Since the release of the Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chee Soon Juan’s book, he has been tirelessly stationed at Raffles Place to sell it. On social media, Dr Chee reminisced about how he stood at the very spot the former Workers’ Party, the late J.B. Jeyaretnam sold his own books at.
Dr Chee wrote in a Facebook post yesterday, “I have a soft spot for the place because a few steps away was where JBJ would also sell his book, Make It Right for Singapore”.
He added that apparently, the late veteran politician was desperately trying to raise funds to pay the damages for lawsuit filed by the People’s Action Party (PAP). “I’ll tell you the story of how he came to publish his books another time”, Dr Chee wrote in an aside.
The secretary-general of the SDP then shared an anecdote of an experience the two men shared.
“One afternoon while I has selling one of my other books, To Be Free, Ben was selling his book at the adjacent building The Arcade. From where I was standing, I could hear him bellow: “Make It Right for Singapore!” Folks would get a copy from him and thereafter come to me for my book. And whenever someone bought from me, I’d tell them, go get JB’s book too. It was record sales that day!”
Seeing as how both Dr Chee and Mr J.B. Jeyaretnam were prominent opposition figures steadfast in their cause, the former wrote, “It’s been a little more than 10 years since he passed away. I still miss him. Don’t worry, Ben, we’ll Make It Right for Singapore!”
I'll be resuming sales of Never On Bended Knees outside Clifford Centre at Raffles Place today (12-2 pm). I have a soft…
Dr Chee has written a number of other titles including his latest, ‘Never on Bended Knees’. He has also authored books such as ‘Democratically Speaking’, and ‘A Nation Cheated’.