In the Public Interest

(L-R) Lim Chin Siong, Fong Swee Suan, S. Woodhull

On 2 February 1963, 113 people—anti-colonial activists, trade unionists, students, and politicians—were arrested in the security operation code-named Coldstore and detained without trial in Singapore. The British operation, carried out with the urging of Lee Kuan Yew, aimed ostensibly at crippling the Communist movement, but was actually directed at defeating the left-wing Barisan Sosialis party, led by Lim Chin Siong (pictured above), that was formed after breaking away from Lee’s People’s Action Party. The latter story has since been erased by the PAP narrative of successful national development after the defeat of Communism.

There are eerie echoes of Singapore’s past in Trump’s attempt to bribe the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden. In both instances, a national leader calls on a “foreign” power—the Ukrainians in the case of the U.S., the British in the case of Singapore—to bring down an electoral opponent. Both instances smacked of opportunism, which is, in fact, the other face of the PAP’s vaunted philosophy of pragmatism.

In acquitting Trump yesterday, the Republican-led Senate has failed in its constitutional duty to carry out a fair and unbiased impeachment trial. Singapore’s example suggests that, unless the Republicans are held responsible for their failure and their infamy remembered in speeches and books, Trump’s misdeed will be consigned to a historical footnote. It is chilling that Trump’s defense at his impeachment trial was that his election was in the public interest. Singaporeans have heard that line of argument again and again from their own government.

On the 57th anniversary of Operation Coldstore, 2/2/2020, let us hear again the voices of the former political detainees, many of whom are now in their 80′s. New Naratif contextualizes the interviews with the relevant British archival materials and its own commentary. These voices are not historical footnotes; rather, they are at the heart of the Singapore political experiment.

 

Jee Leong Koh
February 6, 2020

 

 

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7 Responses to “In the Public Interest”

  • tan kin llian the blinkingfool:

    as soon as pap is toppled, we are going to publish the true version of Singapore.

    we are saving up for it, the publication of the revised history of Singapore. what is cheaping up on lunch everyday in order for true history to be left behind after we are long gone.

    the very first page of our revised history of Singapore shall list all the books by pap master liar lky, listing them as fake news.

    centuries down the line, when some then historian reads our revised history of Singapore, they shall know the extent then pap government has taken to fane news the true history of Singapore.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Alarmak coming to Singapore for Business Meeting can kena Virus, how come arh?

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  • Truth:

    Jee,you are BADLY mistaken.Trumph was NOT bribing the Ukr gov. He was impeached becos the Democrats are trying to smear him. Previously the Obama DOJ & FBI came up with a Russian collusion hoax but it failed to bring Trump down as there was 0 evidence. Now they are pulling another smear on Trump. They were investigating DJ as a man & not crimes which is illegal.By the way, there is much evidence against Joe Biden & he is NOT innocent

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Joe, do you keep track with the Trump impeachment case or you just read Fake News report???…

    USA & Singapore is a NO CONTEST!!!…

    USA is the land of the FREE where everything and anything goes…here??? a man carries a placard and will be cuffed and brought to the Kangaroo Court

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  • Proud of PAP Singapore:

    Dear readers,
    If you notice, opposition supporters are mainly made up of 2 group of people.

    Group 1.
    The Ang Mo Tua Kee (AMTK) type who think ang mo is all angels.
    Something like speak English is angel (high class) and speak mandaring is evil (low class)

    Group 2.
    The lazy and unmotivated type who have unrealistic expectation such as high salary with little work or no work at all.

    For those that are not in these 2 groups, be assured that PAP is the best and many countries and seeking to learn from PAP Singapore.

    1. Taiwan to learn from SG.
    【東森特別報導】世界小紅點 閃耀新加坡
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHg34HrrXMo

    2. Hong Kong to learn from SG.
    【好片重溫】新航罷工癱瘓機場 李光耀霸氣處理
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wb01y6JMus

    pap.guaranteed.win.ge2020
    PAP Huat Huat Huat ah ….
    Singaporeans will continue to vote PAP for 9% GST increase.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.FLOP.GE2019/20:

    You’re a moron. Why do oppo supporters have to fall into these 2 groups? So PAP supporters don’t want high pay for little work? No work still get high pay somemore! PAP supporters don’t think ang mo tua kee? The fact that Spore is full of Ang Mo companies – so go eat your own words.

    Proud of PAP Singapore:
    Dear readers,
    If you notice, opposition supporters are mainly made up of 2 group of people.

    Group 1.
    The Ang Mo Tua Kee (AMTK) type who think ang mo is all angels.
    Something like speak English is angel (high class) and speak mandaring is evil (low class)

    Group 2.
    The lazy and unmotivated type who have unrealistic expectation such as high salary with little work or no work at all.

    For those that are not in these 2 groups, be assured that PAP is the best and many countries and seeking to learn from PAP Singapore.

    1. Taiwan to learn from SG.
    【東森特別報導】世界小紅點 閃耀新加坡
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHg34HrrXMo

    2. Hong Kong to learn from SG.
    【好片重溫】新航罷工癱瘓機場 李光耀霸氣處理
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wb01y6JMus

    pap.guaranteed.win.ge2020
    PAP Huat Huat Huat ah ….
    Singaporeans will continue to vote PAP for 9% GST increase.

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  • Flawed logic of Architect:

    An architect is Not a Doctor!

    ITS NOT IN PUBLIC INTEREST to have 1
    10million population or anywhere near that size!

    So I just want to EDUCATE singkees this population white paper of public interest .

    Singkees learn by spoon-feeding.
    If not told, they dunno. They cannot figure it out as they lack independent thinking.

    The SARS and Corona Virus already tell you what is Communicable disease.

    There is no limit how many such virus will be produced in future .

    SG already one of the most DENSE population per sq foot. It’s already proven one of the most easily infected city in the world.

    I raised many times my suspicion that there are much more Latent TB infected people in SG than is known. The company I worked in had a TB case and after mandatory screening, it was found many have it. The company employs mainly if not many foreigners.

    Architects are not Doctors nor communicable diseases experts!!!!!!

    Tell the architect who sized for 10million he is not a doctor. He is totally unqualified as a medical doctor.

    A 10million population is a recipe for Mass Disaster. A foolish idea.

    I believe I have educated the architects of Singapore.

    Do not show your flawed design.
    Do not shame yourselves.
    Kiang Dio Hoh, MAI Gay Kiang !!

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