Monday, August 22, 2011
If you look at the video in the previous posting, the young lady from human rights group, MARUAH was asking the presidential candidates a very specific question - whether they think the arrest of alleged Marxist Conspirators in 1987 was justified. Tony Tan went on to answer her question by explaining the dangers of terrorism as if the ISA has been primarily used against terrorists. Lim Hock Siew speaking at a memorial for Tan Jin Quee challenges Tony Tan to prove that he was a terrorit and those arrested in Operation Coldstore and Operation Spectrum were terrorists. He also challenge the govt to form a board of inquiry to look into the past arrests and human rights abuses of the ISA.
We don't expect the PAP to take up any of Lim Hock Siew's challenges because the outcomes will likely not be i favorable to them. We don't expect the PAP to apologise to these detainees for ill treatment as it will amount to an admission that they have violated their human rights. The PAP govt can do itself a favor by reviewing the ISA and replacing it with an anti-terrorism act that is more suited for the threats of today, Retaining the ISA shows that they are unable to break free from an authoritarian past that younger Singaporeans find hard to accept.
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Posted by Lucky Tan