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Salute to Soh Lung

metalslug

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#1
http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/3854-salute-to-soh-lung

Salute to Soh Lung
Monday, 28 June 2010
Singapore Democrats



Ms Teo Soh Lung has broken her long silence about her cruel detention under the Internal Security Act with the publication of her memoir Beyond The Blue Gate: Recollections of A Political Prisoner.

Ms Teo was arrested in May 1987 together with 21 other church and social workers, accused of hatching a Marxist-inspired plot to overthrow Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his ministers.

In truth, Operation Spectrum was used by the PAP to crackdown on dissent that it had perceived as growing within the legal and social communities against its oppressive rule.


After more than 20 years, Ms Teo has written a very readable book that chronicles events from the moment the ISD officers arrested her at home to the day she was released and everything in between.

Launched this past weekend, the near-400 page tell-all reveals in detail the former detainee's experiences during her imprisonment, including Mr Lee Kuan Yew's role in the whole affair, and her cruel and inhumane treatment in the hands of the ISD officers. Below is a brief excerpt from the book:



‘And so it continued. The team of interrogators came in shifts. I noticed that they were all well dressed, contrary to my impression of interrogators in police stations. Some officers used the gentle technique, others the shouting style. They would coax and reason and they would be unreasonable and loud.

There was one big man who asked why David Marshall, Singapore's Ambassador to France, had such high regards for me. Marshall was a well-known criminal lawyer before he joined the diplomatic service and I had served my pupillage under him. I looked at the officer's face and believed that he wouldn't use his hands. But I looked at his knuckles and they told me he knew karate. I was afraid. He was DSP Benny Lim.

There was one male officer who came in and shouted something. My answer did not satisfy him or rather he was not prepared to be convinced. He gave me four hard slaps. I stared at him and he challenged loudly if I was going to remember his face and complain. I did not respond. The slaps sent a gush of hot blood to my face. I could feel a stinging warmth. After slapping me, he walked out of the room.

During the launch which was attended by more than 200 people, Ms Teo said that like rape victims, the scars and trauma of the detention remained with her all these years. The script was written several years ago but it didn't make its way to the printers until now. She had finally found her voice.

History, they say, is written by the victors. But truth can only be authored by the victims.

And the truth is beginning to surface with regularity. First there was Comet In Our Sky, a book compiled by the late Lim Chin Siong's political colleagues, that recounted how Mr Lee Kuan Yew was aided by the British to thwart his arch-rival Lim from becoming Singapore's premiere leader.

Then Mr Said Zahari released his double-volume (Dark Clouds at Dawn and The Long Nightmare) recounting his 17 years of imprisonment by the PAP Government. This was followed by an interview he did with Mr Martyn See which the Government has banned. All of Mr Said's accounts debunked the myth that the PAP ordered the arrests becuase of national security concerns. Rather, it was to cripple opposing voices so that the PAP could continue its undemocratic rule.

Last year, a few of the 1987 detainees got together to publish That We May Dream Again to reveal even more cruelty of the regime.

Even the quiet Mr Vincent Cheng was ready to speak at a seminar at the National Library a few weeks ago only to be banned by the authorities. Mr Cheng was accused by Mr Lee of being the chief culprit behind the Marxist plot.

Former long-term detainees Drs Lim Hock Siew and Poh Soo Kai have also begun to speak up with Dr Lim memorably insisting that Mr Lee Kuan Yew must apologise to him first before he would shake the Minister Mentor's hand.

Now Ms Teo has come up with her book that will continue to push back the PAP's domination of the narrative. Eventually the truth will be revealed and all will learn of the proper history of this Republic of Singapore.

With this publication, Ms Teo Soh Lung has done our nation a great service.

Beyond the Blue Gate is available at Select Books (Tanglin Shopping Center), Kinokuniya Bookstores (Ngee Ann City) and Ethos Book.

Read also:
Ex-detanees fight back
Thank you, Soh Lung (by Chee Siok Chin)
 

RonRon

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Old Timer
#2
It was an era of peace and security in the 80s & early 90s when our police used their "hand can paint"
Now we dun get these kind of tough and good officers in the police force:(
 

HTOLAS

Alfrescian (Inf)
#3
This bring back memories of how Teo Soh Lung painted Great Leader into a corner at the televised hearings of the select committee for the Law Society charter amendments.

GL thought that he could thumb her down the way he did others but boy, was he wrong!

Of course, we now know what his response would be. ISA.

Coward!
 

jw5

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Old Timer
Old Timer
#5
I would like to ask those who know or remember about this incident.
Did the government have evidence that violence was being planned in the alledged bid to overthrow the government? Did they present this evidence to the public either via the written press or television?
Did the accused present any evidence to the contrary, i.e. they were not planning violence to overthrow the government?

If you are biased either way or only have anti pap vitriolic, please save it for another time.
 

leetahbar

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Old Timer
#6
how old is she now? if she's still resentful, perhaps she could sue the gov for infringing on her "rights" and defamation. she's a lawyer.

if there were injustice, then madam justice has to come in to address the grievances.

the same goes for tang fong har and the rest who claimed to be "falsely and wrongly" accused and jailed.
 

leetahbar

Alfrescian
Old Timer
#7
this incident has never fully clarified, rebutted or fairly verdicted. if the whole fracas was a big nervous mistake, then those involved in causing so much sufferings to the victims should answer for their fidgeting mistake.

again, are they bold enough or graciously gentleman to admit their guilt? or would this forever remain as a mystery and classified into singapore's unique X-FLIES?
 

Devil Within

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#10
http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/3854-salute-to-soh-lung

Salute to Soh Lung
Monday, 28 June 2010
Singapore Democrats






Ms Teo was arrested in May 1987 together with 21 other church and social workers, accused of hatching a Marxist-inspired plot to overthrow Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his ministers.

In truth, Operation Spectrum was used by the PAP to crackdown on dissent that it had perceived as growing within the legal and social communities against its oppressive rule.
Ah.... Church and social workers. Enough said. We have seen how these brainwashed idiots trying to take over AWARE and Suntec business if left unchecked.
 

scoobyhoo

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Old Timer
#11
http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/3854-salute-to-soh-lung


There was one male officer who came in and shouted something. My answer did not satisfy him or rather he was not prepared to be convinced. He gave me four hard slaps. I stared at him and he challenged loudly if I was going to remember his face and complain. I did not respond. The slaps sent a gush of hot blood to my face. I could feel a stinging warmth. After slapping me, he walked out of the room.

Ethos Book.

Read also:
Ex-detanees fight back
Thank you, Soh Lung (by Chee Siok Chin)
he slaped her buttocks?:confused:
 

HTOLAS

Alfrescian (Inf)
#12
It was a different church whose congregation was / is much poorer and had / has much less influence.

I'm not fan of churches and don't go to any, but it is important to discern one from the other.

Ah.... Church and social workers. Enough said. We have seen how these brainwashed idiots trying to take over AWARE and Suntec business if left unchecked.
 

Devil Within

Alfrescian (Inf)
#13
It was a different church whose congregation was / is much poorer and had / has much less influence.

I'm not fan of churches and don't go to any, but it is important to discern one from the other.
Given time and left checked, they will grow to just as big. CHC started with just only a few guys and the brainwashing grows from there.
 
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