Singapore’s second longest-held political detainee Dr Lim Hock Siew has passed away
Posted by temasektimes on June 5, 2012
Dr Lim co-founded the PAP in 1954 together with former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Toh Chin Chye, Goh Keng Swee and other Old Guards of the PAP.
In 1961, he left the PAP to form the Barisan Sosialis. On 2 February 1963, he was arrested and imprisoned during a raid known as ‘Operation Cold Store’ and subsequently detained for 19 years under the Internal Security Act.
Dr Lim was accused of being a communist which he had fervently denied throughout the years though he was never officially charged for any offence. He was released on Sept 6 1982 after which he set up his own private practice ‘Rakyat Clinic’ along Balestier Road.
In a speech made in 2009 years at the launch of a book he co-authored – ‘The Fajar Generation’, Dr Lim recalled the difficult conditions he had to endure during his years of detention.
The longest-held political detainee in Singapore is former Barisan MP Chye Thia Poh who was detained for 32 years without trial. He is currently residing in Germany.
The Barisan Sosialist ceased to exist after it merged with the Workers Party in 1988.