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311 Mr V. G. Bowden, Official Representative in Singapore, to Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs

Cablegram 86 SINGAPORE, 28 January 1942, 8.11 p.m.


Your telegram No. 55 [1] last two sentences.

Please be assured that in the absence of any instructions from you
I have regarded my function on the War Council as being strictly
limited to providing you with information and have carefully
abstained from taking up an attitude on the Commonwealth
Government's behalf on any matter of policy.

My remark to Rear-Admiral Malaya [2] quoted in my 81 [3] para. 2
was made purely to elicit information because Scott [4] had raised
the question of the possibility of holding Singapore and had
quoted a Dutch official as saying that the official belief in the
Netherlands East Indies was that Singapore 'would be a Dunkirk and
not a Hong Kong' to which no one had replied. The discussion in
any case was entirely unofficial and unrecorded.

1 Document 309.

2 Rear-Admiral E. J. Spooner.

3 Document 306.

4 Director-General of Publicity, Singapore.

[AA:A981, WAR 42]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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