The IBA (International Bar Association) delegates from all over the world were thoroughly impressed with Singapore, having been through our world class airport, clean streets, Esplanade and world class hotels etc etc. After listening to the impressive speech by our DPM Jayakumar on how the rule of law in Singapore works for the interests of the community unlike the rule of law in Western countries that tends to emphasise individual rights, they probably understood that there is alot they have to learn from an advanced successful 1st world country like Singapore. It is their last day at the conference, until the point in time when Chee Soon Juan walked up to the mic, the delegates have formed a near flawless image of Singapore......
Just because he has been bankrupted and jailed 6 times, mainly for speaking in public, it is not right for him as a Singaporean to stand up in public to share his own experience with these foreign delegates. If he has any personal grievances, he should do what other Singaporeans do - write to the Straits Times Forum or the Feedback Unit. If his problems are more serious than the complaints about roaches at the void deck, I'm sure they will publish it. Asking our esteemed DPM for answers in a public forum with foreign delegates around with simply unacceptable. As citizens of Singapore Inc, we all know that it is important to smile and say nice things about Singapore when there are foreigners around to enhance our corporate image. Asking our esteemed DPM why he was not allowed to defend himself in court & why he was jailed for public speaking is totally inappropriate, foreigners unfamiliar with our unique system of govt may be taken aback and get a negative impression of our govt.
For bashing our govt, Chee is bashed in The New Paper. Like the reporter Andre Yeo of The New Paper, I'm saddened to see a group of Singaporeans bash our beloved govt in front of foreign guests. We, in Singapore, are free to speak as long as we can get the right permits so it is not necessary to confront our leaders in such a manner. As Singaporeans, we must try to ensure that foreign delegates leave Singapore with nothing but praise for our efficiency, beauty and warm people. They have to understand that there are very few Singaporeans like Dr. Chee who have such a strong desire to speak in public and get jailed for it. Most Singaporeans are silent on most issues after 4 decades of PAP rule, the desire is gone!...Singaporeans channel their energy to shopping, eating and making money.
Chee is so unappreciative of the kindness the PAP govt has shown to him. To date they have not used their ultimate law in their rule of law, the Internal Securities Act to correct his wayward actions. Maybe they don't want to turn him into an Aung San Suu Chee. As far as I know the Myanmar junta also believes in the rule of law - any desired government privilege or action can simply be made by the government into a legal provision.