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“In the early days, people could voice out loud. The press was free. So there was a genuine feeling they were fighting for the country. But after 30 years of systematically squeezing the voice of the people by the PAP to “choke” level, people don’t care anymore. In karate, you strike with a powerful yell. So how can you be interested in fighting for the country if you can’t even whimper? No amount of coaxing will work. The only way is to free the people. Return to them the freedom of speech and the true freedom to vote. “
– FEIHK, reacting to SM Lee’s speech to university students, Sintercom forum, Feb 2003
“I’m at a stage of my life where I’m utterly disillusioned with the political process in Singapore. In fact I’ve made a personal vow to publish one last book in Singapore, and that’ll be me calling it quits with this country…If you care too much about Singapore, first it’ll break your spirit, and finally it will break your heart.”
– 25-year-old Alfian Sa’at, Singaporean poet, author and playwright in Sintercom interview. Read the interview