Interview with Dr Lim Hock Siew and Dr Poh Soo Kai, contributors to the book “The Fajar Generation”
November 17, 2009 by Amanda Lian
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By Amanda Lian
After the official book launch of “The Fajar Generation”, Temasek Review managed to snatch some personal time with Dr. Lim Hock Siew (LHS) and Dr. Poh Soo Kai (PSK). During this time, we managed to get some books autographed by them while at the same point, ask them a few questions.
TR: Thanks for taking time away from The Fajar Generation’s exciting book launch to correspond with Temasek Review. Can you briefly describe for our readers what you hope the book would relate to that is not yet done so by other authors in the same genre?
PSK: While others say that you cannot rewrite history, we are relating history in a way where others have not experienced before. Simply put, retelling the history of that period in our own words, experiences and recollections. This is what we call, “Victor’s history”.
TR: How do you feel about the current government policies in place, namely in Singapore?
LHS: For another Fajar Generation to emerge, the ISA of Singapore needs to be removed.
TR: Where did the Fajar Generation idea come from?
LHS: I was considered part of the Fajar Generation, and while I am honoured to be known as that, I am not a part of the original Fajar 8. We just want to relate what we have been through and also, let others in on the other side of Singapore.
TR: What do you feel about the book, and do you have any plans to launch other books on similar topics in the near future?
PSK: Very happy!
LHS: We are happy and we have other books in our plans which will be launched in the future.
TR: If all goes well with the Fajar Generation’s book launch which already was in my opinion as all the books are sold out, how would the younger generation benefit from this book?
PSK: They will learn about what the Fajar Generation has done, know the true history of Singapore and decide for themselves with an open mind.
That was all an enlightening experience of the whole event. While we sip our next cup of drink, why not, spend the time to think back about these interesting questions and answers for yourselves?
Watch a video recording of Dr Lim’s speech here