The Straits Times
Published on Oct 11, 2012

SDP members' Court of Appeal bid rejected


Four Singapore Democratic Party members convicted of being part of an illegal assembly have failed to take their case to the Court of Appeal.

They argued that the matter raised legal questions of public interest on topics including the balance between citizens' right to gather peacefully and restrictions in the name of national security. But their bid was dismissed by the High Court on Wednesday.

Party chief Chee Soon Juan, 49, his sister Chee Siok Chin, 45, assistant secretary-general John Tan Liang Joo, 49, and film-maker Seelan Palay, 26, were convicted of holding an assembly without a permit on National Day 2008.

They were part of a group that gathered in front of an HDB block in Toa Payoh to publicise the party's campaign against high ministerial salaries, the goods and services tax and the cost of living.