The recent revelations by Dr Thum Ping Tjin About Operation Coldstore and the events surrounding the merger of Singapore and Malaya, as reported continually by The Online Citizen, remind me of Roswell.
In 1947, the US Govt was said to have recovered a crashed UFO at Roswell. For over 50 years conspiracy theorists alleged the mother of all cover-ups in human history. All the technologies we have today– microwave ovens, stealth fighters and bombers, gene therapy– were said to have originated from what the US govt harvested from that crash. Till now, the US Govt has never come clean on what was recovered at Roswell, and the conspiracy theorists have never forgiven the US Govt.
Yes, it may well be true the United Front were no communists, that the arrests of Operation Coldstore was for political and not security reasons and that the Merger and subsequent Separation did not happen for the reasons PAP portrayed them.
But so what? It’s 50 years on now, most of the Coldstore detainees are dead.
What do they want by the continual exposés? To have the PAP pay compensation to the Coldstore detainees and their families? To set up a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission? To put Lee Kuan Yew on the witness stand and charge him for crimes against humanity? To have the PAP govt of 2013 resign from power because it used illegal tactics to obtain power in 1963?
The PAP of 1963 is not the same as the PAP of 2013. More importantly, the Barisan Socialis of 2013 (now called Socialist Front) is not the Barisan Socialis of 1963, and the Worker’s Party of 2013 is not the Worker’s Party of 1963.
Even the most hardened PAP critic acknowledges that there is no alternative to a PAP govt at this time. All we have are mickey mouse opposition parties. That’s why they all call themselves ‘opposition’– because even they themselves cannot imagine that they will ever be in power. That’s why they call themselves ‘opposition’ parties and not ‘political’ parties.
While it will be interesting to see if the PAP will react to these allegations published by The Online Citizen, what is more important is for the opposition’ parties to reboot themselves, to become real political parties, challenging the PAP for power and not NCMP seats.
As Tan Jee Say said in a 2012 Straits Times interview,
“I think everybody, whoever is in politics must want to form the government. Or else how do you say that you want to implement policies to benefit the people? I mean that’s fundamental. You must have that desire to form the government.
Otherwise what’s the point? You are just shouting in Parliament, or just arguing, debating in Parliament, does it lead to anything, any benefits for people? (Forming the government) is a real thing. That is the real objective for anyone wanting to go into politics.”
Until ‘opposition’ politicians want to form a Govt and fight PAP to form a Govt, they’ll be regarded as no more than UFO conspiracy theorists– dogged yes, determined yes, willing to do whatever it takes to expose the truth yes, but basically kooks and nuts, who have no sense of what’s important in the real world.