Excerpts from TODAY:
Call it the touch of the unusual in Singapore politics. He has been jailed six times, hauled to court for defaming Singapore’s top political leadership and has even taken his civil disobedience campaign to an American university — where the then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong was to receive an honorary degree — by attending a forum organised by those who had opposed the award.
And most recently, he publicly grilled two of Singapore’s most powerful men — Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew — in a high-profile defamation case. The lawyer for the Lees described the defendants’ actions and statements in court as political theatre.
But what is it that drives this 46-year-old former Anglo Chinese School student with a doctorate from the University of Georgia to engage in a form of noisy political brinkmanship with civil-disobedience style resistance as the centrepiece of that struggle?
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