The 1st part of his speech reminds me of how I used to think about the PAP - integrity, vision, competence. Many of us, once we get past the Straits Times and open our eyes to see reality, we begin to understand what the truth really is. Vincent Cheng who was accused of being a Marxist conspirator acting on the instructions of Tan Wah Piow tells us he never acted for Tan Wah Piow and never had political connections to Tan Wah Piow. He was detained for 3 years without trial on that accusation. The whole nation was told that was why he was detained. Singapore is a place where it takes so much courage to tell the truth....Vincent Cheng took a lot of risk to tell us what we have suspected to be the truth for a long time. 23 years is a long time but the ISA which was used to detain, torture and force a confession from Vincent Cheng still exists largely unchanged from the day he was arrested in Operation Spectrum.
It is time for Singapore to get rid of the ISA and replace it with an anti-terrorism act to reflect the real threats to our society today. The draconian ISA perpetuate a climate of fear and has resulted in unjust treatment of hundreds of Singaporeans like Vincent Cheng whose only intention was to better the lives of the downtrodden and exploited among us.