Hello, this is a bit of a long shot as are many of my postings but I believe India does
cover Malaya in the East Indies.
I have recently acquired copies of certain documents written in a mixture of English and
Japanese connected to my cousin’s incarceration as a POW in Malaya and Thaland between
1942 and 1945.
On a form which has been filled in mostly by typewritten English there are two place names
written in ink in ‘kanji’ One is Ma Loi which I know is Malaya and the other is Ma Pon or
Hon, and though I have Chinese and Malay friends here I can’t discover the answer.
The character Ma is the one for horse and the one for Pon (Hon) is the one used in the
Japanese word Ni Hon (Nippon). All I was told by a Japanese friend was that Ma Hon was
the district and Ma Loi the country. There is a phonetic answer there but I cannot find