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30/03/10

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致全体反对党支持者公开信
星期一,2010年3月29日
徐顺全

海峡时报和联合早报(2010年3月29日)的新闻引用罗文丽女士(詹时中的妻子)的话,说是我把詹时中排挤出新加坡民主党。报道也引用了她对我的一些并不正确的评语。

2010年2月28日刊登的联合早报对我的采访里,我曾说有数名中委曾不断的尝试说服詹先生不要辞去党秘书长,因为我们依旧把他视为领袖。

我补充说在党领导层如林孝谆先生的眼里,詹先生的地位从没有受到挑战,我们只是期待他能够更为民主。

即便是有丰富的想象力,也不能把这些言词看成是在对詹先生进行攻击。我只是重述实际发生过的事件,那就是,詹先生的同僚曾说服他回来,因为我们还是要他继续当领袖。

然而,为了这些言词詹文丽夫人对我展开人身攻击,指责我逼走詹先生。

我是在相当的自我约束情况下说明导致詹先生辞去秘书长以及后来被逐出党的一些事端。

比如,今日报记者罗志光先生(音译)在2009年2月用电邮向我询问对詹先生的评论有何看法,詹说新加坡民主党在进行‘有阴谋意识与摧毁性政治’以及他是被迫出民主党,我回应了罗先生:

‘我不希望我个人和我的党被你牵进一场和其他反对党相互抹黑的竞赛’。

同时,我也书面向詹先生指出他的评论是‘不正确也没有必要的’。

我也同时指出‘我们对你(詹先生)并没有恶意,我们祝福你,你的家庭和新加坡人民党,我们期望合作,我们不要和的其他反对党伙伴进行对抗’。

今日报还是发表了这篇新闻。当我对该新闻作出回应时,我对詹先生的批评还是很克制的,也继续祝福他。我只是要澄清有关记事,那就是,我并没有迫走他。

2009年新加坡革新党的晚宴上,我和詹先生打招呼并祝福他。

我出席了他当国会议员的25周年晚宴,因为我对他没有怨恨,我也期待他亦有如此心态。

新加坡民主党在2008年和2009年举办了两场公开论坛,我们邀请所有反对党领袖,包括詹先生,一起探讨看看我们如何共同合作。我们也邀请他出席我们的30周年晚宴。

我做这些事情是因为我希望詹先生能捐弃前嫌。

很不幸的,海峡时报,联合早报和我报在今天突发登载了这则詹文丽夫人对我的一连串不实的人身攻击。这是再次的在水井里下毒。

这必须受到制止。人民行动党和它的媒体长久以来把我妖魔化。我遭受到逼走詹先生的谴责,这是一个天大的谎言。记录册会证实这一点。

我在回应这些对我的批评时尽力克制,因为我期望这些陈年往事能停留在历史里,这样一来我们可以向前看,集中在为新加坡争取民主。

有赖于接下来几天的发展状况,或许有必要重提詹先生退出新加坡民主党的事端以正视听。

我说‘或许’因为即便是在现阶级,我还是希望事情会有转机以避免我和詹夫人的公开冲突。显然的,事件的主动权是在她的手上。

我要停止这些由人民行动党和媒体传播的谎话,那就是,我加入民主党,之后忘恩负义地篡夺詹先生的领袖地位。没有什么比这更不符合事实。

这其中有很多细节是到目前为止新加坡人都还不知道的事,因为在过去,这些事情都让报业控股给模糊了或者隐瞒了。

有些时候,人是需要有很大的勇气去避免一场斗争,然而,在另一些时候却是更有必要改而去正面的对着指控者说:不要再胡闹了。

我只希望反对党的支持者知道并且了解,新加坡民主党是有必要去维护自已。当我们对其他反对党作自我克制的公开评论时,我们也在期待他们会如此的回应我们。

毫无疑问的,人民行动党的媒体会尽情煽动这件事以从中得益。但新加坡民主党不会永远处于接受的一方。到了某一个程度时我们不可能持续沉默无言。那一个时刻就在前方。

读者回应之一:
Tue 30 Mar 2010 9:53 AM | | alex tan:

尊敬的徐博士

如果詹夫人在无意中冒犯了你,我向你致歉,但请相信,她并没有意图对你展开人身攻击。带来这种局面的是一篇耸人听闻的海峡时报报道,这是位例133名的报业投股的报纸,是要挑拨离间我们的政党。

请再详细阅读华文早报里Yew Lun Tian对詹夫人的访问,不要理睬海峡时报的歪曲报道。

这是一个17年的陈年老帐,和普通新加坡人的日常生活毫无关系。

我们投身政治是为了服务新加坡人,我们希望人们会记得,新加坡民主党和新加坡人民党都是通过渐进政治带领新加坡和新加坡人向前迈进,並不是陷入倒退的为小事争吵从而远离了民主议程。

徐博士,我很感激你,你为了从事反对党事业做出了许多牺牲,我向你致敬。

敬祈

Alex Tan

投票支持改革
投票推翻人民行动党

原文来源:http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/3550-an-open-letter-to-all-opposition-supporters

An open letter to all opposition supporters
Monday, 29 March 2010
Chee Soon Juan

The report in the Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao (29 Mar 10) quoted Ms Lina Loh (Mr Chiam See Tong’s wife) as saying that I was the one who ousted Mr Chiam from the SDP. The report also quoted her as making other remarks about me that were untrue.

In my interview with Lianhe Zaobao published on 28 Feb 10, I had said that several CEC members had repeatedly tried to persuade Mr Chiam not to resign as secretary-general of the party because we still saw him as the leader.

I added that even in the eyes of party leaders like Mr Ling How Doong, Mr Chiam’s position was never challenged but we just wished he could be more democratic.

This cannot be seen, by any stretch of the imagination, to be statements attacking Mr Chiam. I was relating what really took place, namely, that Mr Chiam’s colleagues persuaded him to return because we still wanted to see him continue on as leader.

But in response to my statements Mrs Lina Chiam has launched a very personal attack against me, accusing me of ousting Mr Chiam.

I have exercised utmost restraint in highlighting some of the issues that led up to Mr Chiam’s resignation as secretary-general and subsequent expulsion from the party.

For example, when the Today journalist Mr Loh Chee Kong emailed me in February 2009 asking for my response to Mr Chiam’s comments that the SDP was engaging in “conspiratorial and destructive politics” and that he was “forced out” of the party, I replied to Mr Loh:

“I have no desire to let myself and my party be dragged by you into a mud-slinging match with another opposition party.”

At the same time I wrote to Mr Chiam pointing out that his remarks “inaccurate and uncalled for.”

I then added that “We bear no ill-will towards you (Mr Chiam) and we wish only the best for you, your family and the Singapore Peoples’ Party. We seek cooperation, not confrontation, with our fellow opposition parties.”

Today went ahead and published the report anyway. Even then, in my reply to the article I refrained from criticising Mr Chiam and continued to wish him well. I only wanted to set the record straight that I did not oust him.

At the Reform Party dinner in 2009, I approached Mr Chiam to wish him well.

I attended his 25th anniversary dinner as an MP because I bore him no grudge and I was hoping the same from him.

The Singapore Democrats had even organised two public forums in 2008 and 2009 where we invited all the opposition party leaders, including Mr Chiam, to see how we could cooperate. We also invited him to our 30th anniversary dinner.

I did all this in the hope of burying the hatchet with Mr Chiam.

Unfortunately today’s outburst published in the Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and My Paper where Mrs Lina Chiam made a host of personal attacks against me were untrue. It has poisoned the well again.

This must stop. I have been demonised by the PAP and its media for long enough. I have been accused of ousting Mr Chiam which is a blatant lie. Records will show this.

I have refrained from answering my critics on this matter because I was hoping that the past would remain where it belongs, and that we can look ahead and focus on our fight for a democratic Singapore.

Depending on the developments over the next day or so, it may be necessary to set the record straight over the episode of Mr Chiam’s departure from the SDP.

I say “may be” because even at this late stage I am hoping that something can still be done to avert any open clash with Mrs Chiam. Suffice it to say that the ball is in her court.

I want to put a stop to the lies propagated by the PAP and the media that I had entered the SDP and ungratefully usurped Mr Chiam’s position as leader. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There are many details that hitherto Singaporeans do not know because they have been obscured or covered by the SPH in the past.

Sometimes it takes more courage to walk away from a fight. But there comes a time when one has to turn around and face one’s accusers and say “No more.”

I only wish for opposition supporters to know and understand that the SDP must defend itself. While we have refrained from open criticism of others in the opposition, that gesture must be reciprocated.

There is no doubt that the PAP’s media is fanning this matter for all its worth. But the SDP cannot always be the only one to see this. At some point we cannot avoid speaking up. That point is very near.

Comment

Tue 30 Mar 2010 9:53 AM | | alex tan – Straits Times – the demon
Dear Dr Chee

I’m sorry if Mrs Chiam has unknowingly offended you in a way or another but please rest assured she did not intend to launch any personal attack to you. This is all a result of the sensationalized Straits Times reporting by 133th SPH to drive a wedge between our parties.

Please go through the original interview in Chinese by Zaobao Yew Lun Tian with Mrs Chiam and not be taken in by the skewed reporting from Straits Times.

This is a 17 year old issue which has nothing to do with the business of Singaporeans.

We are in politics to serve Singaporeans and we hope SDP and SPP gets remembered for Progressive Politics which bring Singapore and Singaporeans forward, and not into regressive one peppered with petty quarrellings that brings us away from Democracy.

Dr Chee I thank you for all the sacrifices for the Opposition cause, you have my salute.

regards
Alex Tan

vote for Change
vote the PAP out

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