Archive for the ‘05 detention’ Category


This issue is about the detention forum of February 2006 and its aftermath. Two former political detainees Michael Fernandez and Tan Jing Quee and a poet/playwright Robert Yeo gathered on stage to talk about art and healing (more…)

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Michael Fernandez and Tan Jing Quee at the ‘Detention-Writing-Healing’ Forum

Transcribed by Seet Wen Hao and Ong Pei Chey, edited by Loh Kah Seng

On 26 February 2006, an idea mooted by history teacher Lim Cheng Tju to his friends in the arts scene came to fruition: to have former political detainees break the silence and speak of their experiences at a public forum. (more…)


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Teng Qian Xi

An edited version of this article first appeared in Today, 9 March 2006.

What picture does the phrase “political detainee” conjure up for you? What picture does the phrase “political detainee” conjure up for you? (more…)

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Kevin Blackburn

This article was originally published in the Oral History Association of Australia Journal, no. 29, 2007.

On a Saturday afternoon, 26 February 2006, over 200, mostly young people, crowded into the Recital Studio of Singapore’s Esplanade Arts Centre to listen to ex-political detainees from the 1960s and 1970s give their side of Singapore’s history. (more…)

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Sai Siew Min

Sometime in June this year, a friend alerted me to Alex Au’s commentary on a book launch he had attended in Malaysia. The book in question was a poetry collection, Our Thoughts Are Free (more…)

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Review: Dark Folke

Ang Song Ming

The Observatory. Dark Folke. Singapore, 2009.

On their fourth album Dark Folke, The Observatory continue charting a path that, quite frankly, no other Singaporean band has managed to do over the span of five years. (more…)

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