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(中/英文对照) 孙子不可以在外祖父的礼堂开新书发布会!SCCCI cancels book launch at auditorium named after author’s pioneering grandfather

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孙子不可以在外祖父的礼堂开新书发布会!

作者:Howard Lee

编者按;本文转载自:《theindependent》网站

http://theindependent.sg/sccci-cancels-book-launch-at-auditorium-named-after-authors-pioneering-grandfather/

中华总商会

假设您正在撰写一本回忆录,这本回忆录是包括您的爷爷事迹。您这本回忆录发布会的地点就是以您的爷爷的名字命名的。您是否盼望这本书的发布会就在爷爷名字的会堂发布呢?

傅树介医生就是这样想的。

傅树介新书签名

傅树介医生是人民行动党的发起人之一,前新加坡社会主义阵线副秘书长和在1963年冷藏行动下被监禁的前政治拘留者。他的外祖父就是华族商人和慈善家陈嘉庚老先生。

陈嘉庚与毛主席

基于这个特殊的历史背景,FUNCTION 8尝试要在中华总商会的嘉庚堂为傅树介医生撰写的新书《生活在欺瞒时代》(Living In A Time Of Deception)举行新书发布会。

嘉庚堂

我们安排在嘉庚堂举行新书发布会的计划进行得很顺利。于2015年12月23我们已经获得中华总商会并定于2016年2月中旬举行。

无论如何,我们在7天后接获了中华总商会的通知,他们已经取消了同意租赁给我们举行傅树介医生的新书发布会的地点了。

中华总商会来函给我们写道:

“我非常遗憾告诉您,关于您申请租赁我们的地点未能获得我们的理事会的批准”、“我们正在进行安排退回你们缴付的预定租赁款,感激你们毒刺的理解。”

对于傅树介医生而言,这个新书发布会的地点具有特殊意义的。因此,我们尝试向中华总商会提出上诉。我们发出了电子邮件给中华总商会的主席和其他56名委员。

在我们提出上诉的7天后,也就是2106 年1月13日,中华总商会主席蔡其生的助理秘书给了我们回函。

“我们遗憾的告诉您,我们无法改变已经做出拒绝的决定。由此给您造成的一切不便,仅表歉意。”

出版商知道function 8已经了向中华总商会提出了更改举行新书发布会的日期,仍然未能获得中华总商会的批准。

中华总商会在致给FUNCTION 8回函里并给予任何拒绝的理由,或者澄清中华总商会56位董事为什么拒绝这本书在嘉庚堂举行?

虽然如此,出版商还是找到了这本新书发布会的新地点。

Function 8的成员Tan Tee Seng 先生认为,

中华总商会这样的行为反映了它是一个极坏的商业实体。

中华总商会的现任主席蔡其生是上届政府国会官委议员。他是被推选为代表商业界的代表。在2015年大选获胜的新一届政府就任后,他在最近表示有意要继续获得被委任为新的官委议员。

“作为中华总商会的主席,让我能够有这么多机会参与商会的活动。所以,这就是我在上一任所做的。我尝试尽力反映问题和面对企业的问题,特别是中小型企业。”这媒体引述他的话。

官委议员并不是由人民投票选出的议员,而是有他们所属的社区所推荐和有国会批准的。官委议员必须不是属于任何政党的委任。当然这些政党的渗透是毫无疑问的。
执政党设定了官委议员的目的就是要在国会里增加不同的声音。这个计划是在1990年开始执行的。

出版商已经向中华总商会提出了几个问题,询问关于中华总商会是如何出租总商会的地点给商业机构。直到本书付印,中华总商会尚未回应。我们将会在收到他们的回复后在不同的文章里刊载。

傅树介医生将从他在马来西亚的住家到新加坡出席这个新书发布会,并在发布会上发言。《生活在欺瞒时代》将包括了傅树介医生个人在‘冷藏行动’下被捕的经历。

傅树介新书

本书的新书发布会已经改在2016年2月13日在(合洛路与欧南路之间)假日酒店举行。详细请到下列网址查询。(more details HERE).

傅树介医生讲话视频网址:
http://theindependent.sg/sccci-cancels-book-launch-at-auditorium-named-after-authors-pioneering-grandfather/

SCCCI cancels book launch at auditorium named after author’s pioneering grandfather —Decision was made by Chamber’s council, with no reason given

By The Independent – February 8, 2016
Related link:
http://theindependent.sg/sccci-cancels-book-launch-at-auditorium-named-after-authors-pioneering-grandfather/

By: Howard Lee

中华总商会

If you were writing your memoirs which includes the history of your grandfather, who also happens to be a pioneer with an auditorium named after him, would you not want to have your book launched in that same auditorium?

嘉庚堂

So thought Dr Poh Soo Kai, founding member of the current ruling People’s Action Party, former assistant secretary-general of Barisan Sosialis, and a political detainee under Operation Coldstore, whose grandfather also happens to be Chinese businessman and philanthropist Tan Kah Kee.

陈嘉庚与毛主席

Which led his publisher, social enterprise Function 8, to try and book the Tan Kah Kee Auditorium at the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI), for Dr Poh to launch his memoirs, “Living In A Time Of Deception”.

傅树介新书

The plan went well initially, with SCCCI confirming the booking on 23 December 2015, sufficient time for Function 8 to organise the event planned in mid-February.

However, the company received word from SCCCI seven days later, stating that their booking has been cancelled.

“I am sorry to inform you that your Application for Venue Rental at our Auditorium has not been approved by our council members,” wrote SCCCI. “I shall proceed with the refund process for your application. Thank you for your kind understanding.”

As the venue was the most appropriate venue that they could match to Dr Poh, Function 8 tried to appeal the decision. Emails were sent to SCCCI’s president, Mr Thomas Chua and various council members.

The final response on 13 January, another seven days after the appeal was first made and written on behalf of Mr Chua by SCCCI’s assistant secretary-general, gave the same answer:

“We regret to inform you that there is no change in the decision of our council. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

TISG (this publication) understands that Function 8 has requested for SCCCI to provide an alternative date for the same venue, but received no alternative proposal.

No reasons were given as to why the booking was cancelled, nor any clarification provided as to why SCCCI’s council, consisting 56 members, should have any inputs on a single booking of the Tan Kah Kee Auditorium.
While the publisher has managed to find another location for the launch, Mr

Tan Tee Seng, a member of Function 8, felt that

SCCCI’s actions reflected badly on how the Chambers conducts it activities with business entities.

SCCCI’s current president, Mr Thomas Chua, was a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) in the last term of government and was slated to represent the interest of the business community. With the new government elected since GE2015, he has recently expressed his interest in renewing his term as an NMP.

“As the President of the Chinese Chamber, I do have a lot of opportunities to engage with businesses and trade associations. So, this is what I did in the previous term, I tried my best to reflect the problems and challenges faced by businesses, and SMEs in particular,” he was quoted by media as saying.

NMPs are not elected by the people but nominated by their community and approved by Parliament for their term. NMPs must not be members of any political party at their time of appointment, although their political affiliations are normally unquestioned.

The ruling People’s Action Party mooted the idea of NMPs as a means of increasing diversity of voices in Parliament, and the scheme was implemented in September 1990.

TISG has sent a few questions to SCCCI asking about how the Chambers conducts its business of renting out its premises to business entities. At time of publishing, SCCCI has not responded. We will publish their reply in a separate article when we receive it.

Dr Poh Soo Kai plans to travel to Singapore from his residence in Malaysia to speak at the book launch. “Living In A Time Of Deception” is expected to cover his personal account of Operation Coldstore. As a result of the cancellation, the book launch has been changed to 13 February and will be held at Holiday Inn Singapore (more details HERE).

傅树介新书签名

http://theindependent.sg/sccci-cancels-book-launch-at-auditorium-named-after-authors-pioneering-grandfather/

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