Thursday, 13 September 2007

Lim Chin Siong, the man who was nearly our PM - Part 8

Lim Chin Siong - My Unforgettable Comrade

"That was Lim Chin Siong, symbol of a genuine left-wing democratic movement and a household name in Singapore politics during the 1950s and the early 1960s.

That was Lim Chin Siong whom the British colonalists had their local lackeys destroyed in order to protect their own economic and political interests, and to maintain their neo-colonialist hold on the island as the bastion of their hegemony in the region.

That was Lim Chin Siong whom they had destroyed using the smears of communism and Chinese chauvinism as their chosen weapons. They branded him a communist and linked him to the MCP's armed struggle. Yet, he participated in legal political activists, even contesting and winning elections to become a member of the colonial legislative assembly.

They ganged-up with the reactionary forces in the region to destroy Lim Chin Siong and the entire left-wing democratic movement in Singapore with the infamous Operation Cold Store launched on the 2nd opposition in Singapore.

They lied about Lim Chin Siong. They smeared his good name and hence, the good name of his family.

They misrepresented Lim Chin Siong's political thinking and objectives.

They envied, but also feared Lim Chin Siong's popularoty as a genuine left-wing political leader.

Finally, they cruelly destroyed Lim Chin Siong's political life through deceit, deception and conspiracy."

- Said Zahari

Said Zahari was a one time editor-in-chief of the Malay-language newspaper Utusan Melayu and an advocate of unbiased press freedom. Although he currently reside in Malaysia with his family, he has insisted on retaining his Singapore citizenship.

Together with Chin Siong, he was arrested during Operation Coldstore, a joint Malaysian and Singaporean operation to silence 117 opposition and union.

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