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Remembering Singapore, 53 years ago

Singapore held its legislative elections on the 21 Sep 1963, shortly after merger with Malaysia. PAP won 37 out of 51 seats with the remaining 14 going to the opposition; 13 went to Barisan Sosialis and the remaining seat went to the United People’s Party.

One such person to remember was Miss Loh Miaw Gong. She was first arrested as a student activist in 1956 are detained for the subsequent 3 years. Then, the late LKY acted as her lawyer who argued that the charges against here were “baseless”.

Upon release, she contested in the 1963 elections and she beat her opponents to become an elected lawmaker but never succeeded in representing her constituents as she was detained for the next 6 years without trial.

In her words, this was from hypocrisy of her former lawyer who had arrested her on similar grounds to those he had argued against earlier.

Using the communist insurgency as reason, the dark year saw the arrests of some of the longest prisoners of conscience not only in Singapore but also in the World. Chia Thye Poh was the longest-held political prisoner in the World, who spent 23 years in prison without charge before spending another 9 years under house arrest.

He was subsequently nominated for the Nobel peace price.

Another Dr Lim Hock Siew saw close to 20 in jail without trial and stood firm in his beliefs even though he was offered a release 11 years earlier if he was willing to sign a statement promising not to partake in politics. Upon his release, he showed that he still cared for Singaporeans by offering free medical care to the poor at his clinic.

Overall, 5 out of the 13 Barisan Sosialis members who were elected as MPs were arrested under the ISA. One historian said that it “would not be wrong to say that the arrests of the leaders of the opposition and trade unions in 1963 ensured monopoly of power for the PAP till today – Almost every year after 1963, there were arrests.”

Surely, as one looks at the success of Singapore’s skyline today, it may also be right to reflect on its political past 53 years ago.

Kheng-Liang Tan

*The author is part of the editorial team @ TRE but the views given are made in his own capacity.

 

 

 

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12 Responses to “Remembering Singapore, 53 years ago”

  • Chia Thye Poh:

    This is a message from this man.

    Under the PAP rule, there is no genuine parliamentary democracy. In essence, it has been practicing a one-party rule. It seems to want to remain as the sole, dominant party, with other smaller parties acting as marginal opposition and ‘sparring partners’ for new PAP MPs. The opposition parties will never be allowed to grow strong… There is always the danger of one-party rule slipping into one-man rule, and worse still, into dynastic rule. The PAP… seems elitist and arrogant, regard themselves as the best and the most suitable to rule Singapore. And they rule with iron-handed policies.

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  • All In The Familee:

    The only way to break the PAP strangled hold is to just vote for any oppositions. This calls for great wisdom and courage, but given that majority of the citizens are wimpy and dafts, the people will forever be enslaved by the regime

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  • rukidding:

    Always remember this !…….

    You have been “labelled” as Daft , spurs not sharp…commit more crimes …choosy and kpkb kings and queens !

    What makes you think that “your talent” is appreciated ?

    Don’t forget…Cheaper is better and faster…and Foreigners with “no real talents”….are considered as “talents” and given PRships and New sillyzeanships like no body’s business and more like toilet papers.

    You should be afraid,…very afraid …because , one day…your voice and voting numbers will be “drowned off” by all these ” implanted supporters” !

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  • Sharon Ann Gabriel:

    The PAP has an inglorious history. It is a political party with leaders who were treacherous and betrayed its own comrades to achieve power and continued to remain in power today by resorting to all kinds of unscrupulous strategies against its opponents. Posterity will never forget nor forgive this regime for its tyrannical abuses. The present leaders continued to exude the same traits as its founding fathers: lacking a conscience.

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  • Coward in Changi Bunglow:

    LKY is a political coward, jailing opponents, hiding in Changi Bunglow after separation with Malayisa.

    Goh Keng Swee is the true father of modern Singapore. He handled all the most difficult problems we faced.

    LKY is the architect of PAP monopoly, you die your business, what’s wrong with collecting more money, stop at 2, state controlled mainstream media.

    I believe Singapore will be a much better place now, if we had all the old guards except LKY. Their children are all not interested to join politics except pinky.

    Sharon Ann Gabriel:
    The PAP has an inglorious history. It is a political party with leaders who were treacherous and betrayed its own comrades to achieve power and continued to remain in power today by resorting to all kinds of unscrupulous strategies against its opponents. Posterity will never forget nor forgive this regime for its tyrannical abuses. The present leaders continued to exude the same traits as its founding fathers: lacking a conscience.

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  • Ho Lee Seet:

    Ask lky la, how is he doing in wherever he is now. Did he leave this world with his riches? Did he manage to bring along his political power? Is he as rich now? Is he also as powerful as before?

    Why must people be so crazy for riches and power? If you’re capable, then by all means use your abilities to win it clean. Why so desperate for power until the need to play dirty and hurt others? When you harmed someone, it’s not just one person who suffered. His/her family and loved ones would be hurt too.

    You reap what you sow. Retribution, if it did not happen on you, will be on the people dear and close to you sooner or later.

    What’s the use of so much riches and power when they’re not going to follow you or anyone into the coffin?

    Repent or regret, you evil fellas!

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    Lest we forget. Thank you, Mr Tan. Dr Lim Hock Siew in his latest book did labelled the Late LKY and then still alive S R Nathan with some very unsavory words.

    I guess, ” revisionist ” historian like Dr Thum’s research using declassified British papers had turned up enough evidence of the PAP conspiracy. Ommp! Did I used the infamous word ” Conspiracy “, as in ” The Marxist Conspiracy ” of later years?

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  • LIONS:

    its strange that the SG ELITEISTS,THE PAP GAHMEN,keep hunting down good sgs who honestly deny that they are commies but ,at the same time, DEMAND THAT common SGS MUST INTEGRATE with TRUE RED COMMIES who are so proud to PROCLAIM THIER COMMUNIST AFFLIATION OPENLY AND PROUDLY – GO ASK ANY PRC PMEs working here.IF THEY ARE COMMUNIST PARTY MEMBERS,THEY WILL PROUDLY TELL YOU SO!

    AFTER 50 YEARS,the PAP is still using FALSE ALLEGSTIONS to PIN DOWN those sgs who WANT TO SERVE THE NATION,IS THIS RIGHT?

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  • RDB:

    A. Dear @Sharon Ann Gabriel: October 18, 2016 at 11:06 pm (Quote)

    The PAP has an inglorious history. It is a political party with leaders who were treacherous and betrayed its own comrades to achieve power and continued to remain in power today by resorting to all kinds of unscrupulous strategies against its opponents. Posterity will never forget nor forgive this regime for its tyrannical abuses. The present leaders continued to exude the same traits as its founding fathers: lacking a conscience.
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    1. With due respect to you and all who believe you’ve not this instant made an error of judgement. That all of the other ministers in the Old Guards under PM1 Lee KY are also “founding fathers” too.

    2. To set the record straight, Dr. Toh Chin Chye was the true founder of PAP. And because neither he nor Dr. Goh Keng Swee etc party members were as charismatic as Lee KY, they agree for him lead in PAP. They were all more interested to each do their part in ministry/ministries they felt they can best contribute for all Singaporeans. And proof of all is that they did not let that Lee Kar Yew free opinion & rein.

    3. Thus, to even name Lee Kar Yew as Singapore’s “founding father” by his son LHL he made PM3 is worst than a misnomer. Indeed Dr. Goh Keng Swee who was DPM & helmed the key Education, Finance & Banking, Defence, Trade & Industry etc Ministry portfolios. Lee KY’s eulogy for Dr, Goh Keng Swee was full of praise for him. But that Megalomaniac just must end it with, “And I GACE him ALL THE TOUGHEST JOBS”! SEE How extreme Lee Kar Yew MEGALOMANIA was! Even his son LHL didn’t spare KJ in his eulogy damning of KJ’s dad JBJ! Runs in the FarmMeLee doesn’t it! On Judgement Day won’t they try to even to argue with their Maker in the face to justify their evil actions. Even as men are heard by their words BUT ARE KNOWN BY THEIR ACTIONS!

    B. Coward in Changi Bungalow: October 19, 2016 at 1:26 am (Quote) summarized it perfectly right about Lee Kar Yew. I only added their evil “juicy” bits they can’t refrain from to the very end even to REAL GODLY MEN they have DAMNED! Lee Kar Yew said he doesn’t know if a God exists & so he wasn’t saying there is one! His Lee hSien LOOng said he is not religious. And Lee Wei Ling said of brother LHL as a d**honourable son. WAS LHL dishonourable in his eulogy to KJ not adding insult to injury to JBJ’s grieving son KJ for his pa still in his coffin. Judgement belongs God. Pray not for salvation of such evil men!

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  • TheGreateagle:

    Have to return and comment on a Mother Farker now DEAD & thank God for that…there is NON so EVIL and there NEVER will BE…and HELL if there is one is TOO GOOD for a Deceitful Bastard who will do Everything to Benefit himself and his Farking FamiLee & Cronies…

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  • Never a PAP voter:

    Bernie Sanders whom was more Socialist in nature, did not make it against Hillary Clinton who supports banks and large corporation. From the beginning years, LKY already refuse socialism to survive here. And this idea remains till now. Even CPF is not a socialist cause, but supposed to be your own savings, even if its your own savings, they don’t want to give you back. So it’s not even socialism but extreme opression with an iron rule of hand, stepping on the citizens neck. Our University don’t and won’t teach students all of the dirty ways the PAP function to control and brainwashed the nation. That’s why our managerial brains cannot raise up the people and workers to higher levels of success. Only through greater freedom and empowerment can the population open up to new ideas and solutions. Now we see the fruits of 50 years of oppression. Economy growth through over population, over crowding, higher demand over limited resources.

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  • DOOM:

    TRAITORS

    KEPT THE PAP

    “STRONG”

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