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

In Uncategorized on 04/04/2018 at 10:19 am

Yesterday, 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 remember 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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  1. thum and kirsten interviewed various detainees too; both sides cherry pick

    why does thum have so much time roaming here? isnt he working for oxford?

  2. Too simplistic to say communist or non-communist. Many were communistic, but many were also not. Many of the grassroots trade unions were simply china-philes. If Mao had adopted full-on in-your-face you-die-your-biz capitalism, they would also be more capitalist than Gorden Gekko.

    They posed a big problem to Old Fart coz they were dead set against joining M’sia. They die-die wanted S’pore to remain separate on its own. Tunku also wanted them out before he could agree to Old Fart joining the Federation.

    So why say communist plot? Becoz it was damn convenient & fit directly into Cold War geopolitics at that time. UK was too bankrupt & too weak to continue holding on to its empire. It was too tired after fighting & politicking against the Commies for 12 yrs in Malaya. It wanted S’pore to merge with M’sia and to leave Malaya with no possible instance of communism surviving.

    To many people then, an independent S’pore with majority-Chinese & socialist tendencies would be a straight recipe for communism mess ala South Vietnam. The Federation constitution drafted with UK approval made it very clear why it favoured bumis & left out or discriminated against other races — communism was seen as purely a Chinese problem.

    Old Fart simply took advantage of the opportunities to get rid of main rivals, consolidate his powers (actually he already did after UK arrested many PAP socialists in 1956-7; Old Fart released them in 1959), and open the way to merger with M’sia.

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