Chee to launch new book at SDP dinner

August 24, 2008
Singapore Democrats

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Dr Chee Soon Juan has written a new book entitled A Nation Cheated and will launch it at the SDP’s annual dinner on 31 Aug 08, Sunday. Guests will each receive a complimentary copy of the book.

This is the seventh book written by Dr Chee. The first was Dare To Change: An Alternative Vision for Singapore published 14 years ago. Since then he has written Singapore, My Home Too, To Be Free: Stories from Asia’s Struggle Against Oppression, Your Future, My Faith, Our Freedom: A Democratic Blueprint for Singapore, and The Power of Courage: Effecting Change Through Nonviolence.

A lesser known book that the SDP leader has written is not a political one. He co-authored Effective Parenting for the Asian Family with his wife, Dr Huang Chihmei, in 1994. The book was published by Heinemann Asia, a subsidiary of Reed International.

When the book first came out, advertisements were placed in magazines like Young Parents and the authors were scheduled to speak at various book launches and events. Suddenly, however, the ads were pulled and the publisher informed the authors that it would no longer sell the books.

The latest book, A Nation Cheated, describes Singapore’s political-economic system and delves into the many tales that have been spun about it. Repeated over the years, these stories have developed into veritable myths, the most popular ones being that the Singapore economy is the freest in the world, that its people are rich and productive but uninterested in politics, that the legal sysem is the envy of the world, and so on.

A Nation Cheated explodes these myths and describes how the authoritarian system put together by Mr Lee Kuan Yew has de-politicised and silenced an entire generation of citizens, breeding a climate of fear and uncertainty. It shows how the PAP Government uses the political culture to ramp up economic gains at the expense of the people.

The book exposes the weakness of such a system, and outlines the dangers that await the city-state. It also relates how Singaporeans can overcome this problem and bring about genuine stability and progress for the country.

So if you want a copy of the book, make your way down to the Hawaiian-themed party on Sunday.

Event: SDP Annual Dinner
Date: 31 Aug 08, Sunday
Time: 6:00 pm
Tickets: $25 per person
Dinner: Luau buffet
Dress: Something Hawaiian

To purchase tickets, please email us at [email protected] or call Jaslyn at 9239-3133. Support the Singapore Democrats. Come party with the SDP.

For more information about Dr Chee’s earlier books, please check on Publications on this website.