I grew up with the incarceration of Chee Soon Juan, watched him, heard him, and saw his fall. As much as Lee Kuan Yew was notorious for his ability to ruin politicians (read Devan Nair's open letter to Lee), I did not feel sorry for Chee. He was, to me, a rather huge ruffian. He was too aggressive for my taste. I believe in democracy, but I do not believe in forcing it down people's mouths.
On the other hand, he could have turned out that way because there were no other channels that would hear him. Being pounded to powder by lawsuits and jail terms by people in power would test the limits of your restraint (wiki). Yet, I still see him as not one who could bring his people to freedom. The enthusiasm he harboured was turning into vindictive hate.
My husband was the one who brought him back into my picture. He asked me to watch him again. Chee Soon Juan has mellowed down, he said. I didn't believe him until I watched 1st September's GE2015 forum. He was indeed extremely composed. He spoke of relevant issues, and was not at all accusatory. I am going on a personal observation here by saying that the mad anger in his eyes was gone.
Whichever the case, I welcome his change and am happy he managed not to turn into a psychopath. In full disclosure, I really thought he was.
Then again, his Speaker's Corner speech in 2006 was rather composed as well. With that in mind, I am sitting on the fence as to whether he had indeed calmed down and put our welfare in mind. If Chee Soon Juan can stay on this path, I believe he will be do good for our country as an non-PAP member in parliament.
These buggers on the other hand (in alphabetical order)...
Ang Yong Guan: Aiyoh uncle, you keep waving your pamphlet, and your solutions aren't very viable. Cannot lah. On the bright side, I would rather have you in parliament then Kee Chiu.
Denise + Lawrence, Kee Chiu + Sim Ann: Wahlau how many times you want to bring up town council deficit? Plus, Hsien Long already did his PAP speech during the national day rally. The longest "PAP CAN DO EET" speech in recorded history. We don't need to hear it again. Lastly, Lawrence buay sui go and drudge up cemetery dirt to throw it in Soon Juan's face, not cool lah. Move on can? Sibeh chao lor you camper.
Kenneth Jeyaretnam: Aiyoh you keep trumpeting the same notes. Over. And over. Again. You keep pointing fingers. This one very bad. That one very bad. Lucky you not my boss.
Tan Jee Say: I don't know if you're here for your country, or for your own vanity.