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Requisitioned Property (Malaya)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War why the Victoria Institute at Kuala Lumpur has been requisitioned by the military authorities; and whether he is aware that this is the only university in the Malayan Peninsula.

I am inquiring as to the first part of the Question and will write to my hon. and gallant Friend. As to the second part, I am informed that it is not a university, but one of a number of secondary English schools.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that A.L.F.S.E.A. and S.E.A.C. have commandeered a large number of buildings for clubs, and, at Singapore and in the Malayan Peninsula, for officers, causing annoyance to local residents, particularly as the buildings requisitioned are often colleges and institutes?

I have said that I will write to the hon. and gallant Member, and I will take note of the point he has mentioned.