After having read "Japanese Destroyer Captain," it's very possible that if the PoW and Repulse were still alive and kicking, and part of the ABDA fleet, things might have been a little different. The vast majority of the Type 98 torpedos the Japanese launched missed their targets in the first battles. (Not until the Allies were running for the Sunda Straight did the Japanese really score with torpedos). But toss in the PoW and Repulse in the mix early on with the Houston, Perth, Exeter, etc, and it might have made a huge difference. According to the Japanese, they were not prepared to meet large capital ships when they were sailing to Java. Yes, the British would have lost Malaya anyway, but the Japanese might have been thwarted for awhile in obtaining the oil supplies in the DEI. At least until Nagumo and the carriers showed up.