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MUSEUM CELEBRATES SYONAN, PROUD OF SG FALL IN WWII

They have already indicated that the name given was specifically to remind Singaporeans of the dark period of our history. But the name has already come under fire. The name itself, while a reminder of Singapore under Japanese occupation, brings a negative connotation and painful memories for some, even though it has been so long since the end of the war. So, even if the name was a reminder of the dark period, it seems like the name, being at the forefront of the whole museum itself, suggest a celebration of the time period.

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1942: BRITISH FORCES IN SINGAPORE HAVE SURRENDERED UNCONDITIONALLY

Prime Minister Winston Churchill described the fall of Singapore as "the worst disaster and largest capitulation in British history". The Japanese claimed to have taken 60,000 Imperial troops in Singapore - 16,000 British, 14,000 Australian and 32,000 Indian soldiers. They also captured a large amount of equipment. The high number of prisoners was not surprising as the troops had been ordered to defend Singapore until the last possible moment so no major evacuation had been ordered.

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