Thursday, November 10, 2005

Who cares about your liberty?

The Economist reported that British lawmakers have handed Tony Blair a stinging defeat, opposing a government proposal to extend to 90 days the period for which police can hold terror suspects without charging them. In America and Australia too, anti-terror measures are causing controversy as governments struggle to reach the right balance between liberty and security.

Well, perhaps not in the Lion City where the Singapore government has a long history of holding political detainess without trial indefinitely.

One example is Chia Thye Poh, who was released from detention after 32 years. You can read about Chia's ordeal in an article titled "Singapore's gentle revolutionary" or from this blog.

Another example is Francis Seow's detention in relation to the alleged Marxist conspiracy.

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