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.