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陈剑“左派”身份的考究

── 黄 泥 ──


曾经写过几本诗集和马共历史专著而赢得一些名气的陈剑﹐最近在联合早报发表一篇评论5.13学生运动的文章﹐引发了一场网上的论战。

5.13学生运动是1954年新加坡几间华文中学学生所发动的反征兵抗议运动(因发生於5月13日﹐故被称为“5.13学生运动”)。论战的焦点是:5.13学生运动究竟是不是如陈剑所坚持的乃由“马共主导、由学生抗英同盟执行”?

虽然登在新加坡政府所全面控制的联合早报﹐陈剑文章所用的却和以前《阵线报》所用的“左派”语言极为相似﹐作者也似乎极力要使人相信他是站在马共的立场﹐用“左派”的观点和感情来写这篇评论的。万万想不到的是﹐这样的文章居然从左边引来了论战。

因此﹐这场论战使我感到十分困惑:这究竟是“左派”内部的争论(洋人所说的“茶杯里的风波”?)还是敌我之间的骂架?如果了解5.13运动的经过和前因後果又看懂两边的论点﹐当然就不会有我的困惑。由於我的无知和理论水平的低落﹐我所能做到的只是从他们的身份着手﹐考究与试图证实两边的“左派”身份以脱解我的困惑。

陈剑虽然过去从未在南大站或其他论坛发表文章﹐但是他活动范围广大﹐出过几本关於马共的书﹐又时常见报而知名度较高﹐考究他也就比较容易﹐所以我从他做起﹐以後有时间再考究其他人。我花了一些时间﹐又通过一些朋友同学的帮忙﹐终於整理出下面的材料﹐以供参考。

陈剑原名陈松沾﹐1940年出生於新加坡(也有人说他出生於德光岛)﹐却在新山长大﹑宽柔念书(老爸当时是宽柔事务主任)﹐1959年特地转到中正念高中﹐1962年进南大﹐1966年地理系毕业。


在中正念书时的陈剑(1960?)


陈剑2011年在其新书发布会上

我的一些“老左”朋友﹐也许由於时局关系或其他方面的考量﹐一向(直到现在仍旧如此)羞於暴露自己的左派身份﹐陈剑与众不同的地方就是敢於多年前就公开宣布他自己乃“左派中人”(from the left),也“一向支持左翼运动”﹑“一向支持马共”而引以为荣。他还说:“南大校友曾出版了一本关於民族解放运动的书﹐我也参与其中”。(见下面加彩的两段英文文字〖注1〗)



Highlight from the article〖注1〗

我也不明白我这些“老左”朋友抱的是什麽心态?如今马共已经瓦解﹐左翼运动对朝廷也早已不成威胁﹐暴露自己的左派身份能有什麽危险?反过来说﹐如今的世道似乎倾向於敬重“建国一代”﹐承认左派身份说不定还可以为自己提高“建国一代”身份的含金量。怪不得最近在街头巷尾﹑巴刹咖啡店里三不五时会有阿猫阿狗跳出来向我吹嘘他的左派身份与活动。也就是由於这个原因﹐我对那些大声自称为左派的﹐不能不稍微提防一下:要做点检查才敢相信。

我於是东问西问﹐问那些1960年代在中正和南大活动的朋友同学﹐却没有人能具体说出陈松沾究竟有参与过什麽“反政府”或“亲政府”的活动。更没有人知道他的“左派”身份到底是根据什麽来定位的?

根据南大历史系一位曾在报界服务过的校友的解释﹐陈剑所说的那本关於民族解放运动的书﹐是南大史地学会1962年出版的《马来亚民族解放运动简史》。这本书原本是为了庆祝三月底举行的大学周而出版﹐结果拖到七月才面世。他质疑陈松沾与这本书的出版会有什麽显著与值得一提(significant)的关联﹐理由有二:

第一:这本书是南大史地学会活动的重头项目﹐从1960或1961年就已经开始准备。陈剑三月间进入南大(当时南大的开学日是3月15日)﹐身为一个还没摸清南大环境的地理系新生﹐在中正又不见得有什麽重要的左派关系和活动记录﹐很难相信人家会让他参与这本重要出版物的编辑与出版任务。

第二:1964年政府所公布的《共产主义在南大》白皮书﹐特意点名这本《马来亚民族解放运动简史》〖注2〗﹐用来套上南大已被马共控制的罪名。这本书的主要编写人之一的林廷锷(另一人为傅孙力)於1963年被公安法令所扣留。听说政治部当时的“剿共”政策是从国民党学来的“宁可错怪百人﹐不可误放一人”。如果陈剑真的和这本被政治部所密切注意的出版物有过显著与值得一提(significant)的关联﹐居然没有进入政治部的黑名单﹐岂不证明政治部的无能或失职?(他毕业後不久就当公务员﹐显示他并没有被列入政治部的黑名单。如果他本来有被列入政治部黑名单﹐难道他当时已经向政治部投降而从黑名单除名?)要知道新加坡政府一向对“黑名单”毫不含糊。陈剑有个堂兄弟陈波生﹐跟陈剑同班同时毕业。陈波生曾公开讲诉他因为进入政治部黑名单而在就业和护照方面所受到的种种阻碍和刁难。陈波生在南大并没有参加什麽活动﹐为什麽名字会列入黑名单?据说是因为他和班上一些“亲共份子”有来往。〖注3〗


《马来亚民族解放运动简史》封面


Except from 1964 White Paper:
"Communism in the Nanyang University" P.10〖注2〗

我後来跑去新山找到几位深知陈剑背景的宽柔朋友(其中一位是大学教授)﹐才从他们的表述中多多少少了解到陈剑的背景确实不简单。

陈剑的已故老爸陈锡霞(Chin Sit Har)老先生﹐据说早年曾参与马共“民运”活动。1951年却被英国人委任为柔佛州金巴士(Kempas)新村管理委员会成员〖注4〗。新村是在一九四八年英国人为对付马共而推动的一项庞大的“集中营”计划。为了有效箝制马共,时任作战指挥官的英国森林作战专家 Harold Briggs 中将提出了新村概念,新村因而也在当时被命名为 Briggs 计划。〖注5〗

後来听说陈锡霞和新山海南人特务兼翻译关某某(外号“白毛”﹐独立後承继红毛人成为政治部主任)来往颇密。由於这样的复杂背景﹐宽柔左派同学难免对陈剑敬而远之﹐陈剑自己独来独往搞自己的活动建立自己的地盘也就不令人奇怪了。


陈锡霞(Chin Sit Har)被委任为
新村管理委员会成员的新闻剪报〖注4〗

1959年陈剑不知何故离开宽柔转去新加坡中正念高中。听说中正的左派同学因为探听到陈剑在宽柔的历史问题而对他敬而远之﹐怪不得他无法在中正参加左派活动。虽然如此﹐他的第一任太太(听说她毕业後在左派的“乡村住民联合会”活动)倒是在中正结识的。陈剑(那年他念高三)和1961年的中四罢考运动(根据PAP的官方说法﹐这跟5.13运动一样﹐都是马共在策动搞鬼的)毫无关系也就难怪了。(这是向一位当时和罢考行动委员会有关系的中正同学所证实的)。

陈剑1962年进南大﹐也许是同样的原因﹐使他无法随心所欲地参与南大左派学生的活动。无人可以证实他是否如他所说的参与南大史地学会《马来亚民族解放运动简史》的出版任务。

听说陈剑南大毕业不久就去德明混合中学教地理﹐但是他在答复黄岩为自己辩护时这麽写道:“毕业后﹐量马路超过八个月。之后﹐托大选之福﹐受聘为交通及城市规划研究员﹑教师(但终因政治原因被开除)”〖注6〗。

他这个语焉不详的表述产生几个疑点:

1. “交通及城市规划研究员”的职位不在选举部门﹐不知道为什麽他会“托大选之福”而受聘?

2. 他说他“终因政治原因被开除”﹐这里他没有详述究竟是怎样的“政治原因”使他被政府开除﹐但从文字的连贯意思来看﹐却可以猜测他似乎在暗示他是因为过去“左派身份”的暴露而被开除(再次强调他的“左派身份”?)。问题是:他已经当了几年的公务员﹐你若明了当时(1960﹐70年代)新加坡的政治气候﹐你就会觉得奇怪:对一个南大生来说﹐到底是怎样的“政治原因”会严重到使人被开除但不会严重到使人在公安法令下被捕?

陈剑接着叙述了他被政府开除後的生涯:“在社会打滚数十年,辗转当过补习老师、书局课本编辑、电影发行公司经理、五金销售经理、机械工程经理、自动化仪器产品销售工程师、石化工程生产部经理、石化项目国际部董事、跨国财团亚太副总裁等职务。暨后,自设国际会议及展览、生产自动化工程及出版业等企业为期八年。终厌倦商场,出售并结束业务,转向学术研究,先后在澳洲国立大学、新加坡国立大学、中国华东师范大学等大专学府从事亚洲冷战研究至今。这十多年来,则从事中国公务员培训教学任务”〖注6〗。他却省略了下面几个透露他在行动党统治体制中地位的“发迹”事项:

1. 1987年2月6日被教育部长郑荣顺委任为 BEAC(Basic Education Advisory Council) VITB(Vocational and Industrial Training Board)成员。〖注7〗

2. 1980年代後期担任布菜德岭民众联络所(Community Centre)管理委员会委员。〖注8〗

3. 1995-97年被委为民意处理组(Feedback Unit, Ministry of Community and Development﹐民情联系组 REACH 的前身)成员。〖注9〗

4. 退休後担任新加坡公共服务学院(Civil Service College 政府机构)公务员培训课程特约教授及新加坡南洋理工大学特约教授(听说曾在理大的市长班讲课)。〖注10〗


陈锡霞老先生过世时布菜德岭人民行动党支部
和民众联络所管委会的挽词〖注8〗

陈剑的背景中最令人费解的是他和一位名叫蔡裕林(时常在联合早报写评论)的亲密关系。

蔡裕林2013年出版了一本题为《新加坡刮起改革风:李光耀时代versus后李光耀时代》的新书﹐据说是为了配合李光耀九十华诞的庆祝活动〖注11〗。有人形容陈剑是这本书的“幕後主编”〖注12〗﹐不但替他写绪言还为他张罗新书发布会和标题为“《李光耀时代vs后李光耀时代》的座谈会”〖注13〗。陈剑也在会上宣称:“今天的新加坡已经告别威权政治时代,对待言论和民主的态度更加开放,上届大选甚至出现总理向国民道歉的一幕,政府今年还举办全国对话会广开言论空间,这些都是后李光耀时代的迹象”。〖注11〗


新书发布会(由左到右:蔡裕林﹐陈剑﹐黄坚立﹐李叶明)〖注11〗

国大历史系黄坚立教授在评论蔡裕林的新书这麽写道:

虽然名字没有印在书页上,陈剑其实就是此书的幕后主编。陈序在书中的第16页就透露了蔡先生“几乎每写一篇,便电邮给我,要我审阅并提意见,我也乐意为之。”蔡氏本人在第410页的最后几行结语也坦诚地写到:“初稿完成后,有赖陈老师费时费心的予以修正和重整,没有陈老师的鼎力相助,本书将无法早日面世。”陈剑之序言称赞作者与书本的“观点独到、有理有据”,觉得书本有其“系统性、连贯性、对比性”和“积极性、建设性”。陈剑认为蔡书虽然有“一针见血之效”,但是同时却保持了“和风细雨式”与“和谐的评论模式”。〖注12〗

从这里诸位不难察觉陈剑和蔡裕林有着如何亲密的关系。

蔡裕林究竟是谁呢?请看【大马华人网站】介绍蔡裕林身份的一段有趣文字:

“蔡裕林何许人?据‘随笔南洋网’李叶明的介绍:他年轻时积极投入社会改革运动,曾加入马来亚劳工党。65年参加马列毛小组,因被追捕而转入地下。后来他成为马来亚民族解放阵线的发起人并担任政治局委员……1974年在新加坡被捕,隔年出狱后加入政府部门(黄注:是Research Officer, ISD)工作17年。后来从事过建筑,教育,餐饮等行业,还开过出租车,四年前退休。那17年的‘政府工作’为什么不详?其实,他原名蔡忠隆(黄注:是蔡忠龙之误),俗名‘独眼龙’。当年在新加坡被捕,经不起拷打投诚,并出卖组织,出卖下属,出卖同志,‘解阵’的整条隐蔽战线全线崩溃。退休后还得‘驾出租车’过日子,比起那些吃香喝辣的操英语的同事则天渊之别。显然的,下半辈子是没有‘后李光耀’的日子那么舒适……他经常以‘保皇派’的文章投稿《早报》甚至还发明了新词句——凡是反对派”。〖注14〗



海峡时报1983年11月24日剪报

从这份考究材料细细看来﹐虽然没有证据显示这位相当有才华有本事的陈剑在求学期间(从宽柔﹐中正到南大)曾经做过什麽“亲共”(借用李光耀和行动党政府术语)或“亲政府”的举动﹐但从他离校後的活动和生活状况看来﹐他在行动党统治的体制里﹐并不像是受害者而倒像是个得利者。特别是他和一个在政治部当官17年的马共叛徒之间的亲密交往﹐这些和他所标榜的﹑拼命要使人相信的“左派中人”身份实在难以配合。这里所引发的根本问题是:究竟陈剑还可不可以继续被定位为他所引以自豪的《左派中人》?

〖注〗
1.摘自2008年陈剑访谈录﹐来源:http://s-pores.com/2008/01/ccchin/
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以下是 2016-3-16 《人民论坛》的英文翻译:

An in-depth Study of Chen Jian,
aka CC Chin's "left" identity
Translated By Harry Huang(黄毛)

Chen Jian, aka CC Chin, who earned a bit of fame after publishing several volumes of poems and his research works on MCP’s history, has stirred controversies on Internet after publishing a reviewing essay about May 13th Movement on LianHeZaoBao.

May 13th Movement is the counter-conscription protest invoked by students of several Singapore Chinese middle schools in 1954. The focal point of debate: was the May 13th Movement conducted/controlled/planned by MCP and carried out by ABL(Anti-British League) as insisted by Chen Jian?

Although published on the government-controlled LianHeZaobao, the "leftist" rhetoric shown in Chen Jian’s article was not unlike articles published in Chern Sian Pao(Chinese organ of the Barisan Sosialis), the author also seemed wanting readers to believe he stood the same ground with MCP and the same "leftist" sentiments and viewpoints. It is entirely unexpected that such article would invoke such fiery rebuttal from the left.

So I was very puzzled by this debate: was this a harmless argument within the "left wing" ("the storm in teacup" as English saying?) or a real fighting between enemies? I would not have had such confusion if I could understand thoroughly the development and process of 5.13 incident as well as the arguments of both sides about its cause and effect. Due to my ignorance and inadequate political knowledge, the only way to resolve such puzzle is to start from the careful study of their identities, and try to understand and confirm the "leftist" identity of both sides.

Although Chen Jian in the past had never published article at Nandazhan (A Forum for Nantah alumni), but he has been active in various areas, has published books therefore quite visible on the press, therefore would be quite easy for doing background study. I therefore started my study on him and examine others later. I have spent some time, through the help of some friends and schoolmates, and succeeded in producing this inquiry note for your perusal.

Chen Jian’s real name is Chin Chong Cham (Chen Songzhan) aka CC Chin, born 1940 in Singapore (some said he was born in Pulau Tekong), grew up in Johor Bahru, and studied at Foon Yew School (father was business director at school). He transferred to Chung Cheng High School in Singapore in 1959 to continue his study. Entered Nantah in 1962, graduated from the geography department in 1966.

Perhaps due to the political constraints and other considerations, some of my "old leftist"(Lao Zuo) friends are always shy (even nowadays) in revealing their own political identities. Chen Jian stands out in this regards from others by proudly declaring (years ago) that he himself was indeed "from the Left" and supporting "the left-wing movement", supporting MCP. He also declared himself was involved with a book about national liberation movement published by Nantah students. [see Note 1]


I don’t understand the mentality of these "old leftist" friends. Now that MCP has been dissolved and the left-wing movement is no longer a threat to the royal majestic government, what danger is there to reveal own past leftist identity? Besides, the identity of "pioneer generation" is being respected nowadays, perhaps one can enhance own status as "pioneer generation" by revealing own past leftist identity. No wonder sometime you see people on the street jump out in front you to boast their past leftist identity and activities. Perhaps because of this observation, I am weary about those loud self-claimed "leftists", I know I should do some diligent investigation before believing them.

I therefore asked around. I interrogated those friends and schoolmates from 1960s in Chong Cheng High School and Nantah, nobody could confirm that CC Chin had taken part in any "anti-government" or "pro-government" activity. Nobody knew how his "leftist" status was really defined.

According to a Nantah history alumnus who served in the media in Singapore that national liberation movement book that CC Chin mentioned is the book entitled "Brief history Malaya National liberation movement" published by the Nantah Historical/geographical Research Society in 1962. This book was supposed to be published at the end of March to celebrate the "Varsity Week", but was delayed until July of the same year. He questioned any significant connection between CC Chin and this book due to the following two reasons:

Firstly: This book was a very important project among the activities of the Nantah Historical/geographical Research Society, they started the preparation since 1960 or 1961. CC Chin entered Nantah in March of 1962 (at that time the academic start date of Nantah falls on March 15 every year), being a Nantah fresh man without any leftist connection and credentials carried from Chong Cheng High School, it was hard to believe that the Society people would allow him to involve in any significant editing and production tasks of this important publication.

Secondly, the 1964 government-issued White Paper "Communism in the Nanyang University", deliberately mentioned this book "Brief history Malaya National liberation movement" as an evidence to paint the picture that Nantah was really controlled by MCP.[Note 2]. One of the principal writers Lim Hing Gok (Lin Ting E) was swooped up in Feb 2, 1963 Cold Store. It has been a common knowledge that the doctrine of Special Branch/ISD was "never to miss a target rather than to wrongly detain 100" – a policy obviously learned from Kuomintang. If CC Chin really had significant involvement with this closely watched (by ISD) publication, but yet he was not on the ISD Black List, wouldn’t this show incompetency of ISD? (The fact that he entered the Public Service not long after graduation from Nantah proved that he had not been in the ISD Black List, or he had surrendered to ISD and had the name removed from the list). It is another common knowledge that Singapore government always take the ISD Black List very seriously. For example, CC Chin has a cousin Chen Bo Sheng (was in same class of CC Chin at Nantah), he told the story openly how he encountered hardship with employment and even passport issue. Chen Bo Sheng was not even active at Nantah, the reason he was on the Black List was perhaps because he was unwittingly acquainted with some "pro-communist elements".[Note 3]


Except from 1964 White Paper: "Communism in the Nanyang
University" P.10 Source: [Note 2]

I later went to Johor Bahru to meet several persons who were knowledgeable in CC Chin’s background (one is a professor) and I then somehow managed to understand his complicated background from their stories.

CC Chin’s late father Chen Xixia (Chin Sit Har) was allegedly involved in MCP’s "Min Yuen" operations in early years, but in 1951, he was appointed by British as one of the "new village" management board members in the Kempas resettlement area (Johore).[Note 4] The "new village" Plan was a military plan devised by British General Sir Harold aimed to defeat the Malayan communists. To this end, a massive program of forced resettlement of Malayan peasantry was undertaken, under which about 500,000 people (roughly ten percent of Malaya’s population) were eventually removed from the land and interned in guarded camps called "New Villages".[Note 5]

Afterward, Chen Xixia was said to become buddy of a Hainanese ISD agent cum police interpreter Mr. Kuan, nicknamed Bai Mao(White Hair), Kuan became ISD Director of JB after Independence. Because of this background, it was not surprising that the leftist students at Foon Yew School kept at distance from CC Chin, therefore it was also not surprising that CC Chin would act alone and to build his own territory at Foon Yew.


News clipping: Chen Xixia (Chin Sit Har) is appointed as
"new village" management board member [Note 4]

Nobody knows why did CC Chin leave Foon Yew in JB in 1959 and transfer to Chong Cheng High School in Singapore. after hearing the historical background of CC Chin and his father, the leftist students at Chong Cheng also kept a distance from him, no wonder he was absent from all leftist activities at Chong Cheng. In spite of such, CC Chin got to acquaint his first wife (she allegedly worked for the left-leaning Association of Rural Residents after high school graduation ) at Chong Cheng. It was not surprising that CC Chin was not involved with the 1961 "Sec 4 Examination boycott". (This was confirmed from a Boycott Movement Committee member at Chong Cheng).

CC Chin entered Nantah in 1962, perhaps the same reasons prevented him from participating the leftist activities at Nantah. Nobody could confirm if he indeed took part in the publication of "Brief history of Malaya National liberation movement" as claimed by himself.

Allegedly CC Chin went to teach the subject of Geography at the Dunman Integrated Secondary School (NOT the Dunman High School) not long after his graduation from Nantah, but in his response to the poem of Huang Yan (Yellow Rock) published on Nandazhan, he wrote: "after 8 month’s un-employment after Nantah graduation, thanks to the General Elections, I was employed by Singapore Government as a researcher in Transportation and urban planning and then teacher (but I was finally dismissed for political reasons)."[Note 6]

His ambiguous response invoked several questions:

1. Position of "Transportation and urban planning researcher" should not be part of the election department, why did he "thank to the General Elections" for such employment opportunity?

2. He stated that he was "dismissed for political reasons", although he did not elaborate what kind of "political reasons" had costed him dismissal by the government, from the contextual meaning of his statement, one would get the impression that he tried to suggest that he was dismissed due to his past "leftist activities" (to emphasize his "the leftist identity" again?). The question is: He held various positions within the Public Service for several years, if you understand the political climate during that period (1960,70s) in Singapore, you would wonder: what kind of "political reasons" were serious enough to have caused a mere dismissal of him but not a detention under the ISA, like many other leftists in Singapore had encountered?

Subsequently, CC Chin recounted his career followed his alleged dismissal from the public service, how he started from being a tutor, textbook editor, film distribution manager, oil & gas chemical production manager, building hardware sale manager, became oil & gas chemical company director, multinational company Asia Pacific region VP, finally became researcher at ANU, NUS and East China Normal University. He engaged in the Chinese officials training teaching duty for more than 10 years recently.[Note 6] However, he neglected to mention the following items to show what he had accomplished within the PAP administration:

1. On February 6, 1987 He was appointed to be BEAC (Basic Education Advisory Council) VITB (Vocational and Industrial Training Board) member by minister of education Dr Tay Eng Soon. [Note 7]

2. He held the post on Management Committee for Braddell Community Centre in 1981. [Note 8]

3. Appointed member of Feedback Unit, Ministry of Community and Development (predecessor of REACH, PAP’s public opinion collection agency) 1995-97. [Note 9]

4. After the retirement, holds various posts at Singapore Civil Service College (government institute), Nanyang Technological University ("Mayor Training course"?). [Note 10]

The most puzzling thing in CC Chin’s background is his intimate relationship with a Chua Yoke Lim (Cai Yulin), a regular pro-PAP writer on LianHeZaoBao.

In 2013, Chua Yoke Lim published a book entitled "Singapore blows the reform wind: Post-LKY era versus LKY era" to celebrate LKY’s 90th birthday [Note 11]. Someone suggested CC Chin was the "Editor-behind-the-door" of this book [Note 12]. Beside writing introduction for this book, he also arranged the book launch and a forum with the book launch [Note 13]. CC Chin also declared at the forum that: "Today’s Singapore bids farewell to the authoritative politics era, public opinion and democracy are being treated with a more open manner, the scene that the prime minister apologizing to the nation during last general election, government holding the "national dialog" allowing more space for speech this year, these are all the signs of post-LKY era".[Note 11]

History Professor Huang Jianli of NUS wrote this when commenting on the new book:

Although his name was not printed on the pages, CC Chin was actually the editor-in-chief-behind-the-door of this book. On the p16 of his Intro, he revealed that Mr. Chua "emailed me almost after finishing each chapter, asked me to scrutinize and offer critique, and I was delighted to obey." Mr. Chua also acknowledged at the conclusion of p410: "I appreciate Teacher Chin for spending time and effort to revise and re-organize the works after completion of first draft, without his full support, this book could not be published so soon". CC Chin also used the following words and phrases to commend the author and his book in his Intro.: "unique and original viewpoints, logical with support by hard evidences", the book possesses virtues of "systematic characteristics and continuity", "comparativeness" and "enthusiasm and constructive nature".

He also thought that although the book has "the effect of being brunt", but at the same time it maintained "gentle breeze drizzle" and "harmonious commentary mode".[Note 12]

From here it should not be difficult for readers to detect what kind of intimate relationship between CC Chin and the author Mr. Chua.

Who really is this Mr. Chua Yoke Lim? Please read an interesting passage from the Chinese forum (www.malaysia-chinese.net):

Who is Chua Yoke Lim (Cai Yulin)? According to an Intro by Li Yeming (Editor of the Chinese forum "ShuiBiNanYang"), He was actively involved with social reform movement when he was younger. He once joined Malaya Labor party, took part in "Marxist-Leninist-Maoist group" in 1965, he went underground when pursued by police. Afterward he founded the "Malaya National Liberation Front" and became one of the Political Bureau members ... was arrested in Singapore In 1974 and was released next year and then became government officer (Note by author: Research Officer at ISD) for 17 years. Afterward had engaged in the construction trade, the education, restaurant and other professions, also has driven the rental car, retired four years ago.

What did he do in those mysterious 17 years of ‘public service’? His original name was Cai Zhonglong, nicknamed ‘one-eyed dragon’. After he was arrested in Singapore, he could not withstand torture and surrendered finally, sold out the organization, his subordinates and comrades, consequently, the whole organization of "Malaya National Liberation Front" totally collapsed... [Note 14]


According to the materials from this inquiry note, although there is no evidence to demonstrate that this talented and capable CC Chin had done anything amount to "pro-communist" (using vocabulary of LKY and PAP government) or "pro-government" during his student days (from Foon Yew to Chong Cheng to Nantah), but judging from his activities and living conditions after leaving schools, he looks more like a gainer than a victim within the system of PAP administration. In particularly, it is hard to associate his connection with an MCP traitor who had served ISD for 17 years with his self-professed "leftist" identity and image. The crucial question here is: Should CC Chin continue to be recognized as "man from the left", which he so proudly self-proclaimed?

[Notes & Reference]
1.Interview with Chen Jian, 2008 http://s-pores.com/2008/01/ccchin/
2.Communism in the Nanyang University. (1964) Kuala Lumpur: [s.n.], p. 21. (Call no.: RCLOS 335.4 MAL) P.10
Source: http://eservice.nlb.gov.sg/item_holding_s.aspx?bid=4116029
3.www.sginsight.com/xjp/index.php?id=110
4.http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article.aspx?articleid=straitstimes19510613-1.2.98&sessionid=a20150cfc2074223a6853f8cc0ad65d1&keyword=chin+sit+har&lang=EN&token=har%2csit%2cchin
5.https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/yotu/oGSr47pWyrI (Chinese article)
6.http://www.nandazhan.com/zh/szuoshishi.htm
7.http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article.aspx?articleid=biztimes19870207-1.2.36&sessionid=ab29dca316cf4bce9a137b111d0521fb&keyword=BEAC+vitb+chin&lang=EN&token=chin%2cvitb%2cbeac
8.http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article.aspx?articleid=lhzb19881104-1.2.52.5&sessionid=d9c5acc73fb14815b1439b18333ae042&keyword=%E9%99%88%E6%9D%BE%E6%B2%BE+%E5%B8%83%E8%8E%B1%E5%BE%B7%E5%B2%AD&lang=CH&token=%E5%B2%AD%2c%E5%BE%B7%2c%E8%8E%B1%2c%E5%B8%83%2c%E6%B2%BE%2c%E6%9D%BE%2c%E9%99%88
9.http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/SearchResults.aspx?keyword=%20feedback%20groups%20Cost%20of%20Living%20chin
10.http://www.sgipec.org/singapore/college_profile.asp?ID=70
11.http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_966774e60101nale.html (Chinese article)
12.黄坚立:跨越反对浪潮和政权精英之论,《联合早报》2013年10月22日
http://xjp.szu.edu.cn/linkinfo.aspx?id=111 (LianHeZaoBao article)
13.http://www.sgwritings.com/bbs/viewthread.php?tid=71724 (Chinese article)
14.德仁:弯弯山道有裕林 http://www.malaysia-chinese.net/cgi-bin/czread.pl?file=127&User=&Pass=&board=luntan&group=&read=messages/2013/10/140862.html (Chinese article)


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