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Singapore detainee for 18 years dies in London
dpa German Press Agency
Published: Thursday February 8, 2007


Singapore- Ho Toon Chin, a former trade unionist detained
in Singapore for 18 years, died in London from a stroke at the age of
70, news reports said Friday.
Ho served one of the longest detentions without a trial in the
city-state. He was released in 1982 and became manager in a small
media company.

Ho had a stroke on Sunday and died in a hospital on Tuesday, his
son Hehao, 21, told The Straits Times from Britain. Ho will be
cremated in London on Monday.

Ho was arrested in 1963 when the government nabbed more than 100
left-wing politicians and trade unionists for alleged subversive
activities.

He was then general secretary of the Singapore National Seamen's
Union, which was later banned.

On his release, Ho disputed the government's claim that his
ideological outlook had changed and that he no longer wanted to be
involved in trade union activities.

He claimed the government's statement was an attempt to "cover up"
its failure to break the will of political detainees like himself,
the newspaper said.

He subsequently married and went to Britain, but retained his
Singaporean citizenship.

© 2006 - dpa German Press Agency