The ISA allows the government to imprison anyone it deems to have “acted in a manner prejudicial to the security of Singapore”. Evidence is not required to prove that that person has acted in such a manner. All that is required is a bare allegation that a person has acted in a “manner prejudicial to the security of Singapore”.. Just take a careful look of the allegations of fact made against Tan Tee Seng below.
Is it a crime to be influenced by Vincent Cheng, Paul Lim or Tan Wah Piow? Is it a crime to attend “Organisers’ Training” programme? What was taught or learnt at such a training programme? Was Tan Tee Seng taught to carry arms? Was he in possession of bombs or any terrorist related weapons?
Tan Tee Seng was also accused of participating in activities of the Workers’ Party. The party is a legally registered political association. Surely there is nothing wrong with participating in activities of the party. And what was so wrong as participating in the Justice and Peace Commission? The Commission is set up to make peace not war.
The decision to detain Tee Seng is decided by a cabinet of ministers. All our ministers were supposedly intelligent and well educated. Why did they believe and condemn a person to prison based on a bare allegation that he had acted “prejudicial to the security of Singapore” Did they attempt to seek more evidence before depriving a person of his liberty?