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Chee Soon Juan

Dr. Chee Soon Juan is a politician and political activist from Singapore. He is currently the leader of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).
A controversial political figure, Chee has been arrested and jailed several times for his political activities, mainly for repeatedly defying Singapore's laws requiring people to a obtain police permit before staging political demonstrations or making public speeches on political issues. He has also been sued for defamation on multiple occassions as a result of comments he has made about members of Singapore's governing People's Action Party (PAP). He is currently barred from standing in parliamentary elections because he was declared bankrupt in 2006 after failing to pay damages from a lawsuit owed to Singapore's former Prime Ministers, Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong.
Chee joined the SDP in 1992, and became its Secretary-General following the resignation of the party's founder, Chiam See Tong (with whom Chee and the rest of the party's leadership have had a number of disagreements). The party had three Members of Parliament (MPs) at the time Chee took over as Secretary-General, but was reduced to no MPs at the ... » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Yale should renew the human rights argument in Singapore, advocates say
2014-02-21
“Were I a student at Yale, I'd be camped outside the administration office,” said Robert Amsterdam, an international human rights lawyer who represents Singaporean political opposition leader Chee Soon Juan. He spoke by Skype to a group assembled at ...
(New Haven Register)
  1. Yale involvement in Singapore criticized at panel

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SDP not contesting Punggol East by-election
2013-01-15
On Tuesday, party chief Dr Chee Soon Juan said Singaporeans had signalled clearly they didn't want a multi-cornered fight in the by-election. Dr Chee said this is the general feedback the party has received from netizens and members of the public.
(Channel News Asia)
  1. Pullout won't hurt credibility: Chee
  2. SDP pulls out of Punggol East by-election in surprise turn of events
  3. A price to pay for SDP's U-turn?

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SDP knew WP would rebuff plan, says Chee
2013-01-14
SINGAPORE: After going public with its correspondence with the Workers' Party (WP) - which showed the WP continually ignoring its overtures to come to the negotiating table - Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan said on ...
(Channel News Asia)
  1. Candidate line-up gets clearer
  2. Opposition party not contesting in Punggol East

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Chee Soon Juan says SDP plan was "misinterpreted" by the public
2013-01-12
Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan said on Saturday night that his party's proposal to conduct a joint campaign with the Workers' Party (WP) had been interpreted wrongly by the public. Asked why he thought it had received negative ...
(Straits Times)
  1. Are they SDP's candidates for Punggol East?
  2. WP says its focus is to offer choice to Punggol East voters
  3. SDP proposes joint campaign with WP in Punggol East by-election

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Announcement of by-election 'no surprise': Chee Soon Juan
2013-01-09
Announcement of by-election 'no surprise': Chee Soon Juan. 11:03 PM Jan 09, 2013. SINGAPORE - Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan said the announcement of the by-election "has come as no surprise". In a statement ...
(TODAYonline)
  1. Singapore to Wage By-Election Battle After Sex Scandal

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Singapore Democratic Party does first walkabout in Punggol East
2013-01-06
Dr Vincent Wijeysingha (left) and Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Dr Chee Soon Juan (right) at SDP's walkabout at Rivervale Mall in Sengkang. By Tessa Wong Singapolitics Sunday, Jan 06, 2013. The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) conducted ...
(AsiaOne)

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    SDP to contest Punggol East if there is a by-election
    2012-12-27
    At a news conference on Thursday, SDP's Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan ruled himself out as a potential candidate. Dr Chee explained that he is not eligible to contest in an election until 2015. He was given a fine in 2010 which disqualified him from ...
    (Channel News Asia)
    1. SDP wants to run for Punggol East
    2. SDP eyes vacant Punggol seat

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    SDP, Tan Cheng Bock call for by-election
    2012-12-13
    In a statement released yesterday, SDP Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan said the Prime Minister cannot avoid calling for a by-election "without inflicting severe damage to his and his party's political and moral standing". "Mr Michael Palmer resigned ...
    (TODAYonline)
    1. SDP urges PM Lee to call by-election in Punggol East SMC

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    Opposition leader to Yale-NUS: resist 'authoritarian control'
    2012-07-19
    Instead, “Yale seems a rather willing partner” in the ruling party's efforts “to safeguard its authoritarian control,” Chee Soon Juan writes in an open letter to the president of the new Yale-NUS College. Chee, who is secretary-general of the Singapore ...
    (Yale Alumni Magazine (blog))
    1. Yale University Buckles To Authoritarianism - OpEd
    2. Unease grows over freedoms at Yale-NUS
    3. Rights group weighs into controversy over curbs on freedoms at Yale-NUS

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