Posts Tagged ‘chee soon juan’

Mercy, or just a tactical move?  South China Morning Post: Prominent Singapore opposition leader Chee Soon Juan has been discharged from bankruptcy, the government said, after an unprecedented concession by two former prime ministers to whom he owed about S$500,000 (HK$3.2 million). Ex-prime ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong agreed to accept a […]


Lee Kuan Yew rarely forgets, but occasionally forgives.  Today: Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan said today that former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong have accepted his offer of composition of S$30,000 to annul his bankruptcy. Dr Chee was declared a bankrupt in 2006 after failing […]


And that “we” (who?) do not want Chee Soon Juan and JB Jeyaretnam.  Monsters and Critics: Singapore founder Lee Kuan Yew justified the city-state’s defence spending as necessary to resist any possible pressure from its larger neighbours. ‘Without a strong defence, there will be no Singapore,’ Lee said in an interview published by the Sunday […]


SDP chief Chee Soon Juan reviews Constructing Singapore: Elitism, Ethnicity and the Nation (Amazon).  Wall Street Journal: The “Singapore Story” — the title of the first volume of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s autobiography — is that a mandarinate elite built a bastion of political and economic success on twin pillars of good governance: […]


The SDP’s indefatigable Chee Soon Juan courts defamation suits yet again by pointing out that the emperor has no clothes.  Part 1: There’s nothing wrong, of course, about making bad predictions. Let’s be fair, everyone at some point has made calls that have turned out embarrassingly wrong. Mr Lee has made, and will make, his […]


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 […]


Wall Street Journal Asia is fined S$25,000 for their “two decade attack on judges“, consisting of publishing two less than complimentary editorials (first, second) and a letter from Chee Soon Juan.  (Quick recap of the whole saga here.)  This quote from the Straits Times says it all, really: THE High Court on Tuesday fined Wall […]


Human Rights Watch criticizes the recent defamation damages awarded to the Lees: “Using defamation laws to silence peaceful political speech makes a mockery of Singapore’s claim to be a model democracy,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Opposition criticism of the government is an essential ingredient of a democratic political system.” […]


Yet another utterly unsurprising conclusion from yet another defamation suit.  Asia Sentinel: Singapore’s dynastic Lee family has again put an opposition party out of business, this time with an order from the Singapore High Court to the leaders of the Singapore Democratic Party to pay S$610,000 in damages for defaming Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong […]


Chee Soon Juan’s new book A Nation Cheated touches on the official history of Lee Kuan Yew and the PAP.  CSJ’s speech, as quoted on the SDP website: The picture that emerged was one not quite the story that I heard and read growing up. In a nutshell, the Professor’s [Tim Harper] account was that […]



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