Chee Soon Juan finds Singapore guilty in free speech case

Chee Soon Juan, after defending himself in court from charges of speaking in public without a permit, announced his verdict today, and Singaporeans will not be pleased. “Singapore is guilty,” rendered Dr. Chee, “and the punishment is 5 weeks imprisonment”. There is one bright side to the story, however. Dr. Chee has graciously offered to serve Singapore’s sentence for its citizens, along with his colleagues Yap Keng Ho and Gandhi Ambalam, and he is now carrying out that brazen act of charity within the confines of Queenstown Remand Prison. Singaporeans mostly didn’t notice, and some believed that Dr. Chee’s sacrifice is not really a sacrifice, as daily Singaporean life is not significantly different from life in prison.


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