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By Teo Soh Lung

Wong Soon Fong, former elected PAP legislative assemblyman died on 1 December in Thailand. He was 81.
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Wong joined the PAP in 1956 and was elected as a City Councillor in the same year. He left the PAP to join the Barisan Sosialis in 1961.

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On 2 Feb 1963 when Operation Coldstore saw the arrest of more than 133 members of the opposition parties, trade unionists, students and others who posed a threat to the survival of the PAP, Wong together with five other legislative assembly members, Chan Sun Wing, Leong Kling Seng, Peter Lau Por Tak, Ong Chang Sam and ST Bani were not arrested even though they were on the Special Branch list. The Internal Security Council refused to approve their arrests. However, Wong escaped to Indonesia. He left his wife and daughter in Singapore. He never expected to be exiled for more than half a century.

Wong Soon Fong had always wanted to return to Singapore. But he refused to sign a “security statement” as a condition for his return. Such a statement would require him to renounce communism. Wong had always maintained that he was involved in politics, first as a PAP member, city councillor and PAP legislative assemblyman and then as a member of the Barisan Sosialis. It was because he was forced to escape Singapore, that compelled him to join the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM).

In Eastern Europe, communism collapsed in the late 1980s. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was time to welcome peace, regardless of political beliefs. Thailand, Malaysia and the CPM signed the Hat Yai Peace Agreement on 2 Dec 1989. Hundreds of Malaysians were allowed to return home. Singapore however refused to be a signatory to the agreement and that prevented 26 Singaporeans from returning home.

The Thai government granted citizenship to these 26 Singaporeans, including Wong and gave them the land upon which they lived on as CPM members. The Thai government also built houses for them and gave them money to start life as farmers. They grew rubber trees and planted crops. Princess Chulaphorn became the patron of the village which is called Chulaphorn Peace Village.

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Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Hat Yai Peace Agreement.

No thanks to the Singapore government which will continue to deprive Singaporeans of their right to return home without conditions. I am told that the Singapore government would not even allow their ashes to be buried in Singapore. This, according to a source, had happened to a CPM member who died in Thailand.

 

I don’t know if the government would take a similar stand with regard to the ashes of Wong Soon Fong. He supported the PAP and was elected as PAP assemblyman and city councillor. He had contributed to the achievements of the PAP and to Singapore. The family may wish to apply to the relevant authority for his ashes to be flown home. If permission is not granted, then the Singapore government can pride itself as being afraid of the dead . If permission is given, may Wong Soon Fong find peace in his beloved Singapore.

Related web site:

1.Chulaphorn Peace Village

https://www.facebook.com/Chulaborn9/

 

2. 《人民呼声论坛》(renminhushengluntan):《沉痛悼念马来亚共产党员、新加坡前市议员、大巴窑区国会议员黄信芳老前辈逝世!》
https://renminglishiziliaoaku.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/

3. 《人民呼声论坛》(renminhushengluntan):诗人怀鹰:《写给黄信芳》
https://renminglishiziliaoaku.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/

 

 

 

退休律师-张素兰:

亲人的团聚会梦想成真吗?

黄信芳,前人民行动党市议会议员、社阵国会议员,于2015年12日1日在泰国(合艾第9和平村)逝世。享年81岁。index

他在1956 年加入人民行动党,并在同年当选为新加坡是议会议员。他在1961年退出人民行动党加入新加坡社会主义阵线(简称:“社阵”。)

在1963年2月2日的“冷藏行动”时,眼见超过133名反对党、职工会成员、学生和其他被视为威胁人民行动党生存的人被捕,黄信芳与其他5位被捕的立法议会议员陈新荣(Chan Sun Wing)、梁景胜( Leong Kling Seng)、刘波德( Peter Lau Por Tak)、王清杉 (Ong Chang Sam)和S.T.巴尼( ST Bani)当时以为自己的名字已经在政治部的逮捕名单上了。当时,当时内部安全委员会不批准对他们的逮捕。无论如何,黄信芳离开了自己的妻子和女儿被迫逃亡到印度尼西亚。这一走就是超过半个世纪。这是他自己未曾想到的。

黄信芳一直坚持要回返新加坡与亲人团聚。但是,他拒绝签署任何“安全声明”作为回返新加坡的条件,这样的“安全声明”是要他谴责共产主义。黄信芳长期以来一直坚持自己是参与了政治活动。最早时期是人民行动党党员、负责市区支部的联络工作、人民行动党立法议会议员和社会主义阵线的党员。由于他是被迫逃出新加坡而迫使他在毫无选择的情况下加入了马来亚共产党。

在上个世纪1980年代,在德国巴林围墙倒下,东欧的社会主义国家(即一苏联为首的“华沙集团”)瓦解。在这是不分任何政治信仰者迎接和平的时刻,泰国政府、马来西亚政府和马来亚共产党三方于1989年12月2日在泰国的合艾市签署了《合艾和平协议》.数以百计马来西亚国籍的马来亚共产党党员在《合艾和平协议》下获准回返马来西亚定居。新加坡政府为了不让26名新加坡国籍的马来共产党党员回返新加坡定居而拒绝签署这份的协议。
为此,泰国政府办法了泰国公民权给予包括黄信芳在内的26名新加坡国籍的马来亚共产党党员,同时也给了土地。这些土地上当时马来亚共产党党员当时活动的地区。泰国政府也为他们提供了住房和给予经济援助,让他们开始过左农民的新生活。目前他们居住在这地区就是叫“邦朗和平村”。(或称:“朱拉逢公主第九发展村”)

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今天是《合艾和平协议》签署26周年的纪念日。

我们不满新加坡政府继续坚持剥夺了这批新加坡国籍的新加坡无条件回返新加坡的权利。据所知,这种拒绝这批新加坡回返新加坡的情况已经发生在其他往生在泰国的马来亚共产党党员。

我不知道,政府是否会采取同样的立场看对待已故黄信芳的骨灰回返新加坡安置吗?他曾经支持人民行动党召集人之一并当选为市议会议员。他曾经为人民行动党和新加坡做出来贡献。已故黄信芳家属期盼有关当局能够准许其骨灰回返新加坡安置。假设这样期盼无法获得实现,那么,新加坡政府可以自豪的说,他说恐惧症为往生者。假设,新加坡政府核准已故黄信芳的骨灰回返新加坡,我们衷心祝愿他能够安息在自己亲爱的祖国。

相关链接:

黄信芳同志追悼会现场录像网址:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg7-z1AxgNA&feature=share

1.“邦朗和平村”网站://www.facebook.com/Chulaborn9/

2.《人民呼声论坛》:《沉痛悼念马来亚共产党员、新加坡前市议员、大巴窑区国会议员黄信芳老前辈逝世!》
https://renminglishiziliaoaku.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/

3. 《人民呼声论坛》:诗人怀鹰:《写给黄信芳》
https://renminglishiziliaoaku.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/

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