Chia Ti Lik
In any struggle for freedom and democracy, there is bound to be blood, sweat and tears. Throughout history, freedom and democracy are not won by comfortable inaction or muted negotiation. Freedom and democracy are won through sacrifice.
The PAP secured its position by detaining political opponents, suing political opponents, jailing political opponents. Detentions were made in Operation Coldstore 1 and Operation Coldstore 2 in the early years. That all but wiped out the Barisan Socialis.
In 1987-1988, the Marxist Conspiracy arrests were used to against 22 young professionals working closely with the Workers’ Party of Singapore.
Defamation suits were used throughout the years against opposition politicians who were less than careful with their criticisms.
I received my first two charges from Central Police Division for unlawful assembly and illegal procession relating to the World Consumers’ Day Protest on March 15th 2008. We were peaceful and harmless protesters but the administration is adamant on silencing Singaporeans in their own country.
Check out youtube for a recording of what actually happened and ask yourself whether our administration and the Police have gotten their priorities correct in the service and protection of citizens of this nation.
I would have to attend Court on 11th July 2008 for these charges. I will go to Court as an Accused person for the first time in my life. This are the casualties of the Tak Boleh Tahan! campaign brought on behalf of the citizens of Singapore. It remains to be seen whether these are the only casualties that will ever be recorded in history.
I have to come to terms to what I believe in and what it takes for us to make this place a nation. In view of what Singapore lacks to make this place a home, there is no reason for us to recoil from what is now perceived to be the danger that comes with challenging the regime.
There will be a price to pay for things in life. And if freedom is something to be treasured. The price for freedom would undoubtedly be high.