The Sydney Democracy Network (SDN) is delighted to be hosting Dr Chee Soon Juan, Singaporean politician and political activist, and currently leader of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). Chee is a vocal opponent of the ruling People’s Action Party, which has held power since 1959. He has been arrested and jailed more than a dozen times for his political activities, primarily for repeatedly challenging Singapore’s laws that require protest organisers to obtain a police permit before staging political demonstrations or making public speeches on political issues. He was sued for defamation on multiple occasions for opinions he expressed about members of the People’s Action Party. After refusing to pay monetary damages for these suits, Chee was declared bankrupt in 2006, and banned from traveling and standing in parliamentary elections. His bankruptcy has been annulled, paving the way for him to contest the 2016 general election.