It was too precious; it was too strategic a location for it to fall into the wrong hands. The British had minuted how this charge was formulated: Lee had in mind a statement calling for the crushing of the revolt pointing out that organisation, training and arms could not have been provided within the Borneo territories and drawing the conclusion that there must have been foreign intervention. The debate lasted until the pre-dawn hours of July 21. The only choice was to be stubborn for men of their stature. National University of Singapore historian Albert Lau said the majority of Chinese speakers were on the fence then. Officials say the book's reprint and launch were planned much earlier. There was also the need to focus on making a living.
By 1955 he knew that I knew this. The momentum grew with Tan Jing Quee and Michael Fernandez speaking about their imprisonment at an arts forum on Detention-Healing- Writing in 2006. The E-mail message field is required. Perhaps this can only be explianed by a psychological aseessment of the leader. Till today, Koreans, Chinese and Taiwanese are all teaching their children the common sufferings and shared pains brought on by the Japanese.
See, if the aim is to educate and remind our shared difficult past, there is another episode round about the same time that saw a more violence, more bloodshed, more Singapore lives lost and b our people truly standing side-by-side in unity against a common enemy and for a cause. Poh and the rest of the leftists, might have knew, or might have suspected, they were wading in a shallow pool with communists, but all was too late once the Brits and Malayans decided to launch Operation Coldstore. This state of uneasy tension remained until May 1961. Without that complementary goal, any revisiting may be more akin to a witch-hunt in reverse, serving only to further divide and disunite an already highly polarized Singapore. But in the 1960s, it was very substantive because you are in the thick of the action. In those talks, he explained why Singapore's best course of action lay in merger with Malaya at that time. To date, we have received only a non-reply, in the form of the re-printing of the Battle for Merger, the Cold War diatribe of the day.
Once merger became a genuine prospect, the communists took alarm. In the days of mythical state football champions and before Alabama started its playoff system in 1966, one of the biggest prizes for teams in north Alabama was the Tennessee Valley Conference championship. They can be found on YouTube and really bring his persuasive powers to life. He said: Your editorial comments and news reports in the last week have focused attack on me. Our statement of moral support for the Brunei popular uprising was no different from those that the Barisan had issued for other anti-colonial uprisings. It is difficult to convey now how much the political winds at the time seemed to be blowing to the left. You ask the Indonesians, they know their history.
This sounds rather perverted to me. Could you slightly elaborate your critique? The exhibition is in conjunction with the reprint of The Battle For Merger book, which was released on Oct 9 - the same date as the last of Mr Lee's broadcasts 53 years ago. A wrong decision then would have been calamitous and Singapore might still be trying to shake off the dire effects today. For their part, the communists knew full well that merger with Malaya would deal a fatal blow to their chances of capturing Singapore politically. The stakes for the Prime Minister could not be any higher. Economic union of Singapore and Malaysia, for the mutual benefit of both. Would the files be opened for scrutiny? The authorities had indicated that they would produce evidence of our clandestine involvement in the Brunei uprising, but never did.
Note: such calls have been confined to giving those detained or exiled their say in order to uncover lies, expose the or other truths. Lee even publicly told the people of Singapore that as a medical doctor, I would be charged and judged by my peers in the Singapore Medical Council and struck off the rolls. He is a friendly and quiet person. Lee Kuan Yew was probably the man to push hardest for the merger of Malaya and Singapore along with today's Sabah and Sarawak into Malaysia. On the question of whether Lim Chin Siong and Fong Swee Suan were communists, it was interesting to read another book, , who also drew on British sources regarding the Eden Hall Tea Party.
. This state of uneasy tension remained until May 1961. A better understood health system may save someone some money or their life. In the atmosphere of that time after the phony merger referendum where the democratic process was obviously flawed: anti-colonial fighters for freedom locked up without trial; the Legislative Assembly prorogued indefinitely to avoid disclosing the terms of merger; and a phony merger referendum whose choices were best characterised by David Marshall as choices to beat your mother, wife or daughter had just been foisted on the electorate; it was no small wonder that Barisan cadres and rank-and-file were questioning the fairness or even the viability of the constitutional path. They are not crooks or opportunists.
Later, when historians sat down and looked at the records, in the year 2000, or the year 2008, or 2012, they said looking at these, it does not seem as strong as we thought. Before it is too late, younger Singaporeans should also speak to the remaining members of the pioneer generation who lived through those times, in order to get an appreciation of our past. I had the singular advantage of not only knowing them well by having worked at close quarters with them in a united front against the British, but I also saw the official version in reports on them. I recovered my energy by sleeping on the studio floor in between the recordings. How to fight when you compare this with 2 people ranting and raving like lunatics in a park?! What is to be expected from a typical Leftist mantra; too bad, little of it is true. He wants to make it clear that if Ong Eng Guan were to cause serious trouble, action would have to be taken against him. For if it was as simple as that, the communists would have died and perished with the collapse of their armed revolt.
A societal improvement can last only if the improvement is done relative to the center. The delaying tactics of the pro-communists to gain time for more defections failed. The battle for merger is a story worth retelling. A wrong decision then would have been calamitous and Singapore might still be trying to shake off the dire effects today. Aired between Sept 13 and Oct 9, they were in fact the opening shots in what would soon become a keenly fought battle for the hearts and minds of the people of Singapore.
The Internal Security Council, comprising of the Singapore, British and Federation of Malay governments, duly carried out Operation Coldstore on 2 February 1963 and subsequent weeks, with a total of 133 arrested. Even more impossible to justify than our arrests is the length of the imprisonments. The revelations made - particularly about the communists - caused a stir. By 23 February 1962, some 7,500 copies had been sold. Publicly they will always pretend to be democrats; privately they keep on recruiting as many effective persons as they can persuade to join them in the communist cause.