FT jnr minister disagrees that “Pa” was a justly detained commie?

When I ended Coldstore: Why Harry’s narrative or the highway promising to explain why I thought an FT jnr minister

disagrees with the the official narrative of  “Bunch of commie subversives who had to be locked up because they wanted to make S’pore Great for Communism” when it comes to his Pa ans uncle.

Here’s my reasoning.

In his parly maiden speech,

Dr Janil Puthucheary said while he felt it inappropriate to detain a citizen without trial, he is convinced by the hard logic that the safety and security of Singapore must be paramount. That’s because there are threats that Singapore faces and which must be dealt with swiftly and decisively.

But he wants to know what safeguards are in place to prevent the ISA from being abused.

Dr Janil said: “I believe I share this view with many Singaporeans; we understand the need to ensure our security despite our misgivings, we recognise the cold hard facts despite the uncomfortable feeling they generate. However, we lack confidence and assurance that the extraordinary power of a State to detain its own citizens without trial will not be abused.

“The process of the safeguards around the ISA needs to be discussed in a more transparent manner, even as the facts associated with a given detainee need to be kept secret. We need to know that the review process works and operates independently of Cabinet. We need to see that the President exercises his authority on this issue.”

Dr Janil asked if the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be introducing further measures to enhance these safeguards and to what extent can the decisions of Cabinet be challenged.

CNA

Did he by saying

— “we lack confidence and assurance that the extraordinary power of a State to detain its own citizens without trial will not be abused”

— “The process of the safeguards around the ISA needs to be discussed in a more transparent manner”

imply that the use of ISA against his Pa and his uncle were an abuse of power? And that they were innocent of the allegations made against them.

To me, it sounds reasonable to say it sounded like he was trying to imply that

— the use of ISA against his Pa and his uncle were an abuse of power, and

— they were innocent of the allegations made against them.

Anyone knows whether in in the public records* there is anything about what jnr minister’s Pa and uncle (also detained in Coldstore) tot about their detentions. I can’t find anything where they KPKBed about being wrongly detained*. They were released and sent  back to M’sia. And they became distinguished (and filthy rich) lawyers there.

Related post: Were the Coldstore detainees communists, progressives or leftists?


*I can’t remembere if they were interviewed in Men in White: don’t have a copy at hand. Should get it as reference book because

The Straits Times backed by four researchers conducted some 300 interviews in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China.

 

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15 Responses to “FT jnr minister disagrees that “Pa” was a justly detained commie?”

  • patriot of Temesak:

    As I see it coming from that generation…James & Dominic were MORE Malayan/Malaysian than Singaporean..they Flirted with the Left as that was the period when Nationalism and Patriotism were common among that Generation often mistaken as Communism…Malaya was then INDEPENDENT and Singapore was still a Colony…Their Ideals were DESTROYED by an evil Bastard who will stop at NOTHING even BackStabbing Comrades & Friends to Gain Power & of course eventually BILLIONS…James turns down an offer to stand as a PAP candidate when asked as he wishes to remain a Malayan/Malaysian…A True Patriot and Nationalist unlike many arsehole self-interest players of that time & NOW…

    The brothers were detained for only a short period with James suffering the loneliness of solitary confinement where a STRONG man will increase their GRIT in Life and be successful on their own MERIT not through Power & ABUSE of Power like a Bastard worshipped as a God when he is the Devil in the Flesh!!!

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  • Just answer: YES or NO:

    Let me ask Dr Puthucheary AGAIN:

    Was the organization your father and uncle were involved in planning to overthrow the Government? YES or NO

    Was your father (and uncle) a communist? YES or NO

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  • No NS Pui pui:

    “Dr Janil Puthucheary said while he felt it inappropriate to detain a citizen without trial, he is convinced by the hard logic that the safety and security of Singapore must be paramount.”
    So he thought sinkies have forgotten who was the mudlander that waited until past NS-eligibilty age of 40 before becoming a citizen!
    Action always,always speaks louder than words.
    Puthy—go do your pretend pretend masak masak 2 weeks of volunteer NS to fool the 70%.

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  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    By refusing to condemn LKY for using the ISA to imprison his father and uncle, JP has proved that he is a useless SOB. He must fight for the abolition of the ISA and clear his father’s and uncle’s names. Working for his father’s enemy is a clear indication that JP has no principles nor filial piety. He cannot be trusted as an MP as he puts his own interests before first. He has betrayed his father. He will betray the people too.

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  • WTF:

    Titiana Ann Xavier:
    By refusing to condemn LKY for using the ISA to imprison his father and uncle, JP has proved that he is a useless SOB. He must fight for the abolition of the ISA and clear his father’s and uncle’s names. Working for his father’s enemy is a clear indication that JP has no principles nor filial piety. He cannot be trusted as an MP as he puts his own interests before first. He has betrayed his father. He will betray the people too.

    Another d**honourable son who sucks up to his boss of the same kind!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Titiana Ann Xavier:
    By refusing to condemn LKY for using the ISA to imprison his father and uncle, JP has proved that he is a useless SOB. He must fight for the abolition of the ISA and clear his father’s and uncle’s names. Working for his father’s enemy is a clear indication that JP has no principles nor filial piety. He cannot be trusted as an MP as he puts his own interests before first. He has betrayed his father. He will betray the people too.

    Puthucheary is more of Malaysian than Singaporean. He is here to screw Singaporeans to avenge for what Singaporeans done to his father and uncle. The best way to do it was to join the PAP.

    He only betray Singaporeans not Malaysians nor his father and uncle.

    Is it clear now? And Singaporeans stupidly voted him in.

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  • Bystander:

    Putocherry is taking a leaf from his political master PM Lee.
    For the sake of political survival and the moneys, even can betray the father, so what? See, even LKY and former President Nathan worked for the enemy in WW2, so Puthu has learnt the words – betrayal, no filial piety, and no principles, very well at heart.

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  • LIONS:

    Puthucheary is another cherry-picked doggie;he must obey his master or get punished.

    LTY proved to be a better breed.
    No,he decided he wants to revert back to being a LION?

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Just answer: YES or NO:
    Let me ask Dr Puthucheary AGAIN:

    Was the organization your father and uncle were involved in planning to overthrow the Government? YES or NO

    Was your father (and uncle) a communist? YES or NO

    Not in support of JP, understandably he heard and learn a LOT from his father & uncle about politics in Singapore…weighing the OPTION he seeks a future in Singapore instead of KL his hometown, as an Indian, there are limitations for his Talents so why NOT ply it in Singapore…where credit is due he deserves it.
    As an FT performing good work @ KK he was invited for tea for his dedication to being a Politician sama2 Bala & Thaman…How he will perform will be watched & judged as time goes by…A Dog barking and attacking on COMMAND like the Sham or speak their minds independently of the Circus being performed frequently in Parliament…The Last Command Performance of 38 Oxley that takes the Cake and Oscar

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  • Haigen-diaz:

    If you don’t care about checking your facts, rely on tendentiously-phrased partial truths, you are clearly trying to sway people by hoodwinking them. …I find yours an odd piece. Self-deceivers and rationalizers are masterful at spinning good arguments to essentially buttress ‘conclusions’. A kind-hearted child can wrongly appear less moral than an intelligent scamp, or words to that effect.

    https://newnaratif.com/journalism/remembering-coldstore-singapores-former-detainees-speak/

    Anyone knows whether in in the public records* there is anything about what jnr minister’s Pa and uncle (also detained in Coldstore) tot about their detentions. I can’t find anything where they KPKBed about being wrongly detained*. They were released and sent back to M’sia. And they became distinguished (and filthy rich) lawyers there.

    Cynical Investor

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  • HarderTruths:

    The 70% want ISA.
    How to stop?

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  • The Rot Started From The Top:

    If a person can sell his father’s love for his own gain, we don’t expect him to be of a good statesman to serve the country loyally. It’s no surprise, someday he may even betray this country if an enemy country should invade us. LKY worked for the Japs to save his own neck.

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  • Lee Bow Tan Malboro:

    But earlier has been bought. His soul is sold to the devil for millions of dollars.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Looks as if PAP Is under Foreign influence

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  • Father Communist:

    His father n uncle were communists, that’s what he says.
    Period!

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