Dr Chee Soon Juan (徐顺全) is currently the secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), and a trained neuropsychologist.
Dr Chee completed his pre-tertiary education in Singapore before earning his doctorate in neuropsychology from the University of Georgia in the United States. He subsequently returned to lecture at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1991.
During the earlier days of his more than two decades of political involvement, he contested the PAP government and push its legal boundaries for reforms of its authoritarian system. Largely as a result of his perseverance, the Speakers’ Corner was established as a venue for free speech (in 2000) and public protests (in 2008) in Singapore.
Dr Chee believes in and advocates for democracy, human rights, transparency, accountability, justice and equality for a better Singapore. As the head of the SDP, he endeavours to lead the party in bringing about progressive ideas, humanitarian values and positive changes through alternative policies, which he sees as his duty in public service.
Dr Chee has authored 12 books, and has written extensively in various established publications. He has also been invited to give public speeches at international forums and conferences. He is married to Dr Huang Chih Mei (黃智美) and they have three children.
[Book about Dr Chee Soon Juan]:
Teacher Thinker Rebel, Why? Portraits of Chee Soon Juan (2015)
Dr Chee Soon Juan, a young lecturer with the National University of Singapore, burst onto the political scene in Singapore as an opposition politician in 1992. By 1993, he had lost his job with the University, and the Singapore government run by the People's Action Party, as well as the country's main media, was painting him as untrustworthy, foolish and dishonest. Lawsuits and political stones were thrown his way, harping on his obdurate and unconventional ways of challenging the status quo.
For more than two decades, a majority of Singaporeans lived with this impression. But the strange thing was that Chee did not fade away. Instead, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) he leads has grown from strength to strength - impressing discerning Singaporeans with a level of discipline, professionalism and youthful recruitment seldom seen. In the international arena where different media and audience hold sway, Chee has achieved recognition and accolades among the political community.
So who really is Chee the man? The writers in this book paint portraits of the Chee they personally know, and a different picture emerges. We get to know a man of resilience, of sincere intellect and deep patriotism.
It is also a grim reminder to Singaporeans of how the combined unbridled power of a compliant media and an authoritarian government can be the biggest obstacle to truth and community.
This book is available online at: http://yoursdp.org/index/buy/0-13
Books written by Dr Chee Soon Juan (2012 - 1994)
Some of the above books are still available online at: http://yoursdp.org/index/buy/0-13