Dr Tan Cheng Bock has been getting a lot of criticism from netizens on his support of the government’s use of the Internal Security Act in 1987 against the so-called “Marxist conspirators”. Example
Let’s remember that Dr Tan grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. Many people then agreed (and they still do) with the colonial, and then the PAP government view that detention without trial under the ISA was necessary to fight the communists and other enemies of the state. And let’s member that the 50s and 60s were turbulent times.
One should bear that in mind when judging Dr Tan’s actions in 1987.
And anyway, When asked whether he still feels the ‘Marxist conspirators’ are guilty, Dr Tan says with a tone of sincerity, “I really feel they are innocent. They are all social workers and they meant well but unfortunately…(trails off)”
He adds, “I saw the ex-detainees and I really do feel for them. But at that time I believed the information that was given to me.”
Can’t ask for more, methinks.
Update on 25 June 2011 — corrected misspelling of Dr Tan’s name. Careless of me.