the war, I joined the Malayan Democratic Union (MDU).
The union had a cooperative society where I could buy
stuff like cigarettes, which were in short supply
then. I was a member -- gave only $10 to be a member.
I joined so that I could buy things from the store --
lots of people were like me.
During the Japanese
Occupation, people were eating tapioca three times a
day. When the British came back, we had rice, but
many other goods, such as toothpaste, were still in
short supply. (As an MDU member) I used to buy
toothpaste and toothbrushes, among other things.
My friends used to
make me buy things for them on my card as well,
because they were cheaper and not available
elsewhere. We bought stuff like provisions or canned
food, and cordial. One friend from Johor Bahru used
my card to buy cordial to bring back to JB.
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