A life without rights

It is very strange for an observer to note Chee Soon Juan, a Singapore dissident and Lee Kuan Yew's foremost critic always defends himself in court in his numerous political cases. It is not what you think. He does this, not because he thinks he is a brilliant barrack room lawyer who can outdo any of those thrown at him by Lee, but because, believe it or not, no lawyer in the entire country will represent him. And this fact speaks reams and reams of the extent to which Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore has descended into a complete island of fear. It is fear that grips the entire citizenry preventing them from saying anything the government does not like. And it is fear that prevents every single lawyer from doing what they were trained to do, as they do all over the world, which is defending rights. Any doubt about the extent of this fear that blankets the entire country should be...

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