Singaporeans warm up to Dr Chee Soon Juan as he plots his political comeback
Posted by temasektimes on September 12, 2012
He was called a psychopath, a liar and a political gangster by his political opponents and had his reputation smeared and destroyed beyond recognition by the state media, and yet he trudged on without fear and is now on the brink of making a political comeback.
Singapore’s opposition leader Dr Chee Soon Juan is easily the most vilified man in the history of Singapore as his tumultuous political career stretching more than 20 years was mired in defamation lawsuits and smear campaigns orchestrated by the state media.
Though the older generation of Singaporeans may still have doubts about him, young IT-savvy Singaporeans are warming up to him, judging from the responses to the sale of his book ‘Democratically Speaking’.
Netizens have been publicizing his cause and buying Dr Chee’s books to help him discharge himself from bankruptcy following Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Goh Chok Tong’s acceptance of his settlement of $30,000.
Dr Chee was bankrupted by a series of defamation lawsuits amounting to $600,000 by the two leaders in 2006 and has remained in political oblivion then.
When Dr Chee was at Raffles Place during lunch-time to sell his books with his two children, a curious crowd gathered around him asking for his autograph including students.
Below are some comments by Hardwarezone forumers who bought his book:
“My little support to him, hope he raise his 30k soon. Got a hardcover, content inside look interesting.” – ibichen
“I bought a hardcopy today too, but left in office.There was a small queue when I was there.” – layman
“how much is it huh? moi wanna buy but is at school lei.. it’s a good read one lor confirm can any help me buy?” – fantasyrulyz