01 January 2000
Modeled on its prototype in London's Hyde Park, Singapore's heavily publicized new Speakers Corner opened for business last September. More than 100 local and foreign journalists thronged to Hong Lim Park to watch the landmark event. In this tiny Southeast Asian island country, where public speeches to more than five persons had long been prohibited, and where opposition politician Chee Soon Juan was jailed for attempting such a speech a year before, the government was now permitting citizens to assemble to speak and be heard. It seemed a significant change.
05 July 1999
A bare-foot, middle-aged man dressed in a checkered sarong and polyester polo shirt stepped up to cast his vote. His leathery face broke into a grin, revealing a row of teeth stained red from years of chewing betel nuts. "I am very proud and happy today!" he announced as he pushed his ballots into the boxes.
15 May 1999
Dr Chee Soon Juan is a familiar figure in Singapore politics and Sintercom had done an interview with him in 1995. He has since published several more books and has been active in various international scenes. Our reader, Charles Tan, submitted this interview he did with Dr Chee to Chong Kee’s SInterCom website.