Tag Archives: ISA

Checks and balance needed for ISA to prevent abuse by an all-powerful government

Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, Mr Ho Kwon Ping calls for more checks and balance on the extra-ordinary powers granted by Singapore’s Internal Security Act (ISA). Mr Ho was formerly detained under the ISA in 1977 when he was working as a journalist for writing articles with a pro-Communist slant. In his lecture on security and sustainability, Mr Ho touched on the …

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The PAP’s “aim number one” 60 years ago

The People’s Action Party (PAP) was formed on 12 November 1954. This year thus marks the party’s 60th anniversary. According to the PAP Facebook page: “Lee [Kuan Yew] formed the socialist People’s Action Party (PAP)… with a group of English-educated middle-class colleagues and pro-communist trade unionists…” The next year, 1955, the PAP nominated five candidates for the Legislative Assembly elections. …

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In Memory of Dr Lim Hock Siew

By Teo Soh Lung / Image from screen-grab of banned video featuring Dr Lim Hock Siew, produced by Martyn See “I am not interested in saving Lee Kuan Yew’s face. This is not a question of pride but one of principle. My detention is completely unjustifiable and I will not lift a single finger to help Lee Kuan Yew to …

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Not forgetting 21 May 1987 and its relevance today

By Teo Soh Lung Today at dawn, 27 years ago, plain clothes policemen climbed over my garden gate and started banging on the glass door. Rudely awakened by the loud noise of glass being hit, I looked out of the window and saw the garden filled with light. There were cars with full headlights turned on. People were milling around. …

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Lim Chin Siong was wrongfully detained

By Dr. Thum Ping Tjin Lim Chin Siong co-founded the People’s Action Party (PAP) in 1954 with Lee Kuan Yew. His intellect, leadership, and legendary oratory skills enabled him to organise the trade union movement and provide the organisational base for the PAP. He effectively championed the cause of the unemployed and the exploited workers of Singapore, and was wildly …

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A renewed call from the past to abolish ISA.

By Terry Xu How would you feel if Workers’ Party Candidate Lee Li Lian was arrested shortly after her victory in the Punggol East By-Election? This was a question posed to the people who attended the 50th anniversary of Operation Coldstore event on Saturday afternoon. Ms Chan Wai Han, emcee of the event asked the crowd this question before calling …

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