Thank you, Soh Lung

June 29, 2010

When I heard that Teo Soh Lung was going to launch her book, I was so very glad. So glad that one of the 1987 ISA detainees have broken the silence. So glad that the PAP Government’s lies and accusations have been challenged and made public. So glad that Singaporeans and others now have access to the actual events of the so-called 1987 Marxist Conspiracy.

Soh Lung launched her book just this weekend. Beyond The Blue Gate is her memoirs of the horrific experience she was made to go through. Detention without trial, isolation and mental and physical torture The event was attended by ex-detainees, civil society actors, political figures, the young and the old. Every seat in the room was taken. Messages of congratulations by Francis Seow Kevin de Souza, Tang Fong Har amongst others, were read out. They were all encouraging and heart-warming.

The real tragedy in these ISA arrests lies in the fact that officers, civil servants, journalists, TV presenters had sold their souls to Lee Kuan Yew and his sycophants. They had allowed themselves to be used by the PAP to further the party’s own interest and stranglehold on power.

Nothing seems to have changed today. Public servants and institutions in Singapore still exist to serve the government, not the people. Singaporeans do not seem to realise that this should not and never be the case. The PAP Government is answerable and accountable to Singaporeans, not the other way round. The government is to work for the people, not the other way round. State leaders are supposed to help the people prosper, not the other way round.

But I digress.

I hope other ISA detainees like Lim Hock Siew, Michael Fernandez, Wong Souk Yee, Vincent Cheng and the others will also go public about their experiences during those years of incarceration or join the democrats in our pursuit for justice, transparency, equality, compassion and inclusiveness. If we all rise together, even the PAP cannot put us down.

Soh Lung, congratulations on this very courageous act. Your tenacity and steadfastness has been a personal inspiration to me.

Also read: Salute to Soh Lung


One Response to “Thank you, Soh Lung”

  1. Sheila Veeraian Says:

    Hi Ms chee this is sheila the one who worked in ARDA! would like to chat up with you! Can i have your mobile number!

    Thank you

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