Operation Coldstore: Not an option to be quiet about allegations
PUBLISHED ON 05 Apr 2018
Minister for Home Affairs and Law Mr K Shanmugam has explained in a Facebook post why he had spent some time asking questions to historian Dr Thum Ping Tjin.

Mr Shanmugam had questioned Dr Thum for almost six hours on his interpretation of historical events during the Select Committee’s public hearing on deliberate online falsehoods.

Mr Shamugam wrote, "PJ’s main point, in his written submission to the Select Committee, was that Mr Lee Kuan Yew was the biggest creator of fake news in Singapore, a liar, and Operation Coldstore was based on falsehoods. These are serious allegations made in Parliament about our founding PM. Either they have to be accepted, or shown to be untrue. Keeping quiet about them was not an option.”

Dr Thum had cited previous research in his submission to the committee, which contended that there was no evidence that detainees were involved in a communist conspiracy to overthrow the government.

“PJ refused to answer many of the questions directly – if a person believes in what he says, and has gone through the documents carefully, then what is the difficulty in answering questions?” Mr Shanmugam wrote.