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Dr Chee has a v.v. gd point

In Political governance on 18/07/2012 at 5:47 am

(Includes clarification on missing update)

[T]he government cannot discriminate against political activities by banning them in public areas, while allowing commercial ones to take place.

“My colleagues and I were prosecuted for distributing flyers without a permit but the police said during the trial that a similar group distributing flyers for, say, a tuition centre does not require a permit,” Chee explained.

“This is not provided for under the law.”

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/four-sdp-members-take-illegal-assembly-case-to-court-of-appeal.html

Sticky Lady, if she gets charged for any offence, should argue along similar lines. If money lenders and property agents are not prosecuted for plastering state property with their telephone numbers, why should she be penalised? Govt cannot use law to punish non-commercial activities only.

Let’s see how the government and judges tackle the point. Prosecutorial discretion is my bet.

I must say Dr Chee has matured from an angry young punk into a mature leader: from comic super hero to an authentic leader. Wonder if KennethJ, Tan Kin Lian and Goh Meng Seng will evolve similarly? Saint JBJ never did (but then his bravery is the stuff of legends), while Low was never a comic action man superhero, Clark Kent than Clark Kent. Chiam (SIGH) has become the White Knight of Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There,when once he was Luke Skywalker.

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On 19th July 2012, I noticed that someone had cited me on something that is missing from above. What happened is that I had tot of updating the piece to include my views on KennethJ the sabo king. I then tot that it would make piece unfocused (from a piece on Dr Chee and Sticky Lady and selective justice to one of these and KJ the king clown), so I deleted it. I didn’t realise that I had posted the Update. If I had known, I would have let the Update stand.

Sorry folks for misleading. It was an honest mistake, I swear.

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  1. It is now time for our PM or another good PAP member to take the initative to change their style of managing Singapore,or else it could be too late.

  2. You must be kidding – “an angry young punk” and a “comic super hero”? You must have read too much ST. With Internet, people finally get to know Dr Chee. (Imagine if there is no Internet today, Dr Chee will still be “an angry young punk” as you wrote.)

    Similarly, with Internet, you now get to see the other side of your politicians, your justice system, and recently, your LAWSOC.

    Think about it.

    • No, if he had not gone on a bender in the 1990s and noughties,focusing on HR and civil disobedience, but had focused on grassroot activities like Low, SDP would have the mass base it is now trying to build. He saw the Light only in 2010. But at least he saw the light: JBJ never did.

      • I guess you simply don’t see the injustice done to Dr Chee by LKY. By your definition, many of the First World politicians are “angry punks” and “comic super heroes.” It just shows how much MSM has shaped your thoughts. There was nothing “angry” or “comic” about Dr Chee’s struggles against oppression. Unfortunately (older generation)Singaporeans were brainwashed to view it as against the nation’s interests.

  3. Xmen,
    Totally agree.

    Always remember this: if you are nothing the govt do not even know you exists. When you are on to something, that’s when the govt would nit pick even when a paltry few dollars can be blown up into a capital case, when they have the chance. By hook or by crook – that’s the govt MO.

  4. And don’t even bet on Tan Kin Lian and Goh Meng Seng, both are just cartoon characters.

    The 4D apps saleman just can’t carry himself well when he is confronted by differing views. And the other party-hopper Ah Seng only like to engage in petty talks in his FB accounts and his once-in-a-while blog entries.

    Got to give it to Kenneth for standing up to the govt on issues no other Singaporeans are willing or courageous enough to face head on. He is taking the govt to court. Whatever the outcome, he stood up, the rest never did.

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