Below is the letter that Dr Chee wrote to the Registrar of the Supreme Court where he further points out the disturbing series of events that question the impartiality of the courts in dealing with the lawsuits that the MM and SM have brought against him.
S 1459/2001/F LEE KUAN YEW V. CHEE SOON JUAN
S 1460/2001/X GOH CHOK TONG V. CHEE SOON JUAN
You explained in your reply dated 21 September 2004 that the Registry did not accede to the plaintiffs request for the dates of the hearing for assessment of damages to be moved forward.
This point is moot because the plaintiffs had withdrawn their request. Even then it remains a mystery why you called for the parties to attend court on 26 July 2004 when you had full knowledge that I was away (I had written to you in January this year to tell you so) and would not return to Singapore until August 2004.
Did you really expect me to fly all the way from the US back to Singapore to attend the hearing on 26 July 2004 so that the Registry could hear all parties on the request? If I could do that, we might as well have conducted the actual hearing for the assessment, might we not?
Let me also point out that in your letter to me dated 16 July 2004, you wrote that the parties were to attend court to confirm not consider the new dates. If the hearing was just to confirm the new dates picked by the plaintiffs, why bother to ask me to be present?
Knowing that I was away, was it so difficult for you to inform the plaintiffs to wait for me to return to Singapore and then call the parties to come together to agree to another date? Why the anxiety to bring the whole process forward as the plaintiffs had requested?
Now contrast this to my request. Yes, you had asked for the parties to attend court on 2 September 2004 to hear my application to postpone the September-hearing dates. But then Mr Lee and Mr Goh strenuously objected to my request and you quickly wrote to me to say that my application had been rejected and that the hearing on 6-8 September would proceed as fixed. Two questions scream to be answered:
1. Why did you agree to hear my request and then change your mind so quickly when the plaintiffs objected without hearing me first? This is in contrast to the fact that you were willing to hear the plaintiffs request even in my absence.
2. Why did you not tell the plaintiffs, as you had told me, that no re-scheduling was permitted and the original dates for the hearing for assessment would proceed as fixed?
This is not a trivial matter. It runs right to the heart of my case and to the question of whether I have received, and will receive, impartial treatment and consideration from the judiciary in the above matters. I stand to pay enormous damages to the plaintiffs that will, to put it extremely mildly, have a tremendous impact upon my life and my familys well-being. I am sure you understand my concerns and I hope you will address them without further equivocation. The non-answers that you gave in your reply are completely unsatisfactory.
I want, and I am entitled, under the Constitution, to be treated equally and fairly by the courts regardless of the fact that my opponents are Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Mr Goh Chok Tong.
Chee Soon Juan
(24 Sept 2004)