Friday, April 25, 2014

A Heart For Truth

If there's one good reason for writing her book "A Heart For Freedom", it is on page 262. Six years after the 1989 event, the mainstream media (Washington Post, New York Times) had shifted the responsibility for the Tiananmen massacre from the Chinese government to the students. For Chai Ling, the bottom line about Tiananmen is that student leaders had never expected, hoped for, or anticipated the Chinese government would actually open fire on its own citizens. She led an orderly withdrawal from the Square, but the solders had already started shooting on the western side of the city, where citizens of Beijing took to the streets in protest. Write she must, "so that the next movement could be grounded in truth, not based on cover-up lies by the government".

Even when she had earned a Havard degree after escaping to America, employers there were afraid her association - she was one of the "21 Most Wanted " students at Tiananmen Square - would affect their China business. Younger sister graduated top of her class in medical school, but was not allowed to practice medicine in China because of Chai Ling's involvement. Her father, who joined her in America in 1996, was given a special message from China, "If Chai Ling continues to join the movement, there will not be any good consequences for all of you".

We don't know what kind of pressure Dinesh Raman's mother faced when she decided to throw in the towel and relinquish all claims, disputes, issues and matters whatsoever relating to, arising from or in connection with the untimely death of their son while under custody of the state. We do know she was not in court when the "amicable settlement" was read. She probably didn't want to hear the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) running him down as a secret society member who did not complete his O-levels. Little do the officials understand about the love of a mother.

The authorities may think that the financial settlement - a sum that is not disclosed - will effect closure, but history is not complete until the final story is told.
Tiananmen 1989, NOT Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza

16 comments:

  1. What is so secretive about the settlement that they can't even reveal to the public when actually our public funds are paying for it or unless our PM is paying from his own pocket?

    What happen to PAP's hallmark of transparency, gone to the drains? What if they are compensating millions of dollars for the family and keeping quiet about the whole thing? Doesn't the public have a right to know what magnitude of mistake in dollar terms the PAP Govt is making?

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    1. PAP's hallmark of transparency ? It was heading for the longkang after Goh became PM and finally swept away for good by LHL...one of his "skills" in engineering Singapore towards 3rd world but the most expensive to live.

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  2. Civil service is behaving like some Wall Street bankster: they are in effect saying: "see, we can commit crime under broad daylight and none of us anywhere near the top need ever be censured for it or go to court or even appear before parliament to answer questions. We can avoid censure simply by making you, the taxpayers pay for the settlement of the crime committed "on behalf of the state". You the taxpayers, you have the right to pay and remain silent".

    All very commercial like an arrogant octopus squid of Goldman Sachs or the London whales of JP Morgan. Only one small detail: Wall Street crimes usually don't involve taking a life. Papigs are indeed more powderful than squids and whales.

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  3. I reckon that taxpayers paid at least a million for the blunder of a prison officer who was fined only 10000. Members have their privileges. Think woffles wolf and quanyifeng.

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  4. Does this sound like the way PAP treats Singaporeans?

    QUOTE:
    "Well consider that in the history of many worlds there have always been disposable creatures. They do the dirty work. They do the work that no one else wants to do because its too difficult or too hazardous. And an army of Datas ... all disposable. You don't have to think about their welfare, you don't have to think about how they feel. Whole generations of disposable people."

    SOURCE:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f0hns2AVW0

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    1. Are LKY's digits the same as "disposable people" in the above?

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    2. We, the citizens of Singapore pledge to be one united people, and live harmoniously with people of different races and religions, so as to achieve happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation//

      IT says to attain happiness, prosperity and progress for 'our nation'..did it say for 'our people'? Which part didn't you understand?

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    3. You mean you can have a nation without people?
      What part of nation don't Yew understand?

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    4. Wah! According to the PAPig @ 6.20pm;
      The nation (i.e. PAPigs) can be happy without Singaporeans being happy.

      So the Singapore pledge is not really a Singaporean pledge.
      It is a PAPig pledge.
      Singaporeans' job is to "achieve happiness, prosperity and progress" for PAP only.

      How to vote for this type of people?
      You daft ah?
      Vote them out!

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  5. If the communist PRC government has done nothing wrong;
    Why so scared about further discussion on Tiananmen Square?

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    1. the PRC govenment should bring closure to the Tianamen incident by inviting LKY to chair the discussion with their citizens before LKY himself proceeds to the next world to meet Mao and Deng.

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    2. See how the same sentiments can equally apply to us :-
      The PAP govenment should bring closure to the Operation Coldstore incident by inviting LKY to chair the discussion with our citizens before LKY himself proceeds to the next world to meet Dr.Lim & Others.

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  6. I'm just wondering if and only if...a prison officer died after a scuffle with eight prisoners following what was described as a fierce struggle lasting thirty minutes. Next comes the verdict...a prisoner was convicted of Negligence not Amounting to Culpable Homicide and fined S$10,000. The remaining seven prisoners faced internal disciplinary proceedings which have not been made public. What say you guys? Any chance the law work both ways? Possible?

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    1. good point.
      Any chance we will be earning million dollar salaries just to keep us honest?

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  7. Why do I keep hearing the Godfather theme? - "Make them an offer they can't refuse".

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  8. its not always about money.

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