20 Aug '11, 6am

Why 1987 ISA detentions still relevant to 2011 presidential elections

The Online Citizen (TOC) chose as its teaser a four-and-a-half minute segment that contained sparks flying between Tony Tan and Tan Jee Say. It was from the forum TOC organised on Thursday night (18 May 2011) involving all four presidential candidates. At first sight, some Singaporeans may ask what this history has got to do with the future. How is this relevant to the choice one has to make on Polling Day, 27 August 2011? I will argue here that it is relevant and explain why. The question was posed by Clara Feng representing Maruah , a human rights group. She asked, “Based on all the evidence today, do you think that the detention of the so-called Marxist conspirators in 1987 was justified?” The evidence that she was referring to include the writings, speeches and memoirs that detainees have produced in recent years. They strongly contest the accusations made by the gover...

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