Statement of Ex-Detainees of ‘Operation Spectrum’

On 18 April 1988, nine ex-detainees (Teo Soh Lung, Kevin De Souza, Tang Lay Lee, Ng Bee Leng, William Yap, Kenneth Tsang, Wong Souk Yee, Chng Suan Tze and Tang Fong Har) issued a joint statement:

  1. denying the Government’s allegation of their involvement in the Marxist Conspiracy
  2. asserting that they were ill-treated while under detention in 1987 and
  3. stating that their TV ‘confessions’ in the 2-part ‘documentary’ were made under coercion.

The following day, all the signatories except Tang Fong Har, who was then in UK, were arrested by the ISD. A lawyer (Patrick Seong) who acted for several of the detainees in 1987 was also arrested on the same day.

On 20 April 1988 then DPM Goh Chok Tong in a press conference promised to set up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the detainees’ allegations of ill-treatment.

Ten days later, the Government release a statement that it will not set up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the allegations of ill-treatment.

On 6 May 1988, lawyer Francis Seow who acted for two of the detainees was arrested.

You can read the statement issued by the nine ex-detainees of ‘Operation Spectrum’ below (Click on the 1st image):

JS Pg1  JS Pg2  JS Pg3


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