ABOUT THE BOOK/
Genre: Political History
In the early morning of 21 May 1987, sixteen Singaporeans were arrested under the Internal Security Act of Singapore. The Act legitimizes detention without trial. In the weeks that followed, another six were detained under the same Act.
Among those arrested were professionals, students and, workers from the Catholic Church in Singapore. Most were social activists who championed the cause of the disadvantaged in society and were concerned with issues of peace and social justice.
The Singapore government alleged that the detainees were part of a
‘Marxist conspiracy’ aimed at subverting the existing social and political
system in Singapore through the use of communist united front tactics.
Over three years, all these detainees were gradually released, most with Restriction Orders imposed on them for a significant period of time.
Four years ago, some of the ex-detainees from the Catholic Church groups recounted together with their families and friends, their thoughts from those tumultuous years in a book. Today, on the 25th anniversary of that event, more of those who lived through those dark days have added their voices, private stories and reflections of that incident, resulting in this second edition of That We May Dream Again.
The new stories speak more extensively of bewilderment and sadness as formal institutions retreated while friends and families rallied. They speak of the difficulty of being asked to “move on” without proper reconciliation. What is unspoken, but which comes through with ultra clarity is the quiet strength and creative flexibility which the writers have marshalled as they continue their unending quest to “… love tenderly, to act justly and to walk humbly with the Lord, our God.”
Foreword to the first edition
Publisher’s note: Why a second edition?
Persecuted for justice’s sake — Vincent Cheng
Citizen of the world — Tang Lay Lee
The knock on the door — Kevin de Souza
21 May and today — Lucy Tan
Dare to dream — Christina Tseng
Looking back after 21 years — Joseph Ng
Two very important persons — Theresa Yeo
A family suffers — Nicholas Cheng
Memory — Ann Ng
Where is the Church? — Christina Dorett
Working for justice — Christine Tse
Spectrum: disciplining or operationalising difference? — Alvin Tan
The hope beyond — Catherine Whewell
Chronology of events: 1987–1990
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