Who in his right mind would issue MAD notices?
Here are some clues:
1. The notices were issued a long time ago.
2. A series of notices were issued. (This fact is rather obvious from the serial numbers on the notices.)
3. The notices were not issued by mad people or for them.
Update on 15 Jan 2009
1. I think Fr's request to show readers a part of the notice is quite reasonable. So here it is:
2. Judging from Yg's latest comment, I suspect he knows the answer but is just playing along (as he always does). I think if I offer a prize for the right guess, he would know what brand of underwear the Japanese soldiers wore. ;)
3. Today I saw a mad notice of another kind at the Holland Drive Food Centre:
Sorry that the photo is a bit blur. (Got to take a hurried snapshot before the mad chef notices me and throws her wok of boiling oil on me. :p )
Update on 19 Jan 2009 - Answer to Quiz
Apparently, nobody attempted this quiz although I am quite sure that Yg knew the answer. Why? Because he knew that the notices had to do with "Japanese soldier" (read his comments in this post) and he knew that the photos were taken in a museum (see his comments in Icemoon's post).
Below are the uncropped photos:
MAD Notice No. 3 - MAD stands for "Military Administration Dept"
The 2 notices were notifications of compulsory inoculation/vaccination (although I don't know the difference between the two). The inoculation/vaccination were for "all persons in Syonan-to" and were to guard against infectious diseases prevalent at that time, like typhoid and dengue fevers. The notices were issued by the Japanese Military Administration Department.
The British surrender to the Japanese took place in the Old Ford Factory. The Japanese Occupation of Singapore lasted from 15 February 1942 to 4 September 1945. During this period, there were chaos, hardship, fear and suffering; the Japanese conquerors renamed Singapore as Syonan-to, meaning “light of the South”; the year 1942, was changed to 2602 to follow the Showa calendar and even the local time was moved forward by one and a half hours to follow Tokyo time.
An old photo of the Old Ford Factory
The Old Ford Factory is now a museum. Here's how it looks like from the outside:
Some museum exhibits:
More museum exhibits:
Below is a brief history of the Old Ford Factory. (Click photo to read.)
Photo of a soldier
I asked my sons what words were in this sculpture and they told me that it looked like "ford". Hmm... indeed there's some resemblance to my untrained eyes.
But it's actually 和平 (he ping) which means "peace":
Let's hope that Singapore will enjoy everlasting peace.