Articles: Books/Reviews

Book review: Hung At Dawn (2005)

27 December 2005

Hung at Dawn is an account of three death penalty cases in Singapore detailing exposing the inadequacies of police investigations, courtroom trials and the clemency pleas that prefers to err on the side of hanging convicts.

Comet in Our Sky (2002)

22 December 2002

This is a compilation of several efforts to critically understand and appreciate the significant role and legacy of the late Lim Chin Siong in the political history of Singapore. He was undoubtedly the most prominent left wing leader in Singapore in the 1950's and 60's. Academics and close political friends in Malaysia and Singapore attempt to give a balanced and objective account of Lim's contribution to post-war history in Singapore and Malaysia.

Your Future, My Faith, Our Freedom (2001)

02 April 2001

A society that empowers its members to assemble and organise ensures that the authorities cannot divide and conquer. Unity is not only strength. It is the means by which society protects itself against state abuses and excesses. The ability of the people to speak freely is the bulwark of democracy and ensures governmental transparency and accountability.

To Be Free (1998)

02 April 1998

Singapore opposition politician Chee Soon Juan, no stranger to persecution, compiles the stories and reminiscences of several prominent Asian individuals whose actions in the course of their struggle for freedom and democracy have resulted in their detention and maltreatment by their governments. Included are Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma (Myanmar), Chia Thye Poh of Singapore, the Indonesian writer Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Shih Ming-Teh of Taiwan and the late Benigno Aquino Jr. of the Philippines. The final chapter includes provocative views on the nature of democratic change and civil disobedience, on official cruelty, intolerance and violence, on Asian and Western values and identity, and on the universality of human resistance to oppression.

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