MParader Goh Chok Tong in his latest post remembered Chee Soon Juan as the ‘trouble-maker’ of the 2001 GE. That is the image people of my generation generally had of the man.
I first met Dr Chee Soon Juan at a candlelight vigil in 2009, soon after I came back from the USA. (Can’t remember what the vigil was for now.) I went up to him and introduced myself to him and had expected him to start talking politics with me.
I still remember that day because to my surprise, he did not talk about politics at all. He started to talk about the faith that we both had in common – in Christ Jesus.
Since then, I have met him on several other occasions, and have had a couple of meals with him (although I must admit that I don’t know him as well). In all my meetings with him, he came across as a sincere, passionate gentleman who cares much about Singapore.
I just had lunch at a neighbourhood coffeeshop and was surprised that a plate of bak chor me now costs $3.30, and while eating I overheard a man (probably in his late 40s) telling his friend how it has been difficult to find a job.
Man: I send about 100 applications leh!
Friend: Aiyoh! Just walk-in and apply lah.
I am not so sure if it is so easy. Singapore is at a crucial time, we need some people to protect our interests better and I am sure that Dr Chee will speak up for all citizens if he were to be elected. No, he is not the madman the mainstream media has caricatured him to be. In my opinion, he will make an excellent Parliamentarian.
Since I contested in Hong Kah North in the last GE, where three-quarters of the voters are from Bukit Batok, some had asked me if I would contest the by-election in Bukit Batok. “My parents live across the road and it is Bukit Batok constituency. They could be your nominees,” said a kind resident via private message.
Thank you for your goodwill. But there is no need for me to do so. I have full faith in Dr Chee and the team that is behind him.
I hereby endorse Dr Chee Soon Juan for the contest in Bukit Batok smc. #InCheeITrust!