Chee Soon Juan, an academically-minded democracy advocate, is scheduled to be crucified in Singapore on Friday. He will be caned just prior to crucifixion. This comes after his searing words against whom he calls “Pharisees” crossed a fine judicial line. Chee had claimed that he would bow down to no king on earth, and claimed to speak for all Singaporeans, but he did NOT have a permit for speaking. (Speaking is prohibited in Singapore without a police permit.) Singapore Donkey interviewed Chee in Changi Prison, where he awaits punishment.
S. Donkey: Good morning, Dr. Chee. You owe a considerable sum of money to MM Lee and his son in damages for several defamation suits. How will it be paid off after your execution?
Chee: Render therefore unto Lee the things which are Lee’s, and to God the things that are God’s.
S. Donkey: So you aren’t angry that your estate will be given entirely to the Lee family upon your execution?
Chee: It is more blessed to give than to receive.
S. Donkey: A very good attitude! What do you think of MM Lee then?
Chee: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
S. Donkey: Singapore is hardly “the world” though. It is just a city.
Chee: The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
S. Donkey: You mean the poor Singaporeans? But these poor Singaporeans continuously voted the Lee family into government for almost half a century!
Chee: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
S. Donkey: Yes, Singaporeans are not into “weightier” matters! But we do like shopping. Is there any hope?
Chee: Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
S. Donkey: Yes, eating is the other great Singaporean pastime. What do you think of Singapore?
Chee: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
S. Donkey: And the Lee family?
Chee: For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
S. Donkey: And it seems you will be the carcass! What do you think of the judicial process that led to your sentence of crucifixion?
Chee: Good is set against evil, and life against death: so also is the sinner against a just man.
S. Donkey: How long do you think MM Lee will live?
Chee: All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
S. Donkey: Eventually. What do you think the fate will be of MM Lee and his wife in the afterlife?
Chee: But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
S. Donkey: Why do you think that Mrs. Lee will also go to hell?
Chee: And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land. And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus’ name, and sealed it with the king’s ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries.
S. Donkey: Indeed. Do you have anything else to add?
Chee: So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king’s commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace.