Speech by Ms Braema Mathi, MARUAH President – 25th anniversary of alleged “Marxist Conspiracy”

4 June 2012

Speech on 2 June 2012
In Search of Justice – That We May Dream Again
Remembering the 1987 “Marxist Conspiracy”

Good afternoon everyone.

Twenty-five years ago, while we were sleeping, 16 persons were dragged off under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and later were presented to the public as Marxists with clandestine communist connections.

Over the next few weeks in 1987 we saw images of those arrested in the media. We were told many times by the government and the media that these individuals were subversive and out to harm Singapore, a security threat. Hence the need for the ISA to contain this spread of Marxism, Communism, Socialism – it is still not that clear what really was the charge. Read the rest of this entry »


Dignity Defined – Inaugural issue of MARUAH’s newsletter

4 June 2012

We are delighted to present the first issue of Dignity Defined, MARUAH’s newsletter. In this issue, we put the spotlight on the Internal Security Act (ISA), and the ISA arrests in 1987/88.

Please download the full newsletter here (PDF).


Saying no to arbitrary detention – 25th anniversary of ISA arrests under alleged “Marxist Conspiracy”

3 June 2012

On 2nd June 2012, MARUAH and Function 8 commemorated the 25th anniversary of ISA arrests under the alleged “Marxist Conspiracy”.

An exhibition area included mock-ups of detention cells, original items created during detention, and posters detailing the profiles of the ex-detainees.

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MARUAH petition for Commission of Inquiry on alleged Marxist Conspiracy

30 May 2012

Please click this link to view MARUAH’s petition to call for a Commission of Inquiry on the alleged Marxist Conspiracy. If you believe in it too, please provide your details and sign on to the petition!

Please also share the link on Facebook, email it to your friends or even tweet about it! We need 350, 000 signatures and it’s not going to be possible without your help!

To email to your respective mailing lists, you may use the following text:

We need to call for a review of a dark episode in Singapore’s history.

It has been 25 years since Operation Spectrum, when 22 persons were detained for allegedly being “Marxist Conspirators”.

Even then, there were doubts about the accusations and whether these citizens should be detained without trial.

25 years later, these doubts continue to linger.

Let’s call for an independent Commission of Inquiry now!

Sign MARUAH’s petition to call for a Commission of Inquiry on the alleged Marxist Conspiracy at this link.


That We May Dream Again (In Search of Justice: The 25th anniversary of the ‘Marxist Conspiracy’)

26 May 2012

Event postponed to 2 June 2012 – That We May Dream Again: Remembering the 1987 ‘Marxist Conspiracy’

17 May 2012

That We May Dream Again
Remembering the 1987 ‘Marxist Conspiracy’
Postponement of Event to be held on Saturday, 19 May 2012 at Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park

We have been informed by the police on the evening of Tuesday, 15 May that the exemption granted under the Public Entertainments and Meetings Act to Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park has been revoked with effect from 16 May to 26 May 2012 because of the upcoming by-election. A police permit is therefore required for our event on 19 May 2012.

Owing to the short notice and uncertainties in obtaining a police permit, as well as the prospect of inconvenience to our guests and contractors should the permit be refused, we are sorry that our event at Speakers’ Corner, Hong Lim Park, has to be postponed.

We deeply regret that a by-election in the single-member constituency of Hougang, has disrupted and inconvenienced Singaporeans from enjoying activities at Hong Lim Park which is not part of Hougang.

We will now hold our event on SATURDAY, 2 JUNE 2012 at 3.00 pm. The programme remains unchanged and, we hope to continue receiving your support.

We are aware that this notice may not be read by all our guests and members of the public who have made plans to be at Hong Lim Park on 19 May 2012. As organisers, we will be at Hong Lim Park to meet those who may turn up because of our inability to reach them.

The organisers,
Function 8 Limited and MARUAH
17 May 2012


That we may dream again: Chiam’s finest hour

15 May 2012

To mark the 25th anniversary of Operation Spectrum in which 15 (later 16) Singaporeans were detained under the Internal Security Act, the Singapore People’s Party with ‘Achtung! Productions’ – a student initiative – will present a staged re-enactment of the parliamentary session in which Mr Chiam See Tong, the sole opposition MP at that time, tabled a motion calling for the release of the alleged Marxist conspirators who were detained without trial.

More details here.


MARUAH commemorates 25th anniversary of ISA arrests under alleged Marxist conspiracy

15 May 2012

MARUAH commemorates 25th anniversary of ISA arrests under alleged Marxist conspiracy

On 19th May 2012, MARUAH will join several other organisations in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the arrest of 24 persons during Operation Spectrum under the Internal Security Act (ISA), for an alleged Marxist conspiracy.

The ISA allows detention without trial (for potentially indefinite periods). Prior to the 1987 arrests, the ISA was also used in 1963 (Operation Cold Store) and 1970s. Chia Thye Poh was detained for 23 years under the ISA, from 1966 to 1989. [Note: Mr Chia was placed under house arrest in Sentosa from 1989 to 1998] More recently, the ISA has been used to detain Jemaah Islamiyah alleged terrorists from 2001 onwards. None of the ISA detainees have ever been tried or convicted in a court of law.

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