Police call protesters and two others for questioning

November 18, 2005
Singapore Democrats

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The police have called up the four activists for questioning over the protest outside the CPF Building on 11 Aug 05. Ms Chee Siok Chin, Ms Monica Kumar, Mr Tan Teck Wee, and Mr Yap Keng Ho all received letters from the police asking them to avail themselves for questioning.

In addition, Dr Chee Soon Juan and Mr Lim Tung Hee have also received similar letters (see below). Dr Chee was selling his book The Power of Courage and Mr Lim was assisting him.

Unable to pin the protest down as one of illegal assembly as the Constitution states that only five or more persons was unlawful, the police are now roping in Dr Chee and Mr Lim so that the number surpasses the four-person limit.

The six are now being investigated for:

i. Participating in an Assembly without a Permit under Rule 5 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act (Public Order & Nuisance) (Assemblies & Procession) Rule, Chapter 184.

ii. Public Nuisance under Sec 290 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

In addition, Dr Chee and Mr Yap are also being investigated for “Possession of a Film Without a Valid Certificate under Sec 21(1)(a) of the Films Act, Chapter 107.” This is in reference to a clip about the 500,000-strong protest that took place in Hong Kong in July 2003 that Dr Chee had with him when he launched The Power of Courage on 9 Jul 05 at the Grand Plaza Parkroyal Hotel.