Even if you’re apolitical like BuffLord95, you’d know about this man:
This is Dr Chee Soon Juan, a 57-year-old politician who has abs that’d make all other 57-year-olds feel flabby.
The leader of Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has been active in the opposition scene, contesting in the General Election since 1992, when some of you weren’t even born yet.
Back then, his candidacy has attracted considerable media attention since it wasn’t common for an academic from a public university (NUS) to go head on with the Government’s party in an election (his first election was a by-election).
Dr Chee continued with his effort to get into parliament by contesting for every election until 2006, when he was declared bankrupt after losing a defamation case by two former prime ministers, Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong, and failing to pay the damages. Anyone who’s still a bankrupt can’t run for election, so he was out of action in the 2005 and 2011 elections.
However, he was discharged from bankruptcy in 2012, and therefore started contesting again since 2015.
He contested as a candidate of Singapore Democratic Party in Holland-Bukit Timah GRC and lost to the incumbent PAP team, which is led by Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister responsible for driving the Smart Nation Initiative Dr Vivian Balakrishnan.
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Dr Chee’s team garnered 31,380 votes, or a total of 33.38% of the votes.
The Bukit Batok Man
If you remember him as the Bukit Batok man, I don’t blame you.
After all, the 2016 Bukit Batok by-election could well be the only election we can remember since it’s been a while since we head to a polling station.
Back then, incumbent Bukit Batok MP, David Ong Kim Huat from the PAP, resigned due to “personal reasons”, having admitted committing a “personal indiscretion”. While there has been reports about an extra-marital affair, there has been no confirmation from the man himself.
And with that, a by-election was called.
Instead of a ten-party fight between nine opposition parties and the PAP, it eventually boiled down to a two-party fight: PAP’s Murali Pillai and of course SDP’s Chee Soon Juan.
The fight was rather intense since the whole of Singapore was watching how Bukit Batok would unfold: would Goody Feed finally shift its office away from Bukit Batok because it’s so hot there, or would Chee Soon Juan finally get into parliament?
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Well, we all know the results: PAP’s Murali Pillai won with 14,428 votes, which comprises 61.2% of the votes.
Back then, Dr Chee said that if elected, he would be a full-time MP for Bukit Batok, adding that “when I wake up every morning, my first destination is Bukit Batok.”
So people would be wondering: where is Dr Chee going to contest this time around? Would he still wake up to Bukit Batok, or would he head over to Holland Village to disperse the crowds?
Well, it seems like his destination is still Bukit Batok.
Dr Chee Soon Juan “Double Confirm” Contesting in Bukit Batok SMC in Upcoming GE
The man himself just posted a live video from Bukit Batok, saying, “Like it or not, over the next three weeks Bukit Batok, you’re going to be seeing this face smiling at you.”
Not obvious enough?
Look at what his volunteers are wearing.
Still not obvious enough?
When TODAYonline asked if he would be contesting in Bukit Batok, he said, “Confirm, double confirm.”
If you need more confirmation, you might have to slide him a DM le.
He said in his video that he would explain more about his policies in the coming days.
You can watch his video here:
His party will also have a live Facebook event on 24 June 2020 at 8pm.
Our question is…by then, parliament by then dissolve liao or not?
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