Singapore Maneuvers In Response to Chee

09Dec08

The Far Eastern Economic Review reports on how Chee Soon Juan has managed to put some pressure on the Lees.

Under crossexamination by Mr. Chee during his defamation case in June, Minister Mentor Lee depicted the SDP leader as a political failure, contrasting him unfavorably with Singapore’s two elected opposition members of parliament, Singapore People’s Party’s Chiam See Tong and Low Thia Khiang of the Workers’ Party. Yet Mr. Chee’s strategy of challenging—and breaking—what he sees as unjust laws circumscribing political engagement is not just drawing international attention, but inspiring more SDP colleagues not to be intimidated by the threat of legal actions. Mr. Chee also gets to directly confront and question Mr. Lee through the courts.

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