Message from Tang Fong Har

Dear Soh Lung,

I regret that I cannot be here with you today, but I am so proud that you have written about your experience behind the Blue Gate. This book will show Singaporeans how an authoritarian government made use of the Internal Security Act to suppress and oppress dissenting voices. The draconian and archaic ISA was put into place by our colonial masters, the British to oppress the natives, and it has no place in modern Singapore society.

If your book acts as a catalyst towards the abolition of the ISA, then you have contributed to a more democratic and humane Singapore.

Tang Fong Har

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