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改变的时代与(1963年2月2日)《冷藏行动》 张素兰 Changing Times and Operation Coldstore By Teo Soh Lung

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改变的时代与(1963年2月2日)《冷藏行动》
张素兰

2012年春茗聚餐会

我正在整理自己的书架时,我发现了一张在2012年华人传统农历初三的午餐聚会的照片。为此,让我感到这个节日的意义性和重要性是多么的有意义的。这个日子存在的意义性和重要性在于它揭示了具有保留的价值和一个时代的转变。

这个农历初三的春茗聚餐会是由已故林清祥先生所发起的。依据陈国防先生的回顾,已故林清祥先生希望那些能够让那些在冷藏行动下遭受痛苦的战友聚集在一块儿。
当时这个春茗聚餐会只局限于那些在内部安全下被捕幸存的受华文教育的被捕者。到了2011年在内部安全法令下被捕幸存的受英文教育者以及积极分子才第一次受邀参加。

为与会嘉宾拍照是极其乏味的差事。聚餐会开始时我们是坐在一位朋友傍边。这是简易的事。在接下来安排几张桌子的嘉宾是相当困难的。安排工作进行的相当缓慢。因为我们不大肯定他们是否会忌讳我们进行拍摄工作。对我们而言是非常幸运的。庄明湖迅速走过来为我们安排了有关的座位。庄明湖是一位很好的领导者。
遗憾的是张凯雄错过了这次春茗聚餐会的大部分美好时光。

这几张照片是拍摄了在2012年2月1日的春茗聚餐会上。这或许是我的历史敏锐感觉让我请了一位参与此聚餐会的朋友张凯雄为我拍摄一张照片留念。我并不知道自己的这个举动给与会者当时的反应如何?

我并没有看到任何过去几年举行过的春茗聚餐会的任何照片。我也不知道与会者是不是会因为我这样的举动而在过后感到不安或者不满。因为这是他们自己举办的聚餐会,我们只是受邀的嘉宾吧了。 我告诉张凯雄,假设有任何与会者不认可我拍的照片,他必须把照片删除,以免造成不必要的麻烦。

我为张凯雄拍摄了这些照片而感到骄傲。这些照片包括了已故尊敬的林福寿医生。遗憾的是,尊敬的林福寿医生在2012年6月4日诀别了。我庆幸能够拥有这些珍贵的照片。

时代已经不同了。冷藏行动的幸存者已经不再忌讳在任何的聚会场所被人拍摄照片了。2013年2月2日在芳林公园举行的纪念1963年2月2日冷藏行动50周年纪念聚会是,我们甚至把聚会的现场的盛况拍摄成录像并上载到社交媒体网站上。

2016年2月2日是冷藏行动53周年纪念日。今年也是已故林清祥先生逝世20周年纪念。林清祥先生是在1996年2月5日往生的。今年将举行的春茗聚餐会,对于已故林清祥先生的战友来说将会显得更加有意义。

 

Changing Times and Operation Coldstore
By Teo Soh Lung

Clearing my bookshelves, I chance upon an album of photographs taken at the customary Day 3 Lunar New Year lunch in 2012. I was suddenly struck by the importance and significance of the photos. They were a valuable record of time and change.

The tradition of having lunch on the third day of the lunar new year was started by the late Mr Lim Chin Siong. According to Mr Tan Kok Fang, Mr Lim wanted to gather together all those who have suffered under Operation Coldstore. The lunch was restricted to Chinese educated survivors of the ISA until 2011 when for the first time, the English educated ISA survivors and activists were invited.

The album contains photos taken at the lunch on 1 Feb 2012. It was perhaps my sense of history that made me ask a friend, Kai Xiong to take photographs at the lunch. I was not sure of the reaction of the guests. I didn’t see any photography in the previous year. I wasn’t sure if the guests would be upset or angry for after all, it was their lunch party and we were merely guests. I recall telling Kai Xiong that if any guest should object, he should just move away to avoid trouble!

Photographing the guests was tedious. We started off with the table where a friend was seated. That was easy. The guests at the subsequent tables were difficult to organise. It was very slow because we were unsure if they would mind us taking photos. Luckily for us, Zhuang Minh Oh stepped forward and he organised the tables quite quickly. He was indeed a good leader. Still, Kai Xiong missed the major part of his lunch!

I am very grateful to Kai Xiong for taking these photographs. There were some lovely shots of the Late Dr Lim Hock Siew. Sadly, Dr Lim passed away on 4th June that year. We were fortunate to have these photos.

Times have changed. Survivors of Operation Coldstore today do not mind being photographed on any occasion. At the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Operation Coldstore at Hong Lim Park on 2 Feb 2013, we were even able to make videos of the event and have them posted online.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Mr Lim Chin Siong. He passed away on 5 Feb 1996. The lunar new year lunch will be of special significance to his friends. 2 Feb 2016 will be the 53rd anniversary of Operation Coldstore.

RELATED LINK相关链接:

1. 纪念冷藏行动50周年芳林公园集会视频
The 50th anniversary of Operation Coldstore at Hong Lim Park on 2 Feb 2013:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y2tQZgP2CI&feature=youtu.be

2. 相见欢、叙旧情、话当年、歌声回荡!-记2015年记2015年2月21日农历羊年《老友春茗》聚餐会 (补充版- 《老友春茗》聚餐录像)The customary Day 3 Lunar New Year lunch in 2015
https://wangruirong.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/

3.张素兰:《改变的时代与(1963年2月2日)“冷藏行动”)  Changing Times and Operation Coldstore

https://wangruirong.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/

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