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Singapore opposition leader escapes jail term

SINGAPORE -- A vocal opposition leader in Singapore Thursday escaped a jail term after an online donation drive raised enough money to pay a fine instead.

Chee Soon Juan, secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), had faced a fine of SG$20,000 (US$16,000) after being convicted of “making an address in a public place without a license” in 2006.

Chee, 48, would have been imprisoned for 20 weeks had he failed to pay the amount by Thursday, prompting his political party to organize an online fund-raising drive.

“We are glad to announce that we have reached the target of SG$20,000 in contributions for Dr Chee Soon Juan's fine,” said a post on the SDP's website.

“More than just keeping Dr Chee out of jail, Singaporeans have rallied and sent a message that they will not sit idly by when the opposition is persecuted.”

February 11, 2011    plsemil@
Watch out China, u r next! People will just get sick of bull crap and baloney eventually and walk out!!!!
February 12, 2011    carltanong@
.....16K $ only??? Too cheap and none significant at all. Singaporean's are mature enough to understand Dr. Chee Soon Juan and his opposition partymate's motives. It's the opposition own money to play the online fund-raising drive donation games. To gain popularity.

Look at Wang Dan. He received from Corrupt Abian 200k $ to splits up Taiwan and the Mainland. That is REAL $ money with "contract of bloodshed agreement"

_Corrupt Abian is "Icon of Corruption".
_Wang Dan, Wu'er Kaixi and the SAL'S are "Icon of Dealer of Death".
_Dr Chee Soon Juan....."Icon of Trash". A politician violated his own country law.
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