The article above appeared in the Straits Times today allowed Chee to clarify a number of issues - where he gets his funding and Chiam's exit from the SDP. I'm not too sure what to make of all this since the editors of the papers are still the same people and there is not yet enough evidence to be convinced that they have suddenly become completely objective in their reporting. What I don't believe is that any of this happened without careful thought and a purpose. With an unfriendly MSM, the SDP has had to harness the Internet to reach out to supporters and recruit new members. Today you can access its websites, youtube videos and its articles are replicated in numerous forums and blogs. The next election will see a younger generation born after 1965 forming more than 50% of the voters - this generation, better educated, more widely travelled and less susceptible to simple propaganda....perhaps all these factors led to a change in the MSM coverage of Chee. Tossing names at Chee like one old man did calling him "a near-psychopath" may actually backfire these days.
Martyn See wrote about all this change in attitude of the MSM in his blog(The coming around of Chee Soon Juan and SDP? ) suggested that the change may be due to:
"Perhaps there is a tacit recognition that a bankrupted Chee is already a spent force and thus not a political threat? Perhaps Lee Kuan Yew, after clashing with the Chee siblings in court, saw for himself horns didn’t grow out of their skulls? Perhaps the political desks of ST and Zaobao needed to fill their quotas of articles per month...."
I don't think Chee is a spent force - if anything, his fight for democracy has taken on greater relevance and popularity given the tranformation that has taken place in many asian countries such as S. Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia etc.
Treatment of Chee by the MSM aside, there is something I found extremely disturbing in Martyn See's posting:
"Five years ago in the police station, I was interrogated by the police over the making of my documentary Singapore Rebel. Photographs and minutes of the Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) meetings and activities were produced in front me, and I was asked to identify faces in those snapshots. How did the photographs and minutes end up with the police? Did the police have moles planted in the opposition? Is Lee Kuan Yew an autocrat? You go figure."
If the above is true, the national intelligence agencies may have been used to spy on PAP's political opponents. This is an abuse of power - instead of hunting down Mas Selamat's buddies they have infiltrated Chee's SDP......even if there is abuse, why must they waste resources on this when MM Lee called Chee a "political juvenile" and thus not a real political threat? Is Lee Kuan Yew an autocrat? Hmmm....has there been any doubt of that!