Sir Frank Althelstane Swettenham was the Governor of the Straits Settlements (direct Crown control) from 18 February 1901 - 12 October 1903.



Seow Poh Leng was a prominent banker. He was one of the three pioneers of the Ho Hong Bank, which later merged with two other banks to form the Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation. He enjoyed acting and singing. He once acted in a farce, In A Race For A Dinner. The aim of the performance was to raise funds to repair the roof of the Straits Chinese Recreation Club on Hong Lim. He also acted in another dramatic piece, Cherry Bounce, at Hong Lim Green on 18 February 1902.




In 1918, part of Wayang Street in Chinatown was improved by Eu Tong Sen. The improvements included an extra bridge as well as new railings for the monsoon drain on the New Bridge Road side of Wayang Street, and back lanes for the new theatres that he was about to build along that stretch of Wayang Street. The rebuilt stretch of Wayang Street was renamed Eu Tong Sen Street in 1919 in recognition of his contribution. Eu Tong Sen was very active in Malaya where he owned several tin mines, medicine shops as well as rubber plantations. In the Power of Attorney dated 18 February 1924, Eu Tong Sen appointed three persons as attorneys with power to act on his behalf in banking matters related to his business.



On 18 February 1942, a Sook Ching (a Chinese term which means “purging through cleansing”) directive was issued by the 25th Army, which was under the command of Lieutenant-General Yamashita Tomoyuki. The directive ordered Chinese males between the ages of 18 and 50 to report to designated screening centres, which were located all over the island. The directive was specifically on the search for members of volunteer forces, communists, looters, those possessing weapons, and those whose names appeared in lists of anti-Japanese suspects maintained and distributed by the Japanese. In general, anyone perceived as obstructing Japanese operations or threatening law and order were singled out as being anti-Japanese.


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