Chin Siong died in
1996. He was very
active on the political
scene in the 1950s and part of the 1960s
until his arrest in 1963. At first
a member of the PAP,
he later left the party
to form the Barisan Socialis in 1961 with
other politicians such
as Dr Lee Siew Choh.
or against his political beliefs, the late
Lim Chin Siong, a former leader of the Barisan
Sosialis, made an impact on both his political rivals
as well as friends.
we talked about it (politics). He was glad
that Singapore has developed very well under the PAP
think he appreciates what the PAP government has been
doing but I think there's still a little bit here and
there that he doesn't agree with."
doesn't think Mr Lim regretted his part in
Singapore's past.) "He was doing what he
thought was best for the people of Singapore."
Lee Siew Choh, 79, had known Mr Lim since 1961,
when they were members of the Barisan Socialis (The
Straits Times, Feb 6, 1996)
had good regard for him. He was a dedicated
politician, but questionable because he was
left-wing. He never did anything stupid or
incorrigible and never did anything for money, and in
that way, he was clean."
Senior Minister S Rajaratnam, 82 (The Straits Times,
Feb 7, 1996)
Dr Toh Chin Chye (bowing)
paying respects. From right, the late
Mr Lim's wife, Madam Wong Chui Wan and her sons, Zi
Yi and Zi Kuan.
Chin Siong and the Communist Party played a very
important part in Singapore's political history and
if they had won, Singapore would be very different
Former Deputy Prime Minister Toh
Chin Chye, 75, said during the funeral of Mr
Lim Chin Siong in February 1996 (The Straits Times,
Feb 7, 1996)
was a very kind and sensitive person and he never
discriminated against any colour or creed."
A Mahadeva, 65, a business consultant
who had known the late Mr Lim for over 40 years (The
Straits Times, Feb 7, 1996)
irresistible tidal wave of anti-colonialism which
convulsed Singapore in the 1950s up to the mid-'60s
found in him its leading and most eloquent voice, and
I do not regret having been one of his closest
-- Former president Devan
Nair (The Straits Times, Feb 9,
is an excerpt of the obituary note on Mr Lim Chin
Siong by Mr Lee Kuan Yew. (The
Straits Times, Feb 9, 1996)
and respected him for his simple lifestyle and his
selflessness. He did not seek financial gain or
political glory. He was totally committed to the
advancement of his cause.
many of his comrades, graduates from the Chinese
middle schools, taught my colleagues and me the
meaning of dedication to a cause.
prepared to sacrifice everything for their cause, and
many did. Some lost their lives in the jungles, many
were banished to China.
of the standards of dedication they set, we, the
English-educated PAP leaders, had to set high
standards of personal integrity and spartan
lifestyles to withstand their political attacks. They
were ruthless and thorough. We became as determined
as they were in pursuing our political objectives.
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