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Published: Sunday January 22, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday May 24, 2013 MYT 5:13:20 PM

Kinabalu Guerillas survivor recalls misery of war

KOTA KINABALU: A former member of the Kinabalu Guerillas, Lee Min, 91, still remembers his comrades who were massacred during the Japanese Occupation.

“I have never forgotten the misery I went through alongside my friends,” he said during the annual service to remember the fallen at the Petagas War Memorial here yesterday.

On Jan 21, 1944, 186 members of the Kinabalu Guerillas were murdered by Japanese troops and 131 people who were deemed supporters of the guerillas were sent to Labuan to be jailed.

One hundred and seventeen of them died from torture, illness, starvation and inhumane treatment by the Japanese.

Lee Min's eldest son Lee Yaw Koo, 61, said his father would pay homage to his fallen comrades every year despite his health condition.

Another visitor Datuk Fung Khyam Shen, 82, from Singapore, whose elder brother Fung Khung Shen was among those killed in the massacre, said the sacrifices of the fallen guerillas should be remembered and appreciated.

“Khung Shen was one of the first to be killed by the Japanese with seven others.

“I can forgive them but I can't forget. I still feel bitter and my family is very sad about the tragedy,” said Fung, who lived in Sabah known as North Borneo then during the war.

Earlier, Deputy Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai attended the memorial service. - Bernama

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