Chee to be Visiting Fellow at Sydney University

Singapore Democrats

Dr Chee Soon Juan has been invited to be a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney. The SDP secretary-general will be at the University for one month from end May to end June. He will be there to give talks, conduct research and meet with Singaporeans living in Australia.$CUT$

Dr Chee will be giving a public lecture with the theme Is There A Singapore Alternative? on 10 June 2014. The event is organised by the Sydney Democracy Network and the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

Lee Kuan Yew once said “I don’t believe Singapore can produce two top class teams. We haven’t got the talent to produce two top class teams…We will wait and see – how constructive the opposition can be, or will be.”

In the last half-a-century, Singapore has been ruled, some say successfully, by only one party. But problems are beginning to show up in the city-state: income inequality is wide, social tension between the locals and foreigners is increasing, and the stress of living is causing many to emigrate.

Despite all this, is there no alternative in Singapore? Is it true that the country is too small to produce an alternative party and vision to the PAP? Indeed, how constructive has the opposition been and what lies in store for the PAP and the opposition in the next general elections?

Dr Chee Soon Juan, Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party, will answer these questions and more in his Sydney Ideas conversation with Professor John Keane, Director of the Sydney Democracy Network.

For more information about the event, please click here.

Dr Chee will also be giving other talks and seminars to students and the public while in Sydney.

He has in past years undertaken other fellowships. He was Honorary Research Associate at Monash Asia Institute (1997), Human Rights Fellow at University of Chicago (2001), and the Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (2004).

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