ISA: More than 1,300 detainees?


In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Operation Spectrum – Function 8 is organising an event, “Debunking a 30-year-old Conspiracy” on 21 May, 2 to 6 pm, at The Projector:

Being the amateur statistician that I am – I asked if there were any statistics on the sum total period of detention of all the 22 professionals (Operation Spectrum), workers from the Catholic Church and students who were detained without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Lo and behold – they sent me the following link containing information on the more than 1,300 detainees detained under the ISA in Singapore’s history:

I was told that it was “compiled initially by Loh Miao Ping (she was an elected MP who never got to take her seat as she was arrested before she took her seat). Unfortunately the information is still incomplete as it is still work in progress”.

Does anyone know where one can get the official statistics on the ISA detainees?

Leong Sze Hian

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.