Times, Dec 12, 1950
Excerpt from report
British and Malay troops, with
fixed bayonets, were in support of the Singapore
police last night in efforts to quell the rioting
which broke out in the afternoon after the appeal in
the case of Maria Hertogh had been heard.
Europeans, two Chinese and a Eurasian were fatally
injured and more than 100 people -- Europeans,
Eurasians, Chinese and Indians -- were wounded in the
Muslim rioting which gripped a section of Singapore
city yesterday afternoon and last night.
bodies of the two Europeans were found outside Borneo
Motors in Orchard Road and in the Rochor Canal. A
Eurasian, Francis Pereira, aged 36, died in hospital
of multiple injuries.
bodies of the two Chinese were in the monsoon drain
at the junction of Katong and Amber Roads. Near them
lay a badly-battered body of a European.
Road station was a miniature fortress and refugee
its closed gates gathered men and women who had
sought succour from indiscriminate mobbing.
Suddenly, I was in the
about 2,000 people. They started trying
to turn my car over.
Dr Buus-Hansen, World Health
Organisation's BCG expert. He was in Singapore
initiating a BCG vaccination campaign.
the station was Mrs J. W. Davies, ... She and her
daughter, Janet, aged eight years, had arrived in
Singapore ... only five days ago.
travelling in a bus along the North Bridge Road. Near
them sat an unknown Eurasian woman.
was suddenly stopped. Muslims were around it and
saw them point at me and then they came into the bus
and started on my husband," she said. "They
hit him with a stick. I went towards him but they
punched me in the face and mouth and then pitched me
off the bus.
was screaming. I did not see her again.
had my husband on the floor of the bus, punching him
and kicking him.
was still dazed from the punches I had received. A
friendly Indian hurried me into a taxi and I was
brought to Beach Road station."
The women ran and took
in a Eurasian home. They were later
escorted away by police.
An eyewitness, who saw a mob stopped the
women's car, set it on fire and beat up the women.
Davies recovered slowly in the station, she learned
her husband had been sent to hospital, but he was
dangerously ill with severe head injuries.
got news of Janet. The unknown Eurasian woman had
picked up the little girl and taken her away with her
-- and sent a message to Mrs Davies.
... At 10.30 pm about
300 Indian Muslims and Malays lined both sides of
Anson Road opposite C. F. Pope's motor garage.
armed with planks and sticks. They stopped every
vehicle which passed and examined the passengers.
police vans, two military lorries and one military
jeep lay burnt into twisted steel in front of the
Sultan Mosque. This had been done within half-hour by
angry Muslim mobs.
traffic along North Bridge Road stood still and all
shops within the mosque area were closed.
Extracts of the
broadcast from a Muslim leader, Maulana
Mohamad Abdul Aleem Siddiqui:
the full force at my command, I say that
whatever is going on in the streets is quite
contrary to the teachings of Islam."
"Please, please for God's sake do not
repeat such things. Have confidence in your
leaders who are trying their level best to
create a better atmosphere."
Thousands of Malays and Indian Muslims were on the
roads bounded by Beach Road, Sultan Street, Victoria
and Rochore Road.
especially dense on the North Bridge Road, from
Sultan Street to Rochore Road, the Muslim area of
along that stretch ceased altogether around about
truck with three Europeans passed in front of Sultan
Mosque round about 1.50. A shout went up and the
crowd surged round it. The occupants stopped their
vehicle and they ran out seeking shelter in one of
was overturned and set on fire. The mob shouted in
triumph. Not content with firing it, they hit it and
threw stones at it.
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