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© Richard Seah
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The thick bushy eyebrows point to vigour and vitality. This was once a strong man.

There is a reason for the sad look on his face. This picture was shot on 2 February 2013 at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of Operation Cold Store - codename for a government action that resulted in over 100 people being arrested and detained without trail under the Internal Security Act.

Those detained were branded “communists” and “dangerous”. They included Chia Thye Poh - not Nelson Mandela - who hold's the world record for being the world's longest kept political prisoner. He was imprisoned for 23 years and kept under house arrest for another 9 years.

Like many Singaporeans, I grew up believing the government's reasons for their arrest and detention. Until the Internet, Facebook and YouTube came along, and I listened to some of these people speak. I now feel that they merely held different political viewpoints. No. I don't think there were dangerous communists out to create havoc and destruction.

There were lots of old folks in their 80s and beyond at the commemoration, held at Hong Lim Park, Singapore's "Speaker's Corner", the only place where public demonstrations and events such as this could be held.

I don't know who this man is. But I believe many in the audience were former political detainees, or their friends / relatives.

He must be quite closely associated with the group. One of my Facebook buddies recognise him for having attended a memorial service last year for Singapore's second longest ex- political detainee, Dr Lim Hock Siew.

Some have died.

Others have wilted.

Their spirits live on.

24 responses

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (12 Feb 2013):

    An excellent entry and documentary for this theme. The truth is gradually being told, sadly, sometimes it is better late than never!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (12 Feb 2013):

    powerful in every way

  • Brendan Kelly

    Brendan Kelly (Deleted) gave props (12 Feb 2013):

    Very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (12 Feb 2013):

    Very powerful and wonderfully captured!

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (13 Feb 2013):

    AAAAAAAAAAA ++++++++++

  • Mary VanSinclair

    Mary VanSinclair gave props (13 Feb 2013):

    Absolutely wonderful Richard. Perfect on all levels. Bravo!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey   gave props (16 Feb 2013):

    Poignant & Powerful.

  • Novak Nastasić

    Novak Nastasić   gave props (17 Feb 2013):

    Great portrait!

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira   gave props (17 Feb 2013):

    Brilliant work!

  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (17 Feb 2013):

    lively shot

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (17 Feb 2013):

    wonderful portrait!

  • chuck vona

    chuck vona   gave props (20 Feb 2013):

    Perfect in every way

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (21 Feb 2013):

    Terrific story and portrait Richard...The composition, the sadness in his eyes!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (22 Feb 2013):

    Marvelous portrait!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson   gave props (22 Feb 2013):

    Brilliant work.

  • Pablo Barilari

    Pablo Barilari gave props (22 Feb 2013):

    Love this Pic...AAAAA

  • rob castro

    rob castro gave props (23 Feb 2013):

    I dig this

  • David Adler

    David Adler gave props (26 Feb 2013):

    Terrific portrait--bespeaks eloquently of memory and sorrow.

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi   gave props (28 Feb 2013):

    Fantastic.

  • ROCIO GUILLEN

    ROCIO GUILLEN   gave props (2 Mar 2013):

    Excellent portrait! Beautiful composition!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (4 Mar 2013):

    wonderful and congrats on making the JPG blog!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (4 Mar 2013):

    Congrats on the blog Richard. An amazing story and photo!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (5 Mar 2013):

    Wow, this is really incredible, Richard. So full of emotion. Just beautiful.

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