Earlier this month, the PAP Government launched a reprint of ‘The Battle for Merger’, a compilation of speeches made by Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 1961 and originally published in 1962. In his speech at the book’s launch, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said that book would “provide a reality check” to attempts by some historians to recast the role played by communists and their supporters on the issue.
Last Friday evening, members of the Workers’ Party Youth Wing (WPYW) were out and about reaching out to young Singaporeans. With the party’s newsletter, The Hammer, and publicity materials for the youth wing’s next activity, a Christmas Party at a home for the intellectually disabled in tow, youth wing members fanned out across Dhoby Ghaut. Youth Hammer was an excellent opportunity for youth wing members to create greater awareness of the political context in Singapore. Many stopped by to ask questions and youth wing members were on hand to answer their questions, though with some trepidation at the first time of asking.
Many Singaporeans have, in years past, questioned the SDP's fight for political freedom for our people. They say that these ideas have little to do with their everyday lives. Fortunately, such thinking is on the wane. It must be reiterated that without such freedoms, especially the freedom of expression, citizens cannot hold those who rule over us accountable and make them serve the people instead of themselves.
As much as LKY wanted him to be a communist, he could never prove LCS as one, conclusively. Even if he was one, he would never publicly admit to be a member of the Communist Party of Malaya as that would land him in jail. The CPM was an outlawed organisation. Similarly, a gangster would never admit to be a member of a secret society. And because criminal cases against prominent gangsters are so hard to clinch, we often find that these people are held in detention without trial under the CLTP, or what is commonly known as "Section 55" - albeit less controversially as compared to the ISA although technically they are similar.
In my response [link], I referred to recently declassified British Government documents relating to Operation Coldstore which revealed that Lord Selkirk, the UK Commissioner to Singapore at that time, reported to Duncan Sandys, secretary of state for the colonies, that 'there is no important new evidence of subversive activity on which arrests at this juncture can be justified. We could not substantiate a charge that they are planning to use violence. In the absence of specific evidence of subversion the arrests would be construed as an attempt by HMG to stifle legitimate opposition.' (Geoff Wade)
Lianhe Wanbao carried an article about foreign spouses on 20 Oct 2014 (see link at the bottom). Over the years, I have received quite a number of appeals for long(er) term stay by Singaporeans for their foreign spouses. In some cases, the circumstances were complex, involving former spouses (whom we must be fair to) or suspected scams (which we must guard against). These cases will need careful consideration by the authorities. In others, there were impassioned pleas for the Long Term Visit Pass/ Long Term Visit Pass Plus/ Permanent Residency to be granted to their foreign spouses so that the family can be whole.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told media that if the government met pro-democracy protesters’ demands it would result in the city’s poorer people dominating elections. In an interview with foreign media, carried in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the International New York Times, the embattled chief executive reiterated his position that free elections were impossible.
Many of you have asked if I will consider entering politics. Some have asked if I will join the PAP or the opposition such as the Worker’s Party. For more than a decade now, I’ve been actively speaking up, voicing my concerns constructively and campaigning for change. There is no doubt that things are indeed changing in Singapore for the better, for both the animals and the wider community. I’ve given this serious thought for some time. My choice was to join the PAP.