An Icon of Singaporean Resistance Dies

Said Zahari, a onetime leading journalist who was one of an extraordinary group of anti-colonialists who became implacable foes of the late Lee Kuan Yew, the patriarch of modern Singapore, has died in Malaysia at age 88. Arrested in February of 1963 under the colonial-era Preservation of Public Security Ordinance in the infamous Operation Coldstore engineered by Lee, Zaid spent 18 years in prison, outlasted in detention only by teacher and activist Chia Thye Poh, who was held for 23 years without charge or trial and was subsequently placed under house arrest for another nine years. The still-active Chia, now 75, finished his doctoral thesis in development economics in 2006.

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