Leo amery seems like a good fit. Very anti appeasement and very pro preparedness. Might be a bit late though as it's unlikely the post will be created until japan's intentions are bloody obvious or the invasion is already underway. Just thought I'd throw my hat into the ring.Hi Ramp Rat, thank you for this, a very nice summary of the political aspect of my timeline, within the colony, something we speak little of, the focus always on the military. A consequence of these changes, and the harmony they bring is that there is no need now for Duff Cooper to be sent, see https://winstonchurchill.hillsdale.edu/alfred-duff-cooper/, for more on him. Historically, Cooper was sent to sort things out, but typical of the British mismanagement of Malaya, not given the powers to do so, although I think Cooper was very much a square peg in a round hole. Once war broke out, he was made Minister Resident, but was withdrawn mid January 1942, much to his relief.
However, this does bring up a future problem, because with the outbreak of war, and the probable forming of ABDA, I'm going to need a Minister Resident.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resident_minister for a general understanding of this position,
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minister-Resident_for_the_Middle_East#:~:text=The Minister-Resident for the,member of the war cabinet. the Minister Resident Middle East, which is more closer to what I will need in the Far East.
This was a powerful position, and would hold a post in Churchill's war cabinet, the inner ring, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Churchill_war_ministry, and Oliver Lyttleton (who is the present minister historically). Its also worth noting that with the Allied invasion of French North West Africa, Operation Torch, another Minister Resident was appointed, the rising, talented, Harold Macmillan.
OK, so now we're all as clear as mud about what a Minister Resident is, its time to start thinking about who I might pick, yes folks, step right this way, here's your big change to have a say in my Timeline, oh you wanted to pick a tank, oh well never mind, find me a politician!
Now for a starter, sending Duff Cooper to a war zone, (we're going to assume the Minister Resident is appointed after the Japanese attack), is a non starter, Churchill wouldn't pick him. The afore mentioned Harold Macmillan, too junior, plus he did quite a bit helping De Gaulle establish himself as leader of the French, while they were in Tangiers. Harry Crookshank was the first choice for the post Macmillan took, but he turned it down, and if he's going to turn that down, he most certainly will the one in Singapore, plus again, I think he's too junior. Safe options might be Oliver Lyttleton, currently Minister Resident Middle East, or Richard Casey, who replaced him, who's currently Australia's ambassador to the US, that could be interesting. Or really interesting is using Sir Josiah Crosby, currently British Minister to Thailand, if i can get him out of there, who is quite a character to say the least!
OK, so I welcome ideas, we have plenty of time, won't happen until sometime in December, which is a considerable amount of posts away yet, but we're going to need someone.