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 … Read more

Activists of three generations commemorate 60th Anniversary of Operation Coldstore

This past Saturday (18 Feb), over 120 people gathered at an event to pay tribute to the thousands of political detainees victimised by Singapore’s dark history of suppressing dissent. Activists of three generations commemorated the 60th anniversary of Operation Coldstore, which took place on 2 February 1963 and saw the arrest of hundreds of political … Read more

8th anniversary of the death of Dr Lim Hock Siew, not forgetting him and other victims of Operation Coldstore

First published on Function 8 Today is the 8th anniversary of the death of Dr Lim Hock Siew (21 February 1931 – 4 June 2012). Dr Lim was imprisoned for nearly 20 years without trial by the Lee Kuan Yew government. We remember Dr Lim’s contributions and sacrifice for Singapore. We also remember the hardships … Read more

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 … Read more

Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham released early on “good behaviour” after serving part of jail term for charges under Public Order Act, among other laws

Civil rights activist and social worker Jolovan Wham on Friday (5 Mar) was released early from jail on “good behaviour” after serving part of his term for charges under the Public Order Act (POA), the Vandalism Act and the Penal Code. Mr Wham, 41, had previously pleaded guilty to three charges concerning the following: Section … Read more

Josephine Teo trucks out the old and tired argument of the foreign bogeyman once more

Second Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo (Ms Teo) has said in Parliament that the Government was studying “legislative levers” that will allow it to obtain information to investigate if it considers that there are hostile information campaigns to interfere in Singapore’s domestic policies Given that the Government already has far-reaching … Read more

Will the Govt change or will it imprison more people like Jolovan before things can change for the better?

by Teo Soh Lung Jolovan Wham pleaded guilty to three charges today: Illegal assembly for participating in a peaceful protest in trains using the 1987 Marxist Conspiracy book published by Function 8; Vandalism for scotch taping two A4 size paper on the glass pane; and Refusing to sign a statement recorded in the course of … Read more