Candidates: Dr Chee Soon Juan
28 August 2015
Dr Chee Soon Juan (徐顺全博士) is currently the secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).
Dr Chee completed his pre-tertiary education in Singapore before earning his doctorate in neuropsychology from the University of Georgia in the United States. He subsequently returned to lecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1991.
During the earlier days of his more than two decades of political involvement, he pushed for reforms of the PAP's authoritarian system. Largely as a result of his perseverance, the Speakers’ Corner was established as a venue for free speech (in 2000) and public protests (in 2008) in Singapore.
Dr Chee believes in and advocates for democracy, human rights, transparency, accountability, justice and equality for a better Singapore. As the head of the SDP, he endeavours to lead the party in bringing about progressive ideas, humanitarian values and positive changes through alternative policies, which he sees as his duty in public service.
Dr Chee has authored 12 books, and has written extensively in various established publications. He has also been invited to give public speeches at international forums and conferences. He is married to Dr Huang Chih Mei (黃智美博士) and they have three children. He blogs at: http://cheesoonjuan.com
- Fellow, University of Sydney, Australia (2014)
- Prize for Freedom, Liberal International (2011)
- Fellow, National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC, US (2004)
- Defender of Democracy Award, Parliamentarians for Global Action (2003)
- Hellman/Hammett Writers Grant, Human Rights Watch (2003)
- Fellow, University of Chicago, US (2001)
- Fellow, Monash Asia Institute, Australia (1997)
- Chairman, Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (2008-2010)
- Chairman, Alliance for Reform and Democracy in Asia (2000-2015)