As much as I detest the ramblings of people on the Real Singapore, there was a quote there which I can relate to. “The forbidden fruit taste the sweetest.”
This was with regards the MDA’s recent ban of “To Singapore, with Love”, which was a documentary film made by Tan Pin Pin, an acclaimed director, whose works I hope to see after im done with all these Alevels.
It was quite amazing to read her CV. Im inspired by how these individuals can really have a strong passion for what they want to do and push on with it. I really hope I can do the same, but I do think I have to work for it.
Id love to talk about MDA’s banning of the documentary, but I will focus on the two individuals which the documentary was supposed to cover.
Francis Khoo and Dr Ang Swee Chai are lawyers, with Francis Khoo being a really prominent lawyer back in the 1970s. He was to be detained under the ISA, but he left to UK due to his involvement with some individuals whom are apparently communists.
And despite him being really prominent, this is all I know about him. Most wiki stuff has been removed.
History has many faces even though its the same individual.
In the eulogy by Dr Ang Swee Chai, she portrays her husband as an honourable individual who believed in the rights of all to have a legal representative, which led to his decisions and ultimately his “exile”. She talks about how he was a charitable individual.
Ms Yaccob Ibrahim says that the documentary portrays “inaccurate accounts of how they were exiled”.
I really do not know who to believe in.
But beyond that, based on multiple reports and accounts by individuals, I do not think that Mr Lee KY had an easy time setting up the PAP and bringing Singapore to what it is today.
As a leader of a small, growing nation, he had to make tough choices. He is known for it after all. Even if it means quelling the opposition, because he understands that before a country can talk about achieving equality or even pure untainted democracy, it needs to have progress. Especially for Singapore surrounded by nations who often try to quell its growth, as seen in Usman Harun(Mac donald house) incident, Malaysia threatening to cut off water supplies. Even today, minor scuffles such as raising toll charges is seen.
I do believe that I am more utilitarian. Dr Francis Khoo is someone which I hope I will remember for whatever he did. (But I do hope I can get more information about him cause the internet is really biased, and censorship does not help). But it is inevitable that some decisions were made.
In future, Singapore will be pressed to make more hard choices. Singaporeans are empowered by social media, for the better or for the worse, and we have to address these voices. The ability to make choices diminished, but still remain paramount.
How will Singapore cope? This is something I will not be able to answer. Not yet at least.