While the courts’ have relented and argeed for Dr Chee to call Messrs Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong to the stand for cross-examination, CJ Yong Pung How has not answered the SDP leader’s queries about the Registrar’s handling of the requests made by Messrs Lee and Goh for the hearing dates to be re-scheduled. Below is the second letter Dr Chee has written to the Chief Justice.
20 September 2004
Mr Yong Pung How
Republic of Singapore
Thank you for referring my letter dated 17 September 2004 to the Registrar.
I would like to point out that you have not addressed my concern about the courts’ handling of the requests made by the plaintiffs and myself for the re-scheduling of the hearing dates.
While the Registrar agreed to bring forward the hearing to dates picked by Messrs Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong – and, worse, to have the session to confirm the new dates take place in my absence – he flatly refused to entertain my request for a postponement. The fact that the plaintiffs subsequently withdrew their request is academic.
Given this latest revelation, and the fact that the courts have denied me legal representation and a trial to defend myself in the present matters, you will agree I have much cause for concern as to the ability of the system to render justice in my case.
I have explicitly asked you to address this very disturbing question in my previous letter and I hope that you will do so as quickly as you can.
Chee Soon Juan