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Stories of Death Railway heroes to be kept alive

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KUALA LUMPUR: A group of volunteers want to keep alive stories of the Tamils from Malaya who worked on the 415km Death Railway from Thailand to Burma during the Second World War.

About 100,000 Malayan Tamils died building the railway, and the group wants survivors of the project, now in their 80s and 90s, and their families to come forward so that the hardships, disease, malnutrition, abuse, killings and suicides would be recorded for history.

The bodies of those who died lie buried along the length of the railway line, which Japan’s Imperial Army used to transport troops and supplies. It was the largest construction work undertaken by the Japanese in 1942.

The group’s researcher, P. Chandrasekaran, said the gruesome deaths of these “forgotten heroes” should not go in vain as they remain unknown….

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