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。
Dr. G Raman（新加坡律师）
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 His citizenship was revoked in 1987.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.
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Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!
MS. LEE, the secretary assistant of KLSCAH (03-2274 6645)
LOKE (03-7957 8342 / 8343), [email protected]