I think Nizar Jamaluddin didn't do any research on the RM207 billion war compensation he claimed 'disappeared' into the government's coffer, or he and his team simply wanted to politically ride on the issue.
Had he done his homework, that amount of money didn't come in cash. What was termed as 'compensation for the victims of Japanese occupation' during World War II did not apply on those forced to build the 'Death Track' in Burma (Myanmar now) but also others who were badly affected by the occupation.
The number 30,000 raised by Nizar and his Jejak team cannot be confirmed as the number could be more or less.
In 1988, Tokyo admitted its 'mistakes' in Malaya, Burma and other countries and started to compensate them by providing financial aid for developing those countries, and Malaysia is one of them.
There was no clue to determine how many Malaysians were affected during the war, including the number taken by force to Burma to build the 'Death Railway Track', including a bridge across the Kwai River.
It was also not an easy task for any government to conduct a survey on those affected citizens as war promised nothing but sorrow and pain. Some claims were also found to be contain lies as to lucre on the compensation offer.
In that manner, the Japanese government had from 1988 distributed aids to various countries, including China and Malaysia as a diplomatic gesture to improve relations and put the bad episode behind their relations.
I wonder if Nizar himself, as a former senior government servant, had been following news published in newspapers and other bulletins about Japan's sincere approach to mend better ties with the countries it once occupied.
For Malaysia, various channels were established with Japan as a method to channel such compensations to the country. The only thing is, it didn't reach the family of the war victims but was instead translated into developing the nation.
Several grants was given by Tokyo to Malaysia, including for students, in effort to meet the amount RM207 billion 'owed' by them to Malaysians.
Why would the 30,000 get about RM3 million each when it is believed more than 1 million Malaysians had suffered during the occupation? There is no just to it, right?
Its really intriguing. Why only now that Nizar and his opposition team show a lot of interest in that money?
I believe they will also question the RM270 billion fund purported given by Tokyo to the Malaysian government in 2009 for the Padang Besar-Kunming railway track. Just wait...