So LauGoh & Harry have decided to let Chee back into the ring.
If Chee can raise $30,000 to discharge himself, and if he stays out of trouble with the law for the next three years, he should be able to run in the 2015/2016 General Election.
Raising $30,000 should not be an issue, if Chee applies himself to it. After all, no-hoper candidates at the last GE were able to raise election deposits for an entire GRC team within 48 hours via Facebook.
SDP has more than 300 supporters, I’m sure. If each of them gives $100, the problem is solved. So lets assume that Chee will be back in action in 2015/2016, after 20 years in the wilderness.
I wonder why LauGoh & Harry did it. Obviously, they have nothing to gain. Chee is a threat to the PAP.
Indeed, I would guess the decision may not have been made solely by them. They would probably have ‘consulted’ the PM.
Perhaps the old men think that, just like importing foreign workers is necessary to spur Singaporeans to work harder, allowing Chee to return will make the next generation of PAP leaders work harder, turn them into real politicians.
Or perhaps they think they can contain the threat from Chee, that Chee is so far out there it doesn’t matter whether he runs, he would not appeal to mainstream voters.
Whatever the reason, Chee will be back.
Like a computer game character given an extra life, lets hope Chee plays his cards wisely this time. He doesn’t have that many years left.
Was it worth it for Chee, to spend 20 years in the wilderness because he refused to play by the rules?
Is it worth it for the PAP, to let Chee back into the ring?
We shall soon find out.