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Chee to launch new book
Chee to launch new book
Added on: Tuesday 17 July 2012
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Dr Chee Soon Juan
has written a new book titled Democratically Speaking which deals with various subjects including Singapore's political
economy, the need for dissent in the country, and the dangers of the
lack of the rule of law.
The book will be launched on 5 August, Sunday at The Substation starting at 3pm.
Dr Chee's latest publication also
contains letters, speeches and legal submissions that he has
written over the years. It is the eighth book that the SDP
secretary-general has written.
Speaking consists of 16 chapters clustered around four parts. Part 1
talks about the future of our economy and the PAP Government's push into the world of high-finance and our becoming a tax
Part 2 relates how
Singaporeans have been forced into accepting the future direction of
our political economy. It details the importance of dissent and
points out how we, as a people, can go about reclaiming our political
rights and civil liberties.
Such an effort, however,
needs the rule of law. Part 3 of the book discusses the concept of the rule of law. It also demonstrates how the Government has decimated the practice of the rule of law in Singapore and explains the need
for the Judiciary to ensure the robust adherence to the principle
and, so doing, protect the fundamental freedoms of the Singaporean
Part 4 includes the
many missives, articles, interviews and speeches that Dr Chee gave in
the past – from the early years of his political involvement to the
Below is an
excerpt from one of the chapters:
Apart from Mayan eschatology, 2012 is
also significant—for me, at least—in another respect. It marks
the 20th anniversary of my involvement in politics, or more
accurately, in the struggle for freedom in Singapore. Event: Launch of Democratically Speaking
period, I have raised a plethora of issues—from the high-profile to
the more obscure, crossed swords with the rulers of this country and
partaken of significant political events in Singapore. I hope that I
have been able to influence, to whatever degree, Singapore’s
politics; it certainly has influenced me.
Through it all, one word has always
occupied the centre of my political work. Indeed, it is more than a
word. It is a belief, a way of life that has eluded this nation and
her people. It is a goal to which I have dedicated my life to
achieving. That word, that belief, that goal is democracy.
I admit that democracy is not a subject
that lends itself to urgent attention in a society preoccupied with
material riches. But I can no longer wait to warn the people of the
dangers that lie ahead than can society afford not to pay attention.
Unfortunately, by the time the situation turns so dire, we may rue
the lost opportunity to defend our political rights and ourselves.
There is much that we can do to change
course and we must apply ourselves with urgency. For this reason, as
unattractive and as unenviable as the task maybe, the effort to rouse
the nation from its political slumber must continue. This book, a
summary of all that I have been saying and doing for the last two
decades, is my contribution to that effort.
Date: 5 August 2012, Sunday
Venue: The Substation Theatre, 45 Armenian Street, S 179936
Prices: $30 (paperback); $50 (hardcover)
Buy: Democratically Speaking is available for online purchases here.
|Total comments: 16|
Go for Chee (03 August 2012 10:31 AM)
Right On and right timing... hope and pray that the debts to the lees and goh will be paid off b4 the 2016 election. Am your supporter for democracy and our one party is too long in power - they have no more fresh ideas already, that's why so many heads in the lee office to crack. will support you by buying a few of your books and maybe can also think of other ways to generate more funds.
PAK C BO CHOW
Ivan (02 August 2012 1:00 AM)
Great to hear that DR Chee launch his new book, by the way Dr Chee intend to publish Chinese edition of this new book?
alan tan (30 July 2012 2:20 PM)
do you sell it as an ebook?
Shawn (29 July 2012 0:39 AM)
I will surely buy a few copies to my close friends who r pappies supporters! Hope sdp will come woodlands for GE 2016
Shawn (29 July 2012 0:37 AM)
I support chee.
Andy (27 July 2012 9:58 PM)
I will be waiting for the online purchase, and please make it available for oversea supporter too.
zebby (27 July 2012 7:43 PM)
available by mail order?
Kai Quan (27 July 2012 6:30 PM)
Am I able to purchase online? Will it able to shipment to overseas?
Bila Bila Ong (27 July 2012 6:27 PM)
Dear Dr Chee
I believe in you! I think you are the only opposition who got the ball rolling after JBJ. Hope you stay this and seriously hope that you will contest in 2016. You have been made a bogeyman just like how JBJ was made. I think that is the real fear they have on you.
Wish you all the best DR Chee.
Fan of Ong Teng Cheong
Bernard Tan YJ (19 July 2012 2:14 AM)
the color code is hard to see.
anyway, am going. cheers!
SDP (17 July 2012 11:38 PM)
How much is the book? Would it be available at the launch?
DF (17 July 2012 10:33 PM)