A brief look at the PAP’s evolving strategy of “soft authoritarianism”
Written by Ng E-Jay
05 June 2009
On 21 May 1987, 22 Singaporean citizens, including young social workers, lawyers, businessmen, theatre practitioners and other professionals, were detained under the ISA on the accusation of being members of a dangerous Marxist conspiracy bent on subverting the Government by force and replacing it with a Marxist state. None of them were ever given a fair trial, and to this day, no evidence exists to support the accusations levied against them. Mr Francis Seow was also detained when he tried to provide these “Marxist conspirators” legal aid.
Other notable examples of arrests of political activists under the ISA include that of Chia Thye Poh who was detained without trial for 23 years and Said Zahari who was similarly detained for 17 years.