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6/06/2012

Dr Lim Hock Siew, on the wrong side of history


A man of principle, detained without trial under the ISA for leftist political belief, passed away on 4 June 12 at the age of 82. He could have walked out of prison earlier if he just said he would denounce the use of force to overthrow the govt. He refused on the ground that his detention was unjustified and chose to stand by his principle. He said,

"I am not interested in saving Lee Kuan Yew’s face. This is not a question of pride but of principle. My detention is completely unjustifiable and I will not lift a single finger to help Lee Kuan Yew to justify the unjustifiable. In the light of what you say, is it not very clear that I have lost my freedom all these long and bitter years just to save Lee Kuan Yew’s face? Therefore the PAP regime’s allegation that I am a security risk is a sham cover and a facade to detain me unjustifiably for over nine years."

Dr Lim was also a founding member of the PAP but broke away to join another party, the Barisan Socialist.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

With Chinese Communist Party leaders now calling the PAP leaders their dear brothers,it is sad that Dr Lim Hock Siew spent his whole life in vain.
RIP,Dr Lim.

The said...

"on the wrong wide of history" - because history is written by the victors...

Matilah_Singapura said...

Aiyah, sour grapes lah.

All is fair in love, war and politics!

Anonymous said...

Referring to "With Chinese Communist Party----whole life in vain."

This is a stupid disconnected comment. Dr Lim Hock Siew's fight was for social justice in Singapore. It had nothing to do with external politics . However the thug leader of the day manipulated power and labelled all opposition political leaders who were either equal or more than equal to his calibre in stature as communist so as to conveniently used it as a deadly tool to put them away so that he could assume total complete power. This thug is now the most detestable person in society.

Dr Lim Hock Siew's death is not in vain. It gives hope to Singaporeans and will galvanize the people to be as tenacious as him in fighting fearlessly for justice and principle. Undoubtedly the Workers' Party is carrying the flag, spirit and unfinished battle of Dr Lim Hock Siew.

Eagles eye

Anonymous said...

It is written...he sure lose. So lose lor lol

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

After a regime change, the new history books will be kinder to these pioneer political leaders.

Anonymous said...

Can they afford to be cruel in this day and age?

Kindness is relative.

And story is story, it can be framed

Anonymous said...

He was "ISAed" when I was a young man. Even up to today I don't know why he was "in prison" for.

Dr Lim Hock Siew is not a enemy of Singapore as far as I know but I think he was a danger to LKY and PAP, being a exPAP and also founder member.

Perhaps is high time PM LHL should come clean on the ISA and restore some of LKY diminishing legacy or forever being accused for the wrong doing.

Anonymous said...

Gates of hell opening for ah gong ... Pop corn , check ; sofa , check ; let the drum roll ... Niak Niak Niak .

Got public holiday ?

Anonymous said...

Regime change? Or the ISA will be used again - Operation Coldstore2?

Saycheese