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In memory of Dr Lim Hock Siew

Late Dr Lim Hock Siew

June 4th marks the 10th anniversary of the demise of Dr Lim Hock Siew, a victim of Operation Coldstore on 2nd February 1963.

Dr Lim Hock Siew knew that he was a target of arrest but he and his friends did not leave Singapore. He waited for the security police, their dogs and gurkhas to arrest him that dawn. He did not possess any weapon. All he had was his courage, expansive intellect and ability to write and speak as eloquently as Lee Kuan Yew. As a political rival and a true socialist, he could not be left free by Lee, the fake socialist. Lee had in his early years spoken loudly about socialism and fighting for the oppressed.

Dr Lim Hock Siew always viewed his arrest as political. He philosophically rationalised that in other countries, he may have been assassinated by his rivals. But he never thought that he would be imprisoned for more than eight years. Back then, he had in mind the Malayan journalist and nationalist, Ahmad Boestamam who was arrested and imprisoned by the British under the Emergency Regulations in 1948 and released after seven years.

Dr Lim Hock Siew’s refusal to oblige Lee Kuan Yew with a “face saving statement” and his strong statement issued in 1972 through his lawyer, TT Rajah and released by his wife, Dr Beatrice Chen (Read The Fajar Generation, The University Socialist Club and the Politics of Postwar Malaya and Singapore) led to his continued incarceration by the cruel Lee Kuan Yew and his gang for a staggering 20 years.

Dr Lim Hock Siew told a gathering organised by Function 8 in 2011 that in prison, his plans were by the decades. If a prisoner thinks of release, he will not survive.

The sacrifices of those who were arrested and imprisoned under Operation Coldstore are enormous. Singaporeans should never forget the contributions of Dr Lim Hock Siew and his compatriots, Said Zahari, Ho Piow, Lee Tse Tong, Dr Poh Soo Kai and many others. They gave up their young families and successful professional careers for us. Their imprisonment without trial is a great loss to Singapore.

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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12 Responses to “In memory of Dr Lim Hock Siew”

  • xoxo:

    RIP,brother n be set free.

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  • Harder Truths:

    You are a hero sir, have no doubt.
    RIP and God bless you – you have earned your rest.

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  • Rip:

    RIP.
    To me, we need to give you a chance for better life.
    Instead PAP give Puthucheary, ex Malaysian who took full advantages of his Father. Run away from National Service, never a day study in Singapore
    but NOW ACCUSE Singaporeans of BEING RACIST.
    PAP Must be out. Puthucheary MUST be BOOTED.
    We cannot allow such BLACK WHITE Say Indian to be in Parliament.!!

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  • Either it is or its not:

    Then and now…PAP’s practising its “own brand of democracy”???

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  • MarBowling:

    Our Beloved Dr Lim Hock Siew is now in Heaven while the other Self-Proclaimed Fearless One who always carried the Knuckle-Duster and Hatchet is NOW PERPETUALLY BURNING IN HELL 24/7/365 REPENTING AND REGRETTING WAITING ANXIOUSLY FOR HIS DSON TO JOIN HIM TO KEEP HIM COMPANY!

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  • Cancel the PAP:

    Who can say that there are no Putins in SG deserves to have his head examined at SG’s Institute of Mental Health or better still CDC or a RELEVANT mental institution in America

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  • Die liao Singapore:

    Come to think of it, Lee did not dare to take Lim on, but used vicious means. Which until today, the PAP used one sided laws to fix opposition – COWARDS!

    Next,can anyone not say, the PAP No Blame Culture is a smart pretext, a sorts of LEGAL COVER UP for their corruption, especially ‘honest mistakes’?

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  • mrWie:

    OP Coldstorage proves G’s determination to do anything, by all means and at all cost to retain the power.

    Certainly they have been ignoring THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN?

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  • 1 man’s GREED:

    It’s GREED that pushes Dr Lim out of a job, incarcerated, victimized, imprisoned, put out in the wild,

    Despised, ignored to lead a grim life in prison!

    Such is the WANTON GREED of 1 man!

    Sinkieland would have prospered in a more graceful way NATURALLY.

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  • I fail ownself check ownself:

    What does it profit a man and his cult that he should gain Dominion over the whole world only to condemn their souls in eternity?

    https://youtu.be/8116UCS0O6I

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    A man of Integrity…Guts & Principle…to mention name like Lie Con You a coward,trait** & back stabbing bastard…is an Insult…A bastard, coward & trait** is moreappropiate

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  • Sad:

    But truth and justice will prevail in the end.
    Time will tell.

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