Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vincent Cheng not allowed to speak....

I read that Vincent Cheng who was scheduled to talk at the NUS History Seminar held on the 28 May 2010 has been barred[Link] from speaking. It is important for Singaporeans that he speaks so that we can understand what happened 33 years ago.

I was a teenager when I woke up one day to find that the Singapore govt had arrested a large number of people and detained them without trial. They were accused of being communists and part of a plot to overthrow the govt using 'subversion'.


They were accused of 'infiltrating' Catholic Church, the Worker's Party and various student societies. The mastermind behind all this was Tan Wah Piow, a 'student radical', who planned to set up a Marxist state in Singapore in 15 years time after Lee Kuan Yew was no longer in power.

Yes, I think it is important to hear from Vincent Cheng. Very important to have him tell us about his plot to overthrow the govt by defeating the SAF without any weapons - none were ever found. How was it supposed to be done? Perhaps Mr. Vincent Cheng's plan was to infiltrate and convince masses of people that PAP is not good govt and have it overthrown at the ballot box. Quite difficult in those days without the Internet and the mass media controlled by the govt. Also, communism was collapsing[Link] at that time so it was a bit difficult to sell those ideas they were accused of propagating. As for the evil mastermind, student radical Tan Wah Piow, he is now a prominent human rights lawyer who spends his time helping downtrodden refugees and minority groups in England[Link]. The biggest act of violence Tan Wah Piow committed as a 'student radical' was taking part in an event were several chairs were broken - he was accused of rioting and sentenced to 1 year in jail. Tan Wah Piow was the NUSSU president at that time.

It is important to look that what happened 33 years ago because nothing has changed to prevent such arrests from happening again to today's activists who are not in agreement with the govt. For 33 years since that event, there has been fear among Singaporeans because they still don't understand what these people have done wrong..... all they did was aim for better human rights, great equality in society and sociopolitical change no different from today's political activists so how can we be sure that the draconian measures of the past won't be used again to preserve the interests of the ruling elites. If the ISA is needed today to tackle violent gangs and terrorits, we should look at removing it and replacing with anti-gang and anti-terrorist acts otherwise it can be used against anyone and that leads to widespread fear among Singaporeans in taking part in anything political in nature.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

ISA is entirely rubbish, Lee perpetuate it so that he can rule as dictator.

I cannot understand why anybody must be arrested under ISA.

If that person is guilty of whatsoever crime, let it be obvious to the world by a trial in court.

If that person is wrong, sentence it a proper punishment. If he has done nothing wrong, the court would acquitted him.

I do not understand why people like JI or Mas Selemat need to be detain under ISA instead of giving them a fair trial.

Anonymous said...

I was following this event at the time. Much as I agree with most of what you said, communism was still doing ok at that time and was not as I recall it, in danger of collapsing around the world.

As for Mr Tan Wah Piow, I heard that he was a contraversial figure. During his days in the university students union, it was alleged that some students would pressure other students to sign petitions organised by Mr Tan. I am not sure whether there is any truth in this allegation. However, I think it is important to provide a balance of perspectives.

Lucky Tan said...

anon 10:25,

Thanks for the info.

The event happened 33 years ago. We need to facts to come out. Communism was on the wane I remember the communist states struggling with a steady economic decay in the 80s eventually leading to an abrupt complete collapse in 1989. Even the hardcore CPM gave up in 1989 and laid down its arms.

Tan is probably no mild student leader. But this is Singapore, and he was just a student operating from NUSSU.

Anonymous said...

The NUS history society president is obviously a pap dog and coward.

Anonymous said...

23 years, not 33

Uriah Heep said...

You must remember what was the profile of our population.
30 years ago there was a approximately 20% who were below the age of 25, young, easliy influenced by media and what was happening in Vietnam and the US. Jobs was not abundant and housing was an issue.

Student leadership was the rage then.
Many other countries like France, UK and Australia had very influential student movements.
The US colleges and universities was a breeding ground for almost all the anti-government protests.

Pop culture along with songs that glorified anti-establishment was the order of the day, not only in the west but it took hold too in the east.. from Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, malaysia, singapore and australia.

The singapore gov was not comfortable with this and took swift action to nip it in the bud.
Long hair was unacceptable, anyone who wanted to enter singapore but with long hair was turned around.

All things said, we should listen to the other side of the coin. To disallow this view to be heard suggests:

A) The Gov thinks we are stupid and are easily swayed

B) The Gov thinks fears that they have the charisma to incite

C) The Gov has no basis for their arrests in the first instance

Nonetheless, it is now a non event for me except for the sake of history.

Anonymous said...

Pardon me if i sound frustrated; for every one person interested and wanting to know the Political History of Singapore, there are 10,000 trying to suceed in life or are struggling to survive. Political ideals have never bother most.

It was rightly said that there was/is absolutely no dissent alowed or tolerated. Singaporeans by the way, have voted time and again to be absolutely under controlled. They have chosen it, this, Singaporeans cannot and must not deny. Me born at the beginning of 1951 and to date is still hearing Singaporeans singing praises for our leadership. Even Oppositions and citizens unhappy with the policies are still saying 'without PAP' Singapore can never be the Firt World Country it is today. They're very grateful!

Not that me am cynical, it's just that history of SIN since independence has shown Singaporeans are simply pragmatic. Political chats, dicussions and debates are just for leisures, never ever taken seriously, except by a handful.

patriot

Anonymous said...

Pardon me if i sound frustrated; for every one person interested and wanting to know the Political History of Singapore, there are 10,000 trying to suceed in life or are struggling to survive. Political ideals have never bother most.

It was rightly said that there was/is absolutely no dissent alowed or tolerated. Singaporeans by the way, have voted time and again to be absolutely under controlled. They have chosen it, this, Singaporeans cannot and must not deny. Me born at the beginning of 1951 and to date is still hearing Singaporeans singing praises for our leadership. Even Oppositions and citizens unhappy with the policies are still saying 'without PAP' Singapore can never be the Firt World Country it is today. They're very grateful!

Not that me am cynical, it's just that history of SIN since independence has shown Singaporeans are simply pragmatic. Political chats, dicussions and debates are just for leisures, never ever taken seriously, except by a handful.

patriot

Anonymous said...

I think NUS HisSoc seminar is to be held on 4th June 2010. Just read from Temasek Review as well as Online Citizen that the President of NUS HisSoc now says he has apologised to Vincent Cheng who isn't allowed to speak but V. Cheng's speech will be read out to the audience on 4 June 2010. AM NOT SURE THAT SPEECH = REAL PERSON SPEAKING.

Anonymous said...

Well written. I like "to be used against anyone".....That is politicing in the darkest moment of history in Singapore, where one man wanted to maintain his personal power has embarked on the dirtiest tactic ever used in Singapore history almost equivalent to that of any evil Emperor of China.

Anonymous said...

Even if his speech is read on his behalf, I am sure it will be heavily edited and twisted...

Anonymous said...

The 1987 ISA arrests of Vincent Cheng and others was one brilliant strategic move. The second was the GRCs introduced in 1988.

So strategic and powerful that its positive effects for PAP at elections last till today, with 50%walkovers by PAP a key feature of it.

Of course it also helps that 66% are also OK with it.

And the 3rd strategic move may be the foreign talents turn citizens who will make their mark at the next election.

PAP is the master strategist where Singapore politics is concerned. I don't see any who can beat them to it.

Anonymous said...

i take it that the very reason why vincent cheng was not allowed to speak was because it wld prove that the pap is a master liar.

liar liar pants on fire... can't wait to vote these liars out

Anonymous said...

In 1974 - 1975, when Tan Wah Piow and the student leaders had disagreements with the govt, the Chancellor of S'pore U, called in the police to patrol the campus ostensibly becos some female students were molested. For present generation who has not experienced U autonomy, it may be no big deal, but in those days, it was a sacrilege. One day, some of these student leaders spotted a masked man distributing leaflets containing communist propagandist diatribes against the govt. They chased him and the masked man ran into the police post in the U. The police refused to unmasked the man and shielded him from the pursuers. I don't recall the masked man being charged in court or detained. You figure it out.

Anonymous said...

Check this out if you want the other side of the story of Tan Wah Piow on the Marxist Conspiracy.

http://theonlinecitizen.com/2009/05/let-the-people-judg/

Check this out if you want to know a small part of the story of the Tan Wah Piow trial where he was fixed by one Phey Yew Kok (an NTUC president and PAP MP), who later absconded after being charged for CBT.

http://swordofdemocles.blogspot.com/2005/07/price-of-truth.html

Check this out if you want to know a more detailed story of the Marxist Conspiracy.

http://www.singapore-window.org/sw01/010521m2.htm

Anonymous said...

http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC100529-0000057/Read-the-book,-hes-no-tyrant

i'm sure Lionel dying to get his book autographed & his dream of a national day award perhaps.

Anonymous said...

"http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC100529-0000057/Read-the-book,-hes-no-tyrant

i'm sure Lionel dying to get his book autographed & his dream of a national day award perhaps."

Very sure that after old fart dies, there will be countless books written against the shameless tyrant and his family, and many will be eager to wake up old fart from his eternal sleep in his million-dollars coffin for his autograph.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Lucky

According to you ... wasn't it the church that infiltrated the PAP and cause of everything bad and not so nice?

//
30 years ago there was a approximately 20% who were below the age of 25, young, easliy influenced by media and what was happening in Vietnam and the US. Jobs was not abundant and housing was an issue.
//

The quality of the PAP trolls seemed to have fallen even further. Maybe they finally recognized that you are not a threat at the ballot box?

Anonymous said...

Why are they so afraid of letting Vincent Cheng speak in public, this man is not using a machine gun, it just proves to us that PAP has much to hide.

ISA is just the secret police of the PAP dogs who do all the dirty work against human rights in the name of law, shameless !

Anonymous said...

Indeed, the next victim could be YOU!

下一个被害者很可能就是你!

Alan Wong said...

In the history of mankind, we do know for a fact that Christianity and Marxism just doesn't click. If they are the best of friends, then communist China would not have persecuted so many Christians in the past.

And if Tan Wah Piow had really been involved in such activities as alleged, how come there is no real evidence to show the links to communist foreign countries as involved. And it just wouldn't more sense for him not to choose a communist country for political asylum. Why is it that to this very day, he has chosen to remain in a capitalist country ?

Someone dishonest and ruthless enough must have simply told a lie. It's so easy to tell a lie especially if you are in power.

Just look at today's politicians, how many of them are really not for the money and power that it brings. Our own PAP Ministers are asking for the sky themselves. Are they really that noble to serve the public as what they often make out themselves to be.

As many politicians today has proven to us, it is still money that rules supreme in the dirty world of politics. That will probably explain why so many honest parents wouldn't want their kids to become policians for all the money in the world. Of course there are exceptions with dishonest parents.

Anonymous said...

我们在国会都看见了,我们的政府不惜才。真正有才能的人大多都不参政。
当有智慧的人们发表政治理念,大多都会被强力抹杀。
所谓-功高“不”盖主。。。

Anonymous said...

[In the history of mankind, we do know for a fact that Christianity and Marxism just doesn't click.]




What you talking? If Yesus is alive today, he would be a hard core socialist. Which says a lot of these modern charismatic religious outfits that preaches "prosperity" in Singapore.

Anonymous said...

I do not understand why people like JI or Mas Selemat need to be detain under ISA instead of giving them a fair trial.

The real purpose of ISA is to detain people like Chee Soon Juan if he wins an election. You can't charge him with a crime since he hasn't legally done anything wrong.

However Lee Kuan Yew of course cannot use this as a justification for ISA. So they need to wayang wayang detain a few people like Mas Selamat under ISA to say that it serves a legitimate purpose.

Anonymous said...

Me feels that the Local Netizens seemed to say they are being oppressed if not terrorised by their political leaders. And if these netizens are representative of the general population, what's in store for the future of Singaporeans and the Country??

patriot

Anonymous said...

I was a teen when it happened too. I recall watching the televised "confession". IMHO, it was all a show. But it certainly was effective in instilling fear in my generation of Singaporeans. My parents taught us NEVER to get involved in politics, or indeed even voluntary social work. Is it any wonder why there is a lack of social volunteers amongst my generation?

In all honesty, sometimes I blame the educated Singaporeans in patriot's generation for not standing up against oppression when there were still multiple voices around to tilt the balance of power. But then again, given that they did not have the freedom of internet communication and after the Press Act to remove multiple news providers, perhaps they too were a conned generation. My parents are an older generation who only had primary Chinese education; but they sure recognised political bullying and advised their children to always vote for the underdog to provide a balance of power.

patriot wrote: "what's in store for the future of Singaporeans and the Country??"

Well, I am leaving Singapore and am encouraging others to leave, including the multitudes of "foreign talents" on Singapore soil. In the process of getting out, I got to know many other (ex-)Singaporeans who are-taking/had-taken the same path.

I personally know people who continue to sing praises of PAP. I will not fight against this 66% who wish to continue to be oppressed. The future of Singaporeans and the country will be left to the self-declared "elites" and the happily oppressed.

Anonymous said...

I wonder whether anyone has a copy of the TV 'confession'.

I would probably be too young to remember but it would be interesting to watch it on you-tube.

Anonymous said...

Anon 23:56 had witnessed and liked me, personally experienced the behaviours of the First and Second Generation(my generation) Singaporeans after SIN was given independence.

Singaporeans since then have been easily intimidated and worse, were and ARE pacified with a little freebies and or concessions. Many made noises and voiced unhappiness, but were gutless to support or vote the handful of oppositions and Human Rights/ Freedom activists that were willing to sacrifice their own safeties and wellbeings.

There will always be Fellow Singaporeans who will show concerns if one is vocal. And there will also those that will warn You of dire consequences which they fear. Few will actively engage the Authority to make proposal and or to reason and protest on policies.

Years ago, me suggested at one of the most popularly read blog that bloggers and commenters sharing similar views to meet face to face. However, much fear and reservations were made that such meeting and gathering would land them in trouble, invariably citing the Authority.

After decades of observations and participations, my conclusion is for younger Singaporeans to seek better places to live and work.

To stay put and be challenged by problems of livings and survivals caused by the System and Policies is not worth it.

Do get to know the foreigner settlers around You better and visit their hometowns. For all You know, many of them are from beautiful places that are natural and the people friendly, where costs of livings are minimal.

Look for happinesss in the larger world.

patriot

muebles madrid said...

This can't work as a matter of fact, that is exactly what I believe.