Tag Archives: Chee Soon Juan

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED BY THE SDP, DEMOCRACY BEFORE ECONOMIC INTERESTS

This month the SDP celebrates the 36th year of our founding. Anniversaries are good occasions to look back on the journey one has traveled if only to get a clearer picture of the road that still lies ahead. It is old news that in the 1990s, trouble engulfed the party when its senior leaders had a falling out with Mr Chiam See Tong resulting in a split within our ranks.

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DR CHEE: PM LEE SHOULD REVEAL HOW MUCH MONEY S’PORE HAS COMITTED WITH 1MDB

A report by the the online newsite Sarawak Report alleges that Malaysian PM Najib has gotten a RM30b injection of funds from a Chinese construction consortium into 1MDB to secretly pay off its debts. The situation seems to be getting messier by the day and PM Lee Hsien Loong would do well to pay attention to the red flags that are screaming “Go Slow!”

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WHY IS LINA CHIAM SO FOCUSED ON ATTACKING SDP & NOT THE PAP?

Recently, SPP chairman Lina Chiam has been launching attacks on SDP, quarreling about events that happened long ago. Specifically, she is whining about the events that led to Chiam leaving the SDP in 1993 and the proposed reconciliation with the Chiams in 2010. She did it during the Bukit Batok by-election and she is still at it now.

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DR CHEE MOCKED BY PAP FANPAGE AFTER VISIT TO IKEA DURING WORKING HOURS

See this PAP supporter page. Their behaviour is disgusting and symptomatic of the gutter politics in Singapore. Not sure if they are stalking Dr Chee Soon Juan and his family but they snapped his photo when he visited IKEA Tampines with his wife. Why stoop to such low levels to discredit our Opposition politicians? Is there no better way to debate and forward our politics? Only because Dr Chee go to IKEA during office hours, PAP fans take a dig at him, mocking him for being jobless?

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SDP HITS BACK AT SMU LAW PROF FOR SLANDEROUS ATTACKS AGAINST DR CHEE

On May 9, The New Paper published the article, "Best showing, but should Dr Chee be going?" by its reporter Foo Jie Ying. The report featured prominently academic Eugene Tan from the Singapore Management University (SMU) who was also a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP). In addition, a separate article titled "Law prof: Chee lacks staying power" appeared as a sidebar to the main story, also carrying the views of Prof Eugene Tan. Few people expect high-level journalism from a tabloid like The New Paper. But for an academic to make unsubstantiated and biased comments in the two articles is not an acceptable practice in the academic community.

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DR CHEE HAS HIS FLAWS BUT IS STILL BETTER THAN OTHER OPPOSITION CANDIDATES

I agree that SDP's 38.8% is not such a great result for a by election, by local standards. A WP candidate would have broken the 40% barrier, I feel. However, I would not say that Dr Chee has to step down from politics altogether. With this result, he shows that he has more viable a party and profile that many of the kachang putih parties out there. Even more viable than pardon me, the Chiams. Put Lina Chiam in Bukit Batok and I’d say she will not better Dr Chee’s 38.8%.

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WP SUPPORTER: IS DR CHEE A LIABILITY THAT IS PULLING SDP DOWN?

I am an opposition supporter but I have to say some hard truths. Dr Chee has lost 5 elections and even in a by-election, he failed to overcome the 40% threshold, despite being on the ground longer than his opponent, despite facing a less well-known minority race opponent and despite the David Ong scandal. Even a political lightweight from WP like Lee Li Lian could garner 41% on the first try in Punggol East, 54.5% on second try and 48.2% on the third try. Why? Because she has no baggage. It might be time for SDP to shed the "Chee is a martyr whom we all admire" theme and elect a new charismatic leader. CSJ can remain as a member but SDP cannot afford to have him as the main face of the party.

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DR CHEE SHOULD BE MADE NCMP AS REWARD FOR HIS STRONG SHOWING AGAINST PAP

Warmest greetings to all of you after returning from Bt Gombak stadium in the wee hours penning my thoughts, where I traveled from Marine Parade just to lend support to the SDP and its candidate, Dr Chee. Though the SDP lost in this by-election, I felt everything except despair especially after witnessing the conceding speech by the man himself. Even though majority of you remain confused over the smear campaign against Dr Chee and did not elect him but enough of you stood out and pressed the "reset" button to send a clear message! If the NCMP seat did not fall on Daniel Goh, it would have gone to Dr Chee!

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