Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blood Brothers - tribute to Sabah’s World War II heroes

SANDAKAN: Blood Brothers. This is the fitting title of a book written as a tribute to Sabah’s World War II heroes.

Authored by Australian historian Lynette Silver, it details the true grit, valour and sacrifices of the heroes who helped the Allied Forces during the Japanese Occupation.

Blood Brothers was yesterday jointly launched by Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Peter Pang En Yin and Australia Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

Silver said the book served as a note of thanks to the people of Sabah who played a major part during World War II.

This included helping Allied Forces prisoners of war (PoWs), comprising soldiers from as far away as Australia and Britain.

She decided to write the book on Sabah’s World War II heroes when she attended the opening of the Sandakan Memorial Park in 1999.

There, she met local warriors Chin Chee Kong and Joseph Wong who were sitting quietly in a corner.

“No reference was made to them and I felt this was a shame as I knew they (Chin and Wong) were involved in the war.

“In addition, other Sabahans were tortured because of their involvement (in the war), but their presence was not mentioned either,” said Silver when met after the launch of the book at the annual memorial service held for the fallen soldiers some 12km from here.

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