Times, Oct 3, 1945
Excerpt from commentary
control for locally-grown foodstuffs, without a
strict rationing system, is impossible in this
country. This has been proved time and again under
the Japanese regime. One might contend that the
Japanese did not enjoy the co-operation of the
public, and that there is a different spirit about
under British rule. There is a different spirit
about, a better one, but -- let us face facts -- it
does not penetrate into empty larders or hungry
There is not a police force in the world
that could hope to enforce controlled prices in this
place with any measure of success at the present
time. Three and a half years under the Japanese have
taught the public all the tricks, evasions and
subterfuges that go with blakc-marketing. Unless you
put a policeman in every vegetable garden, and at
every food stall, ways will be found to defeat the
control. And even if you do so, the vegetable
gardener will let the stuff rot in the ground ...
There is a simple way out, provided
adequate supplies of rice are available or can be
procured. From the experience gained during the
Japanese occupation it may be confidently asserted
that if the population's requirements for rice can be
met at a price of somewhere about 10 cents per katty,
the prices of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, etc.,
will remain steady and on a reasonable level.
The announcement as to rice rations and
control price in Singapore for October, made last
Saturday, was thus as sound as it was welcome. The
ideal solution, of course, is to go back to the
former peace-time position of having an unrestricted
supply of rice, sold at competitive prices, but that
will not be possible until normal conditions are
restored in Siam, Burma and Indo-China, and in
shipping services between those countries and Malaya.
So long as the present emergency lasts, a local rice
policy based on the October price and rations will go
far towards allowing prices for other foodstuffs to
find a level which will make it possible for the
population to eat reasonably well -- although not on
a pre-war scale ...
relief for Singapore's poor
The Straits Times, Oct 2, 1945
result of investigations into the gravity of
destitution in Singapore, the British Military
Administration has authorized the Emergency Relief
Committee to pay special relief grants with effect
the new scheme, each man (head of a household) will
receive $5 per month, each woman $4 and each child
$2. For a man, his wife and three children, with no
means of support, payment on this basis will amount
to $15 per month.
only stipulation is that in no case will payment
exceed $20 per month ...
to the adoption of the new scheme, it was clear to
the British Military Administration, within a few
days of its arrival in Singapore, that emergency
relief measures, for which provisional plans had been
prepared, would have to be put into operation
immediate relief wither in cash up to a maximum of $5
per destitute family over and above the special issue
of rations was given ...
Sept. 29, 1,500 cases had been dealt with on the
interim scale at the central relief office at the
Victoria Memorial Hall, and between 3,000 and 4,000
at other centres ...
The Straits Times, Oct 13, 1945
industries have been restarted, with good progress
being made generally with industrial revival in
Singapore, the Straits Times understands.
those already started are the Oxygen-Acetylene plant
in Pasir Panjang and the Singapore Rubber Works,
while a rubber milling factory is ready to start work
tremendous range of goods, including
materials necessary for the revival of
industry, has been ordered...
Williams (chief of Trade and Industry
Department) said he had observed a certain
amount of reluctance on the part of the local
inhabitants to resume business or restart
industry. He felt there was no need to for
this hesitation, since no one was required to
obtain prior permission from his department
before resuming industrial operations.
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