Articles: Perspective

CSJ's closing submissions for contempt of judiciary, 2006

16 March 2006

As the AG has preferred a charge against me, I believe I am entitled to a trial where I can call witnesses to demonstrate the truth of my statements and to document with precision how the courts in Singapore have been used by the PAP Government to maintain its chokehold on the country.

I have said before I will not run away. I am here to face my accuser and the very people whom I have criticised. I am here to speak the truth, whatever the consequences may bring.

If you are going to charge me for contempt of court, at least have the decency to allow me the opportunity to defend myself. There is nothing honorable in a fight wherein you bind and incapacitate your opponent.

Mass assembly the right of Singaporeans: CSJ

25 July 2003

Below are excerpts of the keynote address Dr Chee Soon Juan gave at the recently held International Youth Conference for Democracy organised by the Young Democrats of the SDP. 

Chee Soon Juan's closing submissions for trial of May Day Rally 2002

06 October 2002

Below are excerpts of Dr Chee Soon Juan closing submissions which he made at the conclusion of his trial. He is charged for wilfull trespass and speaking with a permit when he tried to hold a rally on Labour Day (May 1, 2002) outside the Istana.

CSJ's submissions in the tudung trial

29 July 2002

Dr Chee Soon Juan made his closing submissions at the end of his trial over the tudung issue. Below are excerpts of his argument:

Singapore: Asia's gilded cage

17 April 2002

Few States fly as far under the international community's human rights radar as Singapore. A prosperous, in many ways Western-style nation, Singapore is barely mentioned at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Occasional references to conscientious objection to military service and the death penalty aside, the Singaporean delegation sit smugly while their Asian neighbours face a barrage of NGO, and often State, criticism.

The puzzle that never was

29 January 2001

Singapore society confounds the theory that wealth leads to an opening up of society. The Lion City is an affluent society unable, some say unwilling, to break out of its authoritarian mode. Therein lies the puzzle that the Singapore is.