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The CIA Adventure 1961

I have just turned 95 and living on borrowed time waiting to be called home by the Lord. There are some misrepresentations about me that I have to resolve before I go. I was a victim of a very grave injustice by the late Lee Kuan Yew when he was prime minister. In his iniquitous way he created a vicious myth about my lack of loyalty and integrity as a civil servant. It is very important that I clear away such myths before my departure.

The CIA adventure in 1961 to recruit me as their intelligence agent is well documented by now. The break up of the operation with the arrest of the three CIA officers involved in the recruitment was world shattering at that time which boomeranged right up to the White House and severely shocked the American President. Lee Kuan Yew portrayed it to group of world newspaper leaders who were interviewing him as a James Bond style adventure with few parallel. He had no compunction in capitalising the incident to such a great extent that it dazzled the American President John Kennedy and his aides with the President almost succumbing to his inordinate blustering although he was a toughie himself. Eventually the Americans were able to recompose themselves to parry off Lee Kuan Yew with their ingenuity.

The late Francis Seow

Francis Seow was a top class formidable Deputy Public Prosecutor whose court performance struck fear on criminals and other like individuals. Lee Kuan Yew saw his talent and used him to good effect to demolish the artificial facades of security risk Chinese merchants who clandestinely financially aided Chinese High School student activists in their violent agitation against the government. Lee was so impressed by his performance that he awarded Seow with a Gold Administration Medal. But then he was also in fear of Francis Seow when he left the service to set up his private practice. His biggest fear was for Francis Seow to win an election to join the opposition in Parliament.

However to make the story short he was livid that I was closely associated with Francis Seow as were many other senior administrative and police officers but why he targeted me was enigmatic. This may have been one of the reasons that he used me to denigrate Francis Seow who was being examined by him in Parliament House in a Committee of Inquiry appointed by him to dislodge Francis from his post of President of the Law Society. How that had crossed his sickly mind was beyond comprehension. But he denounced me by concocting a blatant lie that I had been used by Francis Seow to dismiss five detectives who had been accused of pilfering Francis’ property while investigating a case of house breaking. He said I was dismissed from service as a result of this.This was telecast live to Singapore and the world from Parliament House.

It was a blatant lie because it needed no proof to show that it was a lie. The case was investigated by CPIB helmed by me but the investigation paper after completion of investigation was forwarded to the Deputy Commissioner of Police for him to decide. Of course he studied the paper and decided to dismiss the detectives. After my stint as Head of CPIB, I was appointed by Lee Kuan Yew as Director of ISD. His mind must have been deranged to say that I was dismissed. I was shocked by his denunciation and consulted a lawyer with a view to suing Lee Kuan Yew in court for defamation. But after what the lawyer advised me I had no choice but to desist from taking him to court. The lawyer was not keen to take the case because no Singapore judge had the courage to convict Lee and there was a high cost to pay. Why wasn’t his prodigal son be asked to make a public apology? You think it’s possible to detect any humility in these million-dollar charlatans?

My tenure as Director ISD was tarnished by a plethora of intrigues by Tay Seow Huah who was my permanent secretary superior, who had the ear of Lee Luan Yew to his underhand falsehoods against me. There was a personal grudge between us arising out of a favour he asked of me to advance the position of one of his sidekicks. Anyway my positon, despite strong support from George Bogaars behind me, had gradually become untenable and I had to leave. I was posted to the Singapore Commission in Hongkong for one year and on my return I retired from service on a poverty-level pension.

I started a website later which I named Singapore Recalcitrant to do a public service by updating the public on political issues affecting them from my official experience. Whether we think that we are an egalitarian society the status quo will stay and may not see any improvement without divine intervention.

 

Yoong Siew Wah

* The author was the Director of Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD) from 1971 to 1974. He was Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in the 1960s, and had a distinguished career in the Singapore Special Branch in the 1950s.

 

 

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19 Responses to “The CIA Adventure 1961”

  • Fire:

    SO SAD

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    This Yoong is deranged.

    He is such a small fry and yet tries to portray himself as someone in the league of esteemed JBJ and such who are true big guns who dared to take on pap liar lky.

    If we are careful, the above written by Yoong cannot be true because pap liar lky only dealt with true truth. pap liar dealt with such true truth in the manner seen in the treatment of esteemed JBJ and Tang Liang Hong and such.

    This Yoong is trying to rewrite history, albeit an insignificant one.

    The better history is yet to be rewritten and it can only come from Ms Hazel Mr Leong of PSP, Ms Sylvia Dr Jamus of WP and Dr Chee of SDP. Anyone else, at the moment, unless JBJ or Tang Liang Hong, are just trying to be somebody when they are nobody.

    If this Yoong is truly repentant, he should do his best before he ups the lorry by cementing the coalition between PSP WP SDP. Then, perhaps, his life means something. Otherwise, he is just another lapdog of pap liar lky who was incompetent and was thrown under the bus thereafter by pap liar lky.

    Tech: Director of ISD is small fry? Your paygrade higher than him? lol

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  • All that is born must die.....:

    Francis Seow started his legal career in 1956 in the Singapore Legal Service and became Solicitor-General in 1969 before he entered private practice in 1972. During his legal career, he was known for having both prosecuted and defended murderers such as Sunny Ang, Mimi Wong and Tan Mui Choo. After he was elected president of the Law Society of Singapore in 1986, he had a falling-out with Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew over the Law Society’s role in commenting on “legislation churned out by the government without any meaningful parliamentary debate” (Ahgong’s infamous Pappy party whip).

    In the 1988 general election, Seow contested in Eunos GRC as a candidate of the opposition Workers’ Party against the governing People’s Action Party, but lost with 49.11% of the vote. Before the election, Seow had been detained for 72 days without trial under the Internal Security Act. He was later accused of tax evasion but he left for the United States for health treatment and disregarded numerous court summons to return to Singapore to stand trial and was eventually convicted in absentia. Called a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International in 2007, Seow spoke at events organised by student societies in universities outside Singapore while he was living in exile before he died in the United States in 2016.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pzOLJE2ysNw

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  • Trust only myself:

    Director not small fry………..usually lapdogs are well taken care of when they are still useful……

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  • Stop the PAP Steal:

    I have to say, one thing I do know from my wisdom garnered through reading about LKY via Alex Josey, to name just one, and infer from ‘unwritten reports’, LKY is indeed the greatest ever story teller, much on par with JK Rowling for instance.

    How come he didn’t make it to the NY Times formidable team of best seller authors.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Cf. “…intrigues by Tay Seow Hua…who had the ears of LKY..” Reminds me of this experience with Tay: he organised a TV telecast (of course, taped, not life) where LKY wanted to be queried by some citizens on his then intention to do away with chinese dialects. Participants had to arrive for recording hours before LKY arrived, and had to submit for approval written questions they wanted to ask. They got the approved ones back with numbers stated to tell when would be their turn to ask in the order Tay prearranged. Tay then told them that the real aim was for LKY to explain the policy to Singaporeans (meaning, of course, that they had better not assume it was to be a genuine query about the issue). I doubt LKY would appreciate Tay’s move on that occasion, for he should be intelligent enough to know that if he really wanted the policy explained by that forum, Tay’s censorship would impede by ruling out tough issues. Nevertheless, I asked a what LKY must have thought a tough question, for his answer mainly evaded it. I think he realised that, for after his longish answer, he asked if he had answered me. But what was I to do? The guy with his number telling him it was his turn to ask was next in line, and so I said yes.

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    illiterate pap voters:

    Tech: Director of ISD is small fry? Your paygrade higher than him? lol

    by small fry, it means in comparison to those whom pap liar lky thought had the wherewithal to dethrone him.

    S$ didn’t come into mind when we penned the above. but since you said it, in 1970s, pap liar lky said his pay as pm was S$3,000+.

    so whatever his rank was in ISD, he couldn’t be paid more than pap liar lky.

    the irritation with such ex pap runners is that they have NOT done any good for anyone whether 61% cotton sheep or 39%. and now that pap liar lky is not around to tell the truth, these ex pap runners come out and tell their story which we know ain’t so.

    What do we mean, ain’t so?

    We say they are not white at all then, and now. They just want to paint the picture that they are. But they aren’t.

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  • xoxo:

    Heaven can see all things.
    The evil ones shall be separated from the good and cast into Everlasting fire.
    What does it benefit a man if he gains the whole world but suffer the loss of his own soul?

    Do good and be rewarded.
    Do evil,you meet the Devil.
    No two ways about it.
    You choose.
    We all need to choose.

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  • No kidding:

    xoxo:

    Do good and be rewarded.
    Do evil,you meet the Devil.
    No two ways about it.
    You choose.
    We all need to choose.

    Doesnt always work out that way..
    The Good are always the innocent sufferers..especially in these times.
    Look around and observe..

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  • Ab is Back Again:

    @illiterate PAP voters :

    I noticed in your all-star team, you didn’t mention Pritam Singh. For WP, you mentioned Sylvia and the ever-popular Jamus. Do you feel that Pritam is a hindrance to the opposition? is that the public perception? Do you think it would be better if someone else, say Jamus is made the head of WP? Valuable inputs from the public should certainly be welcomed, and impotantly provided to the WP committee so that appropriate action can be taken to make the opposition more appealing to the public.

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  • Robert:

    Unfortunately, this is a classic situation where someone like Yoong now tries to defend his reputation by sullying a dead person’s reputation. And the dead cannot counter any accusations.

    While I do not wish to pass judgement on Yoong, the question I would ask is “if his reputation was so important to him(Yoong) why didn’t he stand up to counter what LKY had done?”

    Yes, people will say, you can’t win against LKY but do note there have been prisoners of conscience who fought against LKY.

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  • xoxo:

    @no kidding

    Yes,the poor seems to suffer in many ways in this crooked world but life is more than what we humanly experience.

    Unless you believe life ends here,there is KARMA.
    Let the crook$ burn in hell.

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  • xoxo:

    @No Kidding

    Allow me to say,i am not a *YOLO*( You Only Live Once) follower.
    I believe there is life-after,whatever faith practice one observes.

    Cheerio bro!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Another Regime groveller finds he is out of chicken rice and tries to suck up to the people whom he enthusiastically betrayed, tortured and made into slaves, while he kissed the a** of the leeders.

    Too bad Yoong a**hole, no one is falling for your lies. May you and your filthy conspirators rot in hell. $g will remember you are trait*rs, nothing more, nothing less.

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  • Fire:

    Right

    xoxo:
    @no kidding

    Yes,the poor seems to suffer in many ways in this crooked world but life is more than what we humanly experience.

    Unless you believe life ends here,there is KARMA.
    Let the crook$ burn in hell.

    xoxo:
    @No Kidding

    Allow me to say,i am not a *YOLO*( You Only Live Once) follower.
    I believe there is life-after,whatever faith practice one observes.

    Cheerio bro!

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  • illiterate pap voters:

    xoxo:
    Do good and be rewarded.
    Do evil,you meet the Devil.
    No two ways about it.
    You choose.
    We all need to choose.

    No kidding: Doesnt always work out that way..
    The Good are always the innocent sufferers..especially in these times.
    Look around and observe..

    We want to clarify.

    You don’t do bad and meet the devil. You meet the devil and by listening to the devil you do bad.

    You get rewarded when you do good? It depends what we mean by good and what we mean by reward. Because by the maxim of heaven, no one is good, NO, not one is good except God.

    If by reward we mean escape from punishment when we meet pap liar lky at the cul de sac, then, we say, it is a mistaken idea. Because escape from punishment is a gift. You cannot do anything to merit it. It is a free gift which even though one has received it one can still lose it if one listens to the devil and be complicit with the devil.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Why NOW n NOT Than???…The bastard is dead the DAMAGE is beyond repair for those who suffered under an Evil BASTARD

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  • Fire:

    業力的漩渦

    欠來欠去

    愈拔不能

    illiterate pap voters:
    We want to clarify.

    You don’t do bad and meet the devil. You meet the devil and by listening to the devil you do bad.

    You get rewarded when you do good? It depends what we mean by good and what we mean by reward. Because by the maxim of heaven, no one is good, NO, not one is good except God.

    If by reward we mean escape from punishment when we meet pap liar lky at the cul de sac, then, we say, it is a mistaken idea. Because escape from punishment is a gift. You cannot do anything to merit it. It is a free gift which even though one has received it one can still lose it if one listens to the devil and be complicit with the devil.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    “No Singapore Judge has the courage to CONvict Lee” unqoute..

    This prove without a shadow of Doubt ee have had n still HAVE a Compliant KANGAROO court…The bastard who Lie n Con gets away with murdet

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