Following the Fall of Singapore, the Japanese Imperial Army began the Sook Ching, or the “purge through cleansing” of allegedly “hostile” Chinese in Singapore, on the 18th of February 1942.
Later, the Sook Ching would be extended to also include the Chinese in Malaya.
Chinese Singaporean authorities place the death toll of the massacre at around 100 000.
While the Japanese authorities admitted the massacre did take place, their official figures place the death toll at fewer than 5000.
The massacre continued until the 4th of March.