Barr's intellect and more nuanced perspectives come through in this book, in which the content dives deep into Singapore’s history from a political, geographic, and economic view.
Tag: Operation Coldstore
The truth is far more complicated and in some instances downright sinister. His economic legacy may be available for all to see, but at what cost?
Malaysian Finance Minister Tan Siew Sen described the PAP as a party which shouted "Fire, fire" while committing arson.
Operation Coldstore, on 3 February 1963, decapitated Singapore’s progressive left-wing movement. By the time its leaders were released from detention, the PAP had cemented its grip on power and closed down any space for political opposition.
"The PAP is endangering democracy. . .parliamentary democracy under the PAP has already become Fascist dictatorship." -- Dr. Lee Siew Choh (1963)
"That Operation Coldstore was necessary for national security is at the very heart of the PAP myth; it is also the Party’s original sin." -- Dr. Hong Lysa
"It cannot be just the government leading the way forward. The people have to be as much a part of this, so a new social contract can be forged which can be legitimate to all."