More than 400 people, young and old, gathered at Hong Lim Park on Saturday afternoon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Operation Coldstore, a round of mass political arrests under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
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2 February marks the 50th anniversary of Operation Coldstore this year. More than 400 people, young and old, gathered at Hong Lim Park to commemorate this fateful event that happened half a century ago.
Operation Coldstore was a security operation launched in Singapore on 2 February 1963 in which at least 111 anti-government left-wing activists were arrested and detained, including key members of the opposition political party Barisan Sosialis. Others arrested included newspaper editors, trade unionists and university students. The operation, authorised by the Internal Security Council which comprised representatives from the British Colonial, Malaysian Federal and Singapore governments, was touted as an anti-Communist sting.
Although Operation Coldstore happened 50 years ago, it still has a huge impact on us and the society even till today. It constantly reminds people to watch what they say and that the government have the power to arrest and detain people without any evidence under the ISA. People can also be exiled under the ISA.
There are many controversy about the ISA and many believe that it should be abolished as it violates many of the article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (e.g Article 9).
However, I believe that the ISA is very important as it safeguards our nation's interest and eliminate possible threats. Without the ISA, Singapore might be a communist-state now and Changi Airport could just be another place where terrorists carry out their plans.