Speeches were made by the authors, former ISA detainees Dr Lim Hock Siew, Dr Poh Soo Kai, Tan Kok Fang, and Mr Tan Jing Quee. This is probably only the second time locally that Singaporeans got to hear them speak about their ordeals and the horror they had to go through during ISA detention.
This is the comment I made during the brief Q&A session:
My name is Seelan Palay. I'm a Singaporean activist of this generation. And I'd like to start off by speaking on behalf of my current generation of local activists, that we greatly respect and honour the men sitting in front of us and also the men and women who have suffered under the PAP regime, under the ISA.
I'd like to say that history is written by people who have won only because they have cheated, and if they want to call that a victory and feel proud of it then that's their business. But I find no honour in a victory that is won by cheating, through the abuse of power, through the abuse of the law, through the complete control of the media.
And that is why I reiterate that the current government in Singapore, the PAP government, is a illegitimate government. I'd like to say that the current generation of activists will bear in mind some of the ideas of people before us and I'd like to quote Dr Lim Hock Siew: "We will never concede. Bitter sacrifice strengthens bold resolve."
We are still colonized in Singapore, previously by white men, and now by men in white. - Endquote.
I say that the PAP government is illegitimate because if the countless numbers of Singaporean men and women were not detained under the ISA, bankrupted, or humiliated in the local media over the years - the PAP may very well not be the government today.
Here is the must-see video of Dr Lim Hock Siew's speech at the launch:
And here's a report on the event by the Singapore Democratic Party.