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Tribute to Lim Chin Siong 向林清祥致敬

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  1. 为纪念已故前社阵杰出领导人、坚贞的人民英雄林福寿医生逝世五周年,林福寿医生生前的战友于20171月出版了《坚贞的人民英雄》;

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The People’s Hero’s article 15

Appendix III:  Lim Hock Siew’s writings, statements, speeches and interviews

 Tribute to Lim Chin Siong

 Lim Hock Siew

On the evening of 5 February this year (1996), a most humane and valiant heart stopped beating — Chin Siong left this mortal world!

Friends, comrades, before us lies the body of not an ordinary person. Chin Siong is a hero — a national hero – a legend in the glorious history of our people’s struggle for freedom and social justice.

We are here to honour, to cherish, indeed, to consolidate the noble spirit in which Chin Siong had lived his life.

Chin Siong attained a level of human consciousness that transcends all personal gains and greed, to serve his fellowmen, fully and whole- heartedly.

His was a consciousness that had no place for arrogance and conceit — only humility. His strength, his courage, arose only from his deep love and concern for the plight of his fellow human beings — a love that recognised no racial or cultural barriers.

Those who were poor, downtrodden,‘those who were oppressed, were his friends. Those who sought to deny our people their right to justice and dignity regarded Chin Siong as their enemy.

But the strength and nobility of Chin Siong’s character were selfevident to all those who had come to know him. He was an extremely kind, gentle and compassionate person. His actions were motivated purely by his love for his fellowmen, not by hatred against any particular person.

He had no personal enemies, only high principles and noble causes to which he dedicated his entire life. He was a political leader who sought no personal gain or reward, and certainly not for pay. Nor was he tempted by privileges and trappings of high office, or deterred by deprivation of personal freedom.

As a trade union leader, he totally identified himself with the common worker whose cause he so fearlessly and uncompromisingly championed. He led a most simple life, and very often, his bed was the wooden bench in the union headquarters at Middle Road.

To this day, many workers of his generation still fondly remember Chin Siong for what he had done for the workers in the 1950s and 1960s.

But it was as a political leader that Chin Siong will be best remembered and respected.

No amount of distortion by his detractors can conceal the factthat Chin Siong was the most fearless and uncompromising fighter against British colonialism in Singapore.

The colonial authority had not relinquished its rule simply because some person or persons could reason with it in impeccable English.

Colonial authority respects only the strength of the people and it was during that crucial stage of our people’s anti-colonial struggle that Chin Siong played the pivotal role in rallying and mobilising our people to free themselves from the degradation and humiliation of colonial rule.

His ability to communicate with the common man, his ability to ex- plain complex political issues in simple layman’s language, his complete identification with the oppressed and downtrodden — these were the hallmarks of Chin Siong’s political leadership — a leader whose ability, sincerity and dedication aroused the people to free themselves from colonial domination.

But Chin Siong did not struggle only for Singapore’s independence. His struggle had always been to attain Singapore’s independence in a truly united and democratic Malaya, including Singapore.

He strongly opposed the terms of Singapore’s merger into Malaysia because he was totally convinced that the unequal terms of merger for Singapore would lead to racial disharmony and division among our people. The outbreak of racial riots after the merger in 1964 and the subsequent expulsion of Singapore from Malaysia amply exonerated Chin Siong’s stand.

But to be proven right was insufficient to earn Chin Siong’s release from imprisonment. His continued incarceration took a severe toll on his health, and in 1967, he became seriously ill. It was during the acute stage of his illness that Chin Siong was exiled from Singapore and denied his rightful role in the political life of our country.

Chin Siong was expelled from Hwa Chung High School for his con- frontation with the colonial authority over, among other things, the issue of military conscription. In those days, the colonial power did not regard our people as fit to be free but only fit to die to defend our own slavery. Although denied a formal higher education, Chin Siong, in the course of his political struggle, had graduated from the highest institution of political education — the political prison. Those who knew him could not but be impressed by his intelligence and knowledge.

Friends, comrades, it has been rightly said that the life of a person who sacrifices himself for his fellowmen is as weighty as Mt Taishan, but the life of a person who lives only for himself is as light as a bird’s feather.

Chin Siong, you have been a Taishan in our midst! Now, it’s time for you to take your well-earned rest! Sleep well, my dear comrade, sleep well! !!

***

Note: Dr Lim Hock Siew came in touch with and got to know Lim Chin Siong in the mid-1950s as a politically active medical undergraduate member of the Socialist Club of the University of Malaya, then located on Singapore island. Both Chin Siong and Hock Siew were leading members of the Barisan Sosialis when they were arrested and detained without trial together with well over a hundred of others in early February 1963.

The above is the text of Hock Siew’s oration as the final speaker just before Chin Siong’s cremation, attended by about two thousand mourners on the morning of Friday, 9 February 1996.

The cremation hall was jam-packed with people and many had to stand at the entrance foyer and on the grounds around the building. Some of those attending had flown in from as far as Penang. Several others had come from Kuala Lumpur. Hock Siew ended his oration with a call for an ovation of clapping to bid Chin Siong a hero’s farewell. The response was thunderous as the prolonged clapping rose to a crescendo with the moving of Chin Siong’s body away from the cremation hall to the incineration chamber.

《坚贞的人民英雄》文集之十五

 附录:林福寿医生的文章、声明、演说与访谈

向林清祥致敬

199629日林福寿医生在林清祥葬礼上讲话)

今年(1996年)25日傍晚,一颗善良仁慈和勇敢无畏的心停止跳动了——林清祥离开了这个尘世!

朋友们、同志们,躺在我们面前的不是一个平凡的人。他是林清祥,林清祥是个英雄,一个民族英雄,是我们人民争取自由和社会正义的光辉斗争历史上的一个传奇人物。今天我们聚在这里,为的是要纪念、珍惜与巩固林清祥一生中所体现的高尚精神。

清祥的高度人性觉悟,使他成为不计较一切个人得失和绝不贪婪的人,全心全意为他的同胞服务。由于高度觉悟,清祥既不高傲、也不自负,只有谦恭。他的力量,他的勇气,是来自他对处于苦难的人类同胞的热爱和关怀、不分种族和文化的爱心。

所有贫穷的人、苦难的人和受压迫的人都是他的朋友。那些不让人民享有公平待遇和尊严权利的人,则把清祥视为敌人。

但是,认识清祥的人都知道,他的力量和高尚作风,是有目共睹的。他是个极为善良、和蔼与富有同情心的人。他的一举一动的推动力,纯粹来自他对同胞的爱心,而不是源自对某个人的仇恨。

他没有个人的敌人,心中只有崇高原则和高尚事业,为之献身,奋斗终身。他是个不追求个人利益和报酬的,更不是谋求高薪的政治领袖。清祥对高官厚禄的诱惑,不为所动;面对个人自由被剥夺,毫不畏缩。

身为工会领袖,他能跟普通工人打成一片,为他们的事业,进行无畏的、不妥协的斗争。他的生活极其简朴,在密驼路工会总会所内,他往往把木板凳当睡床。直到今天,许多跟清祥同时代的工友,还念念不忘他在1950年代和1960年代为工人所做的一切事情。

但是,人们最最记得的和最最尊敬的清祥,是身为政治领袖的清祥。尽管他的诋毁者百般歪曲事实,也掩盖不了这样的事实,那就是,清祥在新加坡对英国殖民统治者进行的斗争中,是最无畏和不妥协的战士。

英殖民当局并非因为某个人或某些人能用纯正的英语跟他们讲道理,而轻易放弃其殖民统治。

殖民当局只畏惧人民的力量。正是在人民展开轰轰烈烈的反殖斗争的紧要关头,清祥起了举足轻重的作用;他带领和动员群众进行斗争,把人民从腐败和欺压性的殖民统治中解放出来。

清祥善于跟普通人沟通,善于用简单语言讲解复杂的政治课题,并且能够跟被压迫者和受苦受难者完全打成一片,这都是清祥的政治领导能力所体现的优点。作为一个政治领袖,林清祥以他的才华、真诚,策划并带领人民群众摆脱了殖民地的统治。

但是,清祥的斗争,并不局限于争取新加坡独立。他的斗争,也一贯争取实现一个真正统一、民主的马来亚,包括新加坡。

他强烈反对当年跟马来西亚合并的条件,因为他完全相信,对新加坡不平等的合并条件,将在我们人民当中造成种族不和谐和分化。合并后,1964年爆发了民族纠纷,以及后来新加坡被逐出马来西亚,充分证明清祥的立场是完全正确的。

但是,清祥并没有因此而获得释放,而是继续遭监禁,健康日益恶化,于1969年,病况严重。就在他病情恶劣之际,清祥被流放,离开新加坡,不得参与我国的政治活动。

早年,清祥因为国民服役等问题跟殖民当局进行抗争,被华侨中学开除。当年,殖民统治者认为我们人民不配享受自由,只配为维持自己的奴隶地位去送死。清祥虽然没有机会受过高等教育,不过,在参加政治斗争的过程中,他从政治教育的最高学府――政治监狱――毕业了。认识清祥的人,都会佩服他的智慧和学识。

朋友们、同志们,有至理名言说,为人民的利益而牺牲自己,其生命价值重于泰山;而为自己的利益而活,其生命价值轻于鸿毛。

清祥,你是我们当中的泰山!现在,是你该休息的时候了。安睡吧,我亲爱的同志,好好睡吧!

注:

林福寿医生是1950年代中期接触并结识林清祥,林医生当时是个医科学生,是马大社会主义俱乐部的政治活跃分子。

林清祥和林福寿医生两人都是社阵的主要负责人,于196322日,跟另外100多人一起被捕,不经审讯被监禁。

以上的文稿是林医生于199629日在林清祥的火化葬礼上的追悼词,他是最后一位发言者;当天共有约2000人出席追悼会,济济一堂。由于大堂容纳不下,许多人只好站在入口处和周围的场地。有些追悼者是从槟城坐飞机远道赶来,也有来自吉隆坡的。林福寿医生在结束演讲时,要求大家热烈鼓掌,送别林清祥。雷鸣般的响应,当清祥的灵柩从葬礼大厅移往火葬间时,持久不断的掌声,达到高潮。 

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