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Today in history – remembering Operation Spectrum

Operation Spectrum, also known as the 1987 “Marxist Conspiracy”, was the code name for a covert security operation that took place in Singapore on 21 May 1987. 16 people were arrested and detained without trial under Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA) for their alleged involvement in “a Marxist conspiracy to subvert the existing social and political system in Singapore, using …

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Important not to conflate risks in training with those in operations: NCMP Dennis Tan on deaths of soldiers during NS training

On Monday (11 Feb), Worker’s Party secretary-general Pritam Singh, in proposing the amendment of Section 14 of the Government Proceedings Act (GPA), branded the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)’s “zero-accident mindset” in the wake of reservist Corporal First Class (NS) Aloysius Pang’s death at the end of last month as “unrealistic” and “wishful” even in “industries with notoriously strict safety standards”. Two years ago, …

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The link between POFMA, ISA, and all of us

by Jason Soo On Wednesday 8 May 2019, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) was passed in Parliament with a majority of 72 to nine, with three abstentions. Welcome to a fate worse than Orwell’s 1984. We now have not one but 16 ministries of truth. During the period when POFMA had not yet been formalized into …

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Historical Perspective of Fake News

by Patrick Low There will come a day  when a full disclosure  on the Marxist arrest of 1987 will be made public. The so-called “Operation Spectrum” was one of the biggest fake news exercises ever orchestrated by the Singapore government. It was fully collaborated and  supported by the cowardly local Press and the full panoply of state TV and Radio …

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The ISD celebrates 70 years of oppression and suppression

The Internal Security Department (ISD) recently celebrated its 70th anniversary with a dinner party attended by Singapore’s political elite including both President Halimah Yacob (Halimah) and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee). The ISD’s very existence is controversial in modern day Singapore with many questioning its relevance and necessity. The factual matrix that led to its founding is after …

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Shanmugam’s “No, No” is a test of our political will

by Tan Wah Piow Why did the meeting on the 30th August of four Singaporeans, and an exile with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Malaysian Prime Minister, rattled the ruling party in Singapore? The background to the meeting was simple enough. The event was initiated by me, arranged by Hishamuddin Rais, a veteran Malaysian activist and writer, and approved by …

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