Beyond The Blue gate: Recollections of a Political Prisoner Author: Teo Soh Lung Publisher: SIRD Paperback 392 pp ISBN: 9-789675-832017 Available from: Select Books, Kinokuniya Bookstore, Ethos Book or contactIsrizal at:
Lawyer Teo Soh Lung's memoir of her 21 May 1987 arrest and framing by the Singaporeauthorities
as part of the so-called 'Marxist consipracy' is a remarkable document.
Not only does it show how a person of courage and integrity can speak
truth to power, but it also illustrates how that power corrupts and
destroys the souls of those who wield it unscrupulously. One day a
Singaporean Truth and Reconcilliation Commission will determne the truth
of the PAP years. Until this happens, this memoir will serve as an
- Peter Carey, Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College, Oxford
Teo Soh Lung's book should be read by
all people who are interested in democracy and the rule of law. Not only
is it a poignant personal account of official ill treatment, but it is a
brilliant testimony to the cruety of authoritarianism, even, indeed
especially - when it comes in the guise of legal due process. This is
perhaps the most shocking aspect of her story: the abuse of the law in a
republic which is democratic in theory.
- Ian Buruma, Henry R Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College
Behind the Blue Gate documents vividly Soh Lung's intelelctual and
emotional awareness and reflections of a person in captivity. How power
blinds justice is nothing new in the world of politics. But Soh Lung's
account impressively details and transnits viscerrally her physical ans
psychological journey whilst in detention.
This book is a
must-read. it not only gives the reader insights to the human condition,
but it also enables one to reflect on one's moral capacity when facing
the hurdles and challenges in standing up for one's beliefs.
so very important to have this leterature. Thanks, Soh Lung, for taking
the trouble to write it all down. Reading the accounts amazes me how
sharp your memory was. it is testimony of how human cruety can be etched
so deeply in the human psyche.
- Alvin Tan, Founder and Artistic Director, The Necessary Stage