In the memory of Francis Seow
January 21, 2016, 11:56 pm
Filed under: By Rachel Zeng, Internal Security Act

I just received the news that Francis Seow, former Solicitor-General, Law Society president and ISA detainee, has passed away. He was 88, and lived as an exile since 1988.

In his memory, I would like to share the following video interview in which he describes his views on Singapore and the Lee Kuan Yew government.

Rest in peace Mr Francis Seow, and my deepest condolences to those who hold him dear.


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Very sad news for me, too, as we got to know each other briefly when Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock was first published in April 2010. The publisher in KL sent Francis Seow a copy for advice on whether I should risk attending the Singapore launch just after the Malaysia launch when it was on the shelves of many Singapore bookstores. His advice was positive as long as it’s accurate. But we all know what happened – and it proved again that nothing is accurate in the eyes of the PAP if it conflicts with their definition of accuracy. But it was worth the short spell in Changi Prison which exposed their hypocrisy in every important corner of the world. I have all his books and my favourite is To Catch a Tartar: A Dissident in Lee Kuan Yew’s Prison. Francis Seow life and times will remain in Singapore’s history as a permanent reminder of the suffering he and many brave men and women were forced to endure under Lee Kuan Yew and his current successors.

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