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(中/英文版)王惠楠医生告诉历史的真相:一个具有近代历史意义的事件 Wong Wee Nam: “A near-historic moment”

一个具有近代历史意义的事件

詹时中与徐顺全

在他的著作:《教师、思索者与叛逆者,为什么?——爱国者徐顺全》一书的章节里,王惠楠医生回忆起他尽力把詹时中先生回到民主党:

在大约接近2010年年末,詹时中先生与新加坡民主联盟主席之间有些问题。这个矛盾最终导致詹时中先生和他所属的新加坡人民党必须离开新加坡民主联盟。

201012月,在《网络公民》(TOC)主持的《面对面座谈会》上,我与詹时中先生见面。他说,他要与我谈谈。他邀请我参加新加坡人民党驻足的圣诞节聚会。会后我们继续在他的家里喝茶。在他家里,他提出了有意参加集选区的选举。他邀请我成为他的集选区的候选人之一。我告诉他,我有一个比较好的想法。我邀请他、他的太太、我的朋友陈祥源(Bentley Tan到我的家里听我提出的建议。

在这次的集会里, 我们提出了我们如何能够协助詹时中先生留下一个永久的遗产。基于他与新加坡民主联盟之间产生的问题,我们意识到公众的印象是詹时中先生一个人在扮演独角戏的角色必须得到解决。

我们要大众铭记着詹时中先生是通过自己第一次的政治斗争而创立了新加坡民主联盟的。不是哪些人可以一起掌控着新加坡民主联盟的。他需要向新加坡人民展示自己的宽容大量和具有远大理想的。

我和陈祥源(Bentley Tan)的想法是,

在目前环境里最好的组织和最快恢复元气的政党就是新加坡民主党。他们拥有一支具有献身精神、高瞻远瞩、扎实的理论基础、智慧实力和具有良好资源的团队。

从我们所感觉到的是,

他们(指新加坡民主党)不会不愿意与詹时中先生一起工作。在他们的常年晚宴上,他们的第13届纪念特刊和集会上,他们都没有忘记詹时中先生是新加坡民主党的创立者。在播放有关党的建设的视频里,他们甚至强调这个历史事实。

我和陈祥源(Bentley Tan)都认为,假设詹时中先生能够重新回到新加坡民主党一起出厂价集选区的竞选将会是有着历史里程碑的时刻。

他将会被视为是(新加坡民主党)元老回到自己老家一样。这对于象征反对党团结一致具有极其高度的象征意义。这也将意味着(新加坡民主党之间的和谐和紧密的关系)。我们坚信,一旦实现这个局面将会在群众中产生积极的看法。

我们向詹时中先生保证,徐顺全将会接受我们的看法。詹时中夫妇同意我们安排双方一方一次非正式的见面,以便看看这个想法如何实现。我与徐顺全联系,并把自己的想法告诉了他。他同意尽快与詹时中夫妇见面。

鉴于适逢当时选举的气氛正在炙热中,报馆记者正在四处寻找有关新闻,为此,我们决定双方的见面不适宜在公开场合,我们决定在副秘书长陈两裕(John Tan Liang Joo)家里作为会面地点。

当我们于2011年在陈两裕(John Tan Liang Joo)见面。双方并没有因为初始见面那种尴尬的局面,而是直接进入了坦诚和热情的讨论。我们建议詹时中先生回到新加坡民主党担任类似于资政的领导人带领一支团队参加集选区的竞选。我们的讨论并没有立即达致决议,各方提出要回去考虑有关的问题。

接下来的会谈地点是在京皇酒店(Hotel Royal)的三轮车咖啡厅(Trishaw Coffeehouse)进行。在这几天里,徐顺全和詹时中不再忌讳于在公共场所的会面了。

詹时中先生建议在这里见面。当时它是新加坡民主党中委会经常用来开会和许多重大决定的地点都是在这里做出的。因此这个地点是值得怀旧的。

当天晚上的见面同样还是无法达致任何最终的决定。

在两个星期后,又在同一个地点举行另一次的会谈。詹时中先生终于说,他积极倾向于在新加坡民主党旗下参与下一届的大选。徐顺全博士没有意见。

徐顺全甚至提出了策划一个迎接詹时中先生回到新加坡民主党的盛大欢迎仪式。他提出了在接下来的星期六傍晚六点在欢迎詹时中先生的正式常年晚宴后,新加坡民主党的新闻网站上上载詹时中的讲话……

请阅读王惠楠医生的章节:“顺全:个人的观点”和其他与徐顺全博士接触后的感言。徐顺全博士的书籍将于2015411日星期六正式出版发行。

 

Wong Wee Nam: “A near-historic moment”

 

詹时中与徐顺全

In his chapter in the book Teacher, Thinker, Rebel, Why? Portraits of Chee Soon Juan, Dr Wong Wee Nam recounted his effort to bring Mr Chiam See Tong back into the SDP fold:

Some time towards the end of 2010, Mr Chiam See Tong was having some problem in the Singapore Democratic Alliance of which he was Chairman. The differences finally reached a stage when he had to leave the SDA and withdraw his Singapore People’s Party from the Alliance.

On 20 December 2010, at the Face-to-Face Forum organised by The Online Citizen, Mr Chiam met me and said he wanted to talk to me. He invited me to his SPP Christmas party and later on to have coffee at his residence. At his house he revealed he intended to contest a GRC and wanted me to consider joining his team. I told him I had a better idea and invited him, his wife, Lina, and my friend, Bentley Tan, to my house a week later to listen to my proposal.

At that meeting, we explored how we could help Mr Chiam leave a lasting legacy. With his problems with the SDA,

all of us acknowledged that the public perception of Mr Chiam as a one-man show needed to be addressed. We wanted the public to remember Mr Chiam as the leader he was when he fought his first political battles and built SDP into a potent force, not someone who could not hold the SDA together. He needed to show Singapore he was magnanimous and had big ideas.

Bentley and I thought that

the best organized and most resilient party at that moment was the SDP. They had a very dedicated and focused team, strong ideological backbone and intellectual muscle, and good resources. From what we sensed, they were not averse to working with Mr Chiam. In their annual dinner, their thirtieth anniversary magazine and at rallies, Mr Chiam was always acknowledged as the founder. In their video presentation about the party, that fact was always emphasised.

Both of us felt that

if Mr Chiam rejoined the SDP to contest the GRC it would be a momentous and historic moment. He would be like a patriarch returning home to his roots. It would be the ultimate symbol of opposition unity. There would also be sense of reconciliation and closure. We believed the reaction from the public would be positive.

We assured him we could get Soon Juan to accept the idea. The Chiams agreed to an informal meeting with Soon Juan to see how they could work the thing out. I contacted Soon Juan and gave him a summary of my proposal. He agreed readily to meet up with the Chiams.

As election fever was in the air, with reporters snooping around, we decided the meeting should not be in public and chose the then Assistant Secretary-General John Tan Liang Joo’s house as the venue.

When we met at John’s house in January, the initial awkwardness gave way to a frank and cordial discussion. We proposed that Mr Chiam return to SDP as a mentor-like leader to lead a team to contest a GRC. No decision was reached that night and everyone was asked to return home and think about it.

A subsequent meeting was held at Trishaw Coffeehouse in Hotel Royal.

In a matter of days, Chee and Chiam no longer had any reservations about meeting in public. Mr Chiam suggested this place because it was nostalgic as his old SDP had used it for their CEC meetings and made many important decisions there.

That night again no firm conclusion was reached.

Two weeks later, there was another meeting at the coffeehouse.

Mr Chiam finally said he was keen to go with the proposal to contest the next GE under the SDP. Dr Chee had no objection.

He even showed that he had thought the whole thing through by bringing out a master plan listing out the sequence of events for Chiam’s homecoming. He would draft out Chiam’s speech to be released the following week on the SDP web-news at 6pm. This would be followed by Chiam’s official return at the SDP Annual Dinner…

Read Dr Wong’s chapter titled “Soon Juan: A Personal Perspective” as well as other contributors’ views of, and dealings with, Dr Chee. The book will be launched on 11 April 2015, Saturday.