China and we gave them another 'good' reason to leave. I studied in Japan and been working with Japanese for years and I don't think it is suitable time for that.
Once my ex-MD mentioned to me regarding problems of transfer of technology in Malaysia. Since Japanese needs loyalty, the transfer of technology is slow because Malaysian tends to shift job whenever they gain experience and I agree to that. At least company needs one experience for 5 to 10 years depends on the company activities to ensure the smooth operation of the company.
Lately the trends maybe not as bad, but during 90's the turnover were very huge which also contribute to the employment of foreign worker. Operators tend to shift job for mere couple of bucks and you just cannot gain experience from that.
War is cruel and of course Japanese is not the only one. US in Vietnam, now in Iraq are the same. Soviet in Afghan is no exception. How about Israel and Palestine matter? Why the double standard? We must also understand one more thing - There are 2 types of history - The Real One and The Official One.
The recent demo in China is widespread but in Shanghai? The reason? Shanghai business rely on Japanese companies and they know what will happen if Japanese retreat from there. How about China treatment / history towards Taiwan?. How about their own story book towards Japan during the war? Do they put the real history or exaggerate it towards the truth they one?
Do we really need that? Are we capable enough to be on our own like China whom now, produce their own brand and we can see a lot of it anywhere, everywhere. MP's increament of 10% might made them think that the economic is still booming and we not need to worry but there are people out there who are struggling to survive and to find new jobs. If one hugh company close such as Sony or Matsushita, not only the employees but also the vendors will be effected. For those employees who are more than 35 with not so good educational background, who will employ them? A few may be lucky but a lot more may be not.
Add : Japan should concentrate more on ensure that the history won't repeat again and that what the MP's should ask for.

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