Function 8 regrets that it has no choice but to cancel the following events planned for Sunday, 26 August 2012 at the Substation:
Reading of the play Square Moon written by Wong Souk Yee;
Launch of our new publications
• Escape from the Lion’s Paw, Reflections of Singapore’s Political Exiles, edited by Teo Soh
Lung and Low Yit Leng, and
• Smokescreens and Mirrors: Tracing the ‘Marxist Conspiracy’ by Tan Wah Piow.
In addition, the play Square Moon originally commissioned for a festival next year has now been taken off the programme, based on the advice of the National Arts Council.
Function 8 is greatly disappointed by the turn of events as we have been informed that the government‐funded venues and support for these events will no longer be available to us. On this note, we register our disquiet at the uncalled‐for interference by the authorities.
We apologise to all who have helped, contributed and registered to attend these events for any inconvenience caused. We seek your understanding and continued support.
We are grateful to the relevant venue providers and event organisers who have put in time and effort in the first place. We remain optimistic that there will come a day when organisers of similar events will have greater freedom to carry out such undertakings and bring about an “open and all inclusive society” so often spoken of by our prime minister.
21 August 2012