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Chee: Thankful to Bukit Batok for giving privilege to be part of them

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By: Dr Chee Soon Juan/secretary-general, Singapore Democratic Party
I spent a quiet day with my family after the thank-you parade yesterday morning. After a difficult evening the night before, having them next to me was all I wanted.
For me, this by-election was not just a political campaign, it was an experience that, despite the electoral loss, has given me much to celebrate and be grateful for. Having the opportunity to get to know the residents of BB and, more importantly, become a part of the community is a distinct privilege.
Being inspired by so many of you not just from BB but from all over the country, the kind words that you gave – sometimes loudly, other times softly but always sincerely – were nourishment for the spirit. To the many of you who stayed with us after the disappointing results were announced, my eternal gratitude.
And, finally, working with the proud and dedicated men and women of the SDP has enriched me beyond measure and I hope made me a better person.
Politics is not just about a contest between candidates. Politics should be part of our lives because it determines the kind of life we live, the society we build and the future we aspire to.
Unfortunately, through years of heavy-handed political control, large swathes of our society have been de-politicised. As I said during the campaign, this will have grave consequences for our country going ahead. It is already exacting a heavy toll.
This is why our work has not ended, our promise is yet to be fulfilled. We will continue on with the long journey and we will finish it, one determined step at a time.

Republished from Dr Chee’s Facebook.

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