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Operation Coldstore: How Lee Kuan Yew Destroyed Singapore’s Left-Wing

Dr Poh Soo Kai, Founding Member, People's Action Party (PAP) & Barisan Sosialis

21-Feb-23 15:00

Operation Coldstore: How Lee Kuan Yew Destroyed Singapore’s Left-Wing

In February 1963, the Singapore government, under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew, launched a covert operation, which led to the arrest of 113 left-wing political players and activists, all of whom were detained without trial. This operation was called Operation Coldstore. 

One of the victims of the operation was Dr Poh Soo Kai, one of the founding members of PAP and later, Barisan Sosialis. Under the Internal Security Act (ISA), Dr Poh was placed behind bars for more than 20 years. 

Dr Poh joins us on the show today to discuss Operation Coldstore and how it shaped Singapore.

Podcast Image credit: Mariam Mokhtar YouTube

Produced by: Dashran Yohan

Presented by: Dashran Yohan

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Categories:  politicsinternational

Tags:  the bigger picturebeyond the ballot boxsingaporepoliticspeople's action partypapbarisan sosialissocial justicelee kuan yew

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