Monday, June 30, 2008

Are these the words of a madman?

"If you have truth on your side and you know your cause to be just, you need never fear your rulers and what they do to you." Chee Soon Juan

No, these are not the words of a "near psychopath"(so said MM Lee Kuan Yew) nor one with "antisocial personality disorder" (so said Chua Lee Hoong, Political Editor -
Straits Times). These words came from Chee Soon Juan, a father of 3 toddlers (if I'm not mistaken), jailed many times for his courage to stand up for for his beliefs. For all his 'craziness', the way this non-lawyer put the Lee father and son to silence in Belinda Ang's court (to consider the damages after the summary judgement of the defamation suit) was a revelation to all who bothered to know more about this 'antisocial personality disorder near psychopath", Jee Soon Juan.

The perception I had of Mr Chee Soon Juan was bad, very bad! If my memory serves me well, he's claimed to have cheated his employer of taxi fares, petty cash and even postage fee to send his wife's exam papers for marking. Oh, his worst pictures were also splashed in most newspapers in the "Where's our money?" incident with Goh Chok Tong. And yes, I'm still wondering where's our money. Temasek? GIC? Ho Ching's "Sovereign Poverty Fund"? Where and how much?

With such well-oiled msm machinery I was, like most, led to believe that Chee Soon Juan was a cheat, a liar, a man that I could not and should not trust even with a ten-foot pole. During my those days days, I was too busy 'chari makan', I never bothered much about politics though I was getting more and more dismayed with the arrogance of Lee Kuan Yew's PAP's "my way or the highway" attitude towards it's citizens. The few chances I had to vote, I voted for the opposition, supporting them for their courage, hoping that they gained enough votes not to forfeit their election deposit :) Yes, voting was a serious matter and helping those who fought the Freak who came up with the funny term "freak election result" if his party loses was a vote well used.

It is so easy to be mindless and accept what others say and preach. It is so easy to follow the rest of the sheep and care not what the down and out are struggling for. It is so much easier to be the 'yes man' and not rock the boat even when you know that the boat is going the wrong way. What does it take to wake up to the fact that the 3 meals a day and a roof over the heads for those close to you are more than what you want as a free citizen? What does it take to realise that you've been suckered into respecting and even honouring those
money sucking leeches whose greed for power and despotism is insatiable?

What does it take to take the road less traveled and to stop being a wimp?

Yes, what does it take to stand up for Singapore? To feel, to know and to say that maybe those who call others crazy are crazy themselves. Crazy with power, crazy with their positions, crazy that people are not afraid of them and crazy about money not enough.

It took a chat with Chee Siok Chin at the Burmese Embassy for me to understand a little why the Chee siblings do what they do. I'm a bit tired of the labels that's thrown at them. Why would a guy sacrifice the good time he can have with his family (remember his 3 kids) and spend his time in jail? Some say he's dumb. To those who think he is, I cordially invite them to listen and read the transcripts of the court case to know the difference between the garbage that's thrown at us by msm and the real thing that's happened!

The enlightening audio recordings and transcripts are available here:

Talking about garbage, the stink is getting worse. The way that Aw Cheng Wei of Sunday Times whacked Tan Lead Shake on the death of Tan's brother was cruel. Why does the ST enjoy so much in running a poor man down? Though sympathy is not expected of them, I believe a little empathy is not too much to ask for. Or is empathy only reserved for leaders and eleetists and not for the ordinary men especially those who have tempted fate by running against PAP in elections? Mr Law Sin Ling of National Solidarity Party wrote:

"If the same standard of journalistic sludge was applied to the stricken missus of Minister Mentor Lee (the chief of the PAP) dying under public resources from brain haemorrhage, readers would have been abundantly served sordid stories from Mrs. Lee’s family and the sparks of all their domestic contentions. But alas, the Fourth Estate is all too mindful of the source of their patronage."

Yes, I wonder. Guess we can be sordid to some but empathy and sympathy must always be shown to the special few. I was at a Community Club recently and one of the staff there offered me a nice marker and asked me to sign a giant "get well" card. The card was meant for MM Lee's wife. I told the staff that having suffered a heart attack myself, I do not wish any disease upon anyone, including Mrs Lee. As much as I wish her well I could not get myself to sign the 'giant get well card' . It seemed a little too much (over the top?) and insincere of me to do so. I decline the offer because I do not know Mrs Lee personally and she doesn't know me from Adam.

The astonished look from the staff when I declined was as if I had committed robbery or suicide. I'm still not sure.



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