Tag Archives: Chee Soon Juan

SURPRISED TO SEE DR CHEE SOON JUAN’S LETTER PUBLISHED ON THE STRAITS TIMES

I am surprised to find Dr Chee Soon Juan’s letter published in The Straits Times (ST) newspaper today (18 December 2014). Dr Chee is the secretary general of Singapore Democratic Party, a liberal political party with several LGBT activists among its key supporters. The editors in ST group probably realised they do not have a choice as they are not the monopoly of information any longer thanks to the internet – Aspiring politicians are able to articulate their views to the public through their Facebook pages or affiliated social-media websites.

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I AM AN SDP MEMBER, I DISAGREE WITH DR CHEE SOON JUAN’S STANCE ON THE CPF PROTEST

I am a SDP party member who cannot help but disagree with Chee Soon Juan's position that we should just forgive RN, HHH and Co's bad behaviour because "freedom" means having the "freedom to make mistakes". (http://yoursdp.org/news/criticise_if_we_must_but_let_us_also_encourage/2014-09-30-5882) The gist of what he said is that we should let things be, "criticize if we must" and excuse the mistakes. Extremely low weight was placed on responsibility. Holding people responsible for their actions is a must, not something to be done "if we must".

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BATTLE FOR THE MIDDLE GROUND

"My own sense is that while a majority of Singaporeans may disapprove of gay practices, they take the stand that people should have the freedom to choose how they want to live their lives, as long as they do not impose their values and preferences on others," says sociologist Tan Ern Ser. "This reflects post-materialist values supportive of self-expression." Institute of Policy Studies senior research fellow Mathew Mathews thinks there will be more "activistic" campaigning to come. "Over the years, as the world changes, more values will be different. You can expect quite a lot of alternative ways of doing things, and more debates in return," he says. "I don't expect there to be any less."

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DR CHEE SOON JUAN: LIFE IN PRISON

I was told by some of the inmates that the screams of the victims after each stroke of the whip makes one lose all appetite for food. The cane breaks skin and draws blood. Doctors are on hand to administer treatment and to assess if the individual can take more punishment. A maximum of 24 strokes is the legal limit and only males below 50 years of age can be whipped. I shared my first night (inmates are rotated in different cells on a regular basis) with a 45-year-old guy from China. His face turned ashen when he told me of his impending ordeal under the rotan. My heart sank further when he told me that many men in his plight leave their countries out of desperation in search of a livelihood. Many are not aware of mandatory caning rule in Singapore.

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Chee Soon Juan okay if his kids supported PAP. But if PAP wasn’t exactly PAP, that is.

Look who’s back. Chee Soon Juan, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) leader, who had his bankruptcy annulled in November 2012, is eyeing the next general election and surveying which constituency to run in, MyPaper reported on April 29, 2014. The 51-year-old could not compete in the last two elections in 2006 and 2011 due to his bankrupt status. And his party pulled out of the Punggol East by-election in January 2013, which allowed the Workers’ Party to compete against the PAP in what was essentially a two-horse race in a four-cornered fight.

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[YOUR LETTERS] PINOYS POLICE PRIME MINISTER

Do the Pinoys really think that they can do as they please in Singapore to the extent of disregarding our Public Order Act which stipulates that a permit is required for any type of public assembly or procession? And they even intend to draw a crowd of 10,000 when it illegal even for one person to protest outside of Hong Lim Park. If it is so easy to just organise a gathering in Singapore (outside of Hong Lim Park), then our opposition politicians like Chee Soon Juan and activists like Gilbert Goh will have a field day organising protests every single day already lah!

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