Lim Hock Siew a people’s activist: Think Centre |

Lim Hock Siew a people’s activist: Think Centre |

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6 June (Singapore) – Think Centre:

Singapore’s oldest political  association, joins fellow Singaporeans in mourning the loss of one of  Singapore’s pioneering political activists – Dr Lim Hock Siew.

Dr Lim  was Singapore’s second-longest serving political prisoner, having been  detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for more than 19 years,  from 1963 to 1982. As founding member and leader of Barisan Sosialis, the party formed by  a splinter group of the People’s Action Party (PAP) in 1961, Dr Lim  was a leader who was steadfast in his socialist convictions and who  always stayed true to his political principles. He did not waver even  when those beliefs landed him in trouble with the authorities during  Singapore’s pre-independence days.

On 2 Feb, 1963, Lim was among 110  alleged communists being arrested and imprisoned by the PAP  government under Operation Coldstore. Subsequently Dr Lim remained in  detention without a trial until he was finally released on 6 Sept, 1982.

Not to be displaced by the official national narrative of what  happened during the tumultuous pre-independence days, he broke his  long held silence with his first public speech after 25 years at the  launch of the book “The Fajar Generation” in 2009. Younger generations  of Singaporeans will now be able to learn of the alternate history,  and to judge for themselves, of what happened during those fateful  founding years of Singapore.

Dr Lim was a man who was from the people, of the people and for the people. He made good as a doctor who poured his energy toward alleviating the sickness of the people with medicine, and worked at  solving the societal disease of poverty with his intellect and  principles. Truly he was a people’s activist who lived, served and  fought for the people.

Today, we salute his unyielding spirit, high  minded convictions and most of all, his steadfast integrity that underlies his sacrifice to uphold democratic socialism. TC send its deepest condolences to the family of the late Dr Lim Hock Siew and calls on fellow Singaporeans to take inspiration from his  life story – one that exemplifies a life simply lived as a  grandfather, father, doctor but passed on arguably as one of  Singapore’s political forefathers.

In solidarity,

Think Centre