Dr Chee Soon Juan raises $30,000 to pay Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong
Posted by temasektimes on September 24, 2012
In a sign that the winds of change are blowing in Singapore, Singapore’s foremost opposition leader Dr Chee Soon Juan managed to raise $30,000 pay former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong in a record time of only 10 days.
Dr Chee was sued for defamation by the duo in 2006 and was bankrupted as a result after a Singapore judge awarded a shocking $600,000 in damages to the plaintiffs.
The campaign started in earnest on 11 September 2012 when it was announced that Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Goh Chok Tong would accept the $30,000 Dr Chee had offered to annul his bankruptcy order.
Since then, Dr Chee has been selling his books in public places and a Discharge CSJ Fund website was set up to raise funds for him online.
In a post on the official SDP website, Dr Chee thanked everybody for his support:
“I want to thank everyone who chipped in. It was a stunning success and it was the effort of the people who showed that they wanted to write the story of Singapore’s Democracy.”
Dr Chee will now make the necessary arrangements to remit the money to the Official Assignee this week. Mr Lee and Mr Goh will upon receiving the money take a formal vote to accept the amount whereupon the OA will then annul the bankruptcy order.
Given the dismal performance of the PAP’s approved ‘opposition’ in parliament so far, Singaporeans are clamoring for a towering political figure in the mould of Dr Chee who will dare to challenge the ruling party head-on.
The real opposition should unite and form a coalition like Malaysia’s Pakatan Rakyat against the PAP-WP alliance in 2016 and Dr Chee is likely to play a pivotal role if he is able to discharge himself successfully from bankruptcy.