Book Launch of “Smokescreens & Mirrors” & “Escape From The Lion’s Paw”

Date: November 24, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 2pm until 4pm
Venue: Auditorium Francis Cheah in FECAM, The Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

Strategic Information Research and Development Centre (SIRD) and KLSCAH-Civil Rights Committee (CRC) jointly organized the launch of SMOKESCREENS & MIRRORS: TRACING THE ‘MARXIST CONSPIRACY’ by Tan Wah Piow, and ESCAPE FROM THE LION’S PAW: REFLECTIONS OF SINGAPORE’S POLITICAL EXILES edited by Teo Soh Lung & Low Yit Leng.

We are pleased to have Mr. Tan Yew Sing & Dr. Kua Kia Soong to launch the books.

This launch will include a discussion panel on PRELUDE TO THE POST-LEE KUAN YEW ERA.

Panel Speakers:

1) Mr. Tan Wah Piow, former student leader who fell on the wrong side of politics in Singapore. He was jailed in 1975. In 1976 he went into exile in the UK, where he now practices law. In 1987 Singapore accused him of being a “marxist” mastermind, an allegation he refutes in his book Smokescreens & Mirrors. Tan calls for a campaign to restart, rejuvenate and reclaim the Constitution.

2) Dr. G Raman is a prominent commercial and tax lawyer in Singapore who in 1974 made clear his sympathy for the students by acting as their legal advisor. He was involved as the defence lawyer when Tan Wah Piow and 2 other workers were persecuted on the frame-up charges of rioting. Dr Raman unsurprisingly was detained without trial in 1977 by Lee Kuan Yew. Despite his years of suffering under repression, he remains a sharp critic of the PAP government.

3) Dr. Wong Chin Huat, well known activist in the Malaysian Civil movement. He is a political scientist by training. He serves as a steering committee member of Bersih 2.0 He campaigns for electoral reform and civil and political rights. He also writes political commentaries for The Nut Graph, Selangor Times, Malaysiakini amongst others.

Moderator:
Ms. Maria Chin Abdullah, Women and Human rights activist and a steering committee member of BERSIH 2.0.

About the Books:
Smokescreens & Mirrors is not only a powerful rebuttal of the Singapore government’s allegations against Tan Wah Piow in 1987 as the “Mastermind of a Marxist Plot” to overthrow the PAP, it is, in the words of one Singaporean reviewer.

Smokescreens, however, is not simply a historical analysis of the political machinations that took place in 1987. It closes in the present with a call to action: Tan pushes for a re-examination of Operation Spectrum as “an initial education process to mobilise public opinion to Restart, Rejuvenate and Reclaim the Constitution” (p.72, capitals his). He establishes the foundation of his arguments upon the Singapore Constitution, which he avers “has to be the first point of reference in any political debate where liberties are at stake” (p.30). G. Raman states in his foreword that “the book contains Wah Piow’s agenda for a true democratic society in Singapore”. Smokescreens is thus polemical – and openly so.

In Escape from the Lion’s Paw, Wah Piow published his long awaited account of his escapade from Singapore in 1976. The chapter The Making of an Outlaw is a mini-autobiography of this former student leader who was thrown into prison in 1975 following a fabricated charge. Immediately following his release, he had to devise his escape routes to avoid being inducted into the military. It became an enormous blow to the authorities when he managed to escape from the the Lion’s Paw, and and sought political asylum in the United Kingdom where he now resides and has his own legal practice. His citizenship was revoked in 1987.

This book also carries stories of escapade of other dissidents who had to run from LKY’s iron-fist rule. Among them, the late Francis Khoo, Miss Tang Fong Har, Ho Juan Thai, and Wah Piow’s colleague during the University days, Tsui Hon Kwong.

These two books are published this year in Singapore to coincide with the 25 anniversary of the infamous Operation Spectrum in 1987. At the time 22 social activists, lawyers, journalists and church workers were detained without trial. Many Singaporeans till today do not believe in the PAP government’s claim of a Marxist Plot, and despite the lapse of time, the issue continues to haunt the political credibility of the regime, and a lingering embarrassment to the more liberal elements within the ruling PAP.

Please grace the occasion with your presence and participate in the discussion.
Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Inquiries:
MS. LEE, the secretary assistant of KLSCAH (03-2274 6645)
LOKE (03-7957 8342 / 8343), [email protected]

由隆雪华堂民权委员会及策略资讯研究中心举办的《Smokescreens & Mirrors》和《Escape from the Lion’s Paw》新书推介礼及“Prelude to the Post-Lee Kuan Yew Era”讲座,邀来三位主讲人评论当年的“光谱行动”(Operation Spectrum)及新加坡当前的政治局势。

日期:24/11/2012(星期六)
时间:2-4pm
地点:华总谢富年礼堂(隆雪华堂建筑内)

推介人:
陈友信(隆雪华堂会长)
柯嘉逊博士(大马人民之声董事)

主讲人:
陈华彪(作者)
黄进发博士(政治学学者)
Dr. G Raman(新加坡律师)

使用语言:英语/国语

关於作者:
作者陈华彪于1970年代是新加坡大学建筑系学生,曾被推举为学生领袖。1987年5月21日,新加坡内部安全局(ISD)在内部安全法令(ISA)下展开“光谱行动”,逮捕了16人,他们被指涉及所谓的“马克思主义阴谋”,企图推翻人民行动党政府。政府指他们意图“用共产党人的统一战线技俩,颠覆新加坡的政治和社会秩序”。

1987年6月20日,被拘留的其中四人获释,但却有另外六人遭拘捕。被捕者未经审判被关押一个月至三年不等。当时定居英国,曾担任新加坡大学生学生会主席的陈华彪被指为幕后黑手。陈华彪是在1976年因担心政治迫害而潜逃出新加坡,在1987年被褫夺公民权。

此书不仅是作者对当年新加坡政府制造的政治阴谋的历史分析,更是寻求正义转型,为当年的“光谱行动”平反。G.拉曼在前言中指出:“这本书包含作者陈华彪对新加坡成为一个真正的民主社会的愿景。”

讲座入场免费,并有茶点招待,欢迎各界踊跃出席。
任何询问或详情,敬请致电隆雪华堂秘书处03-22746645。

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