The Japanese Conquest of Penang: Part One

By William Tham, Enzo Sim

December 2021 LEST WE FORGET
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Australian anti-tank gun in action at Bakri on the Muar-Parit Sulong Road. Photo by: Imperial War Museum
THE OVERWHELMING FOCUS on the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 19411 as the start of the Pacific War means that the actual first shot is largely forgotten – that was fired on the shores of Kota Bharu, Kelantan, where the Japanese Imperial Army had landed just slightly over an hour earlier, while their airborne counterparts were still en route to Hawai’i.2 Japan’s grand plan to unify East Asia, beyond occupied Korea and the eastern parts of China, was...

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William Tham

His novel, The Last Days, is set in 1981 and covers the continuing legacy of the Malayan Emergency. He is currently an editor-at-large with Wasifiri and also an MA candidate at Universiti Malaya.

Enzo Sim

is a Mass Communications graduate who has an unwavering passion towards international relations, history and regional affairs of Southeast Asia. His passion has brought him to different Southeast Asian capitals to explore the diverse cultural intricacies within the region.