Teo Soh Lung



  • Teo Soh Lung, then 38, was a lawyer and managing partner of Teo Lai & Lee. The firm believed that no one should be deprived of legal help so it gave free service to the poor and foreign workers.
  • In the Singapore Law Society, Soh Lung chaired a legislation sub-committee which commented on bills and made recommendations to the government. She was also a founder member of the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme.
  • Forced to close down her law firm when she was imprisoned under the ISA, she re-established her sole law practice a year after her release in 1991.

 Current Status 

  • Soh Lung retired from legal practice in 2007
  • Since then, she has co-edited a book of poems and prose on imprisonment and exile and written about her detention experiences in Beyond the Blue Gate – Recollections of a Political Prisoner.

“The strength of dictators lies in the fear generated in the people”


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