The Straits Times
Published on Sep 20, 2012

Catholic Archbishop withdraws letter to abolish ISA


The head of the Catholic Church in Singapore has confirmed that he wrote to an activist group backing its call to abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA) - but withdrew the letter later fearing it could affect the country's social harmony.

Archbishop Nicholas Chia, 73, on Wednesday said he had retracted the letter to Function 8 after he reflected on it and became concerned it could be used "in a manner that I did not intend".

The response came a day after blogger Alex Au wrote on his site Yawning Bread that the Archbishop had written to Function8 ahead of an anti-ISA rally in June.

Mr Au said he had not seen the letter, but heard it was "warmly-worded" and that it expressed support for the rally and the call for the ISA to be abolished.