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Chua Lee Hoong's character assassination attempt on Dr Chee Soon Juan
The Online Citizen's facebook posting on 7 March, 2012:
In 2008, Dr Chee in his magnanimity chose not to send a lawyer letter to ST's Chua Lee Hoong for her "unwarranted scathing attempt at character assassination of the most uncharitable kind" *as described by the late Anthony Yeo). Ms Chua had written in that newspaper then, "Today, one cannot help but conclude that the trailblazer (Dr Chee Soon Juan) is more a sputtering meteor, and perhaps one with an antisocial personality disorder.”
Character assassination of the most uncharitable kind Posted by The Online Citizen on June 9, 2008 (source)
Anthony Yeo, Consultant Therapist
at the Counselling
Centre, wrote the following letter to the
Straits Times political editor, Chua Lee Hoong.
Morning Chua Lee
deny how appalled I was reading your article on Chee Soon Juan (ST June
It appears to be an
unwarranted scathing attempt at character assassination of the most uncharitable
This attack culminated in
your amateurish attempt at offering a diagnosis of his personality that is
flawed in all ways as a diagnosis of personality disorder requires a fuller
expose of that which constitutes a disorder.
MM Lee Kuan Yew decided to
engage in such denigration of Chee Soon Juan on more than one occasion. His name
calling of him as being a psychopath reflects his ignorance as to what a
In any case, such
labelling with psychological nomenclature merely exposes his truncated
understanding of what a psychopath is, of which Chee does not in any way
This goes for you as well
in your rather denigrating, demeaning and dismissive description of
Chee.. You have chosen to
highlight whatever you consider to be flaws in his approach and even worse, his
And yet, those of us who
know him and have worked in some ways with him know otherwise.
I do wonder if you would
do yourself, and the public for whom you wrote that article, a favour by
embarking on a careful research of everything else he stands for and all that he
has been doing without fanfare and publicity. And having done that, would you
then have the integrity to offer another perspective of him, another “truth”,
that you have so carefully sought to present in your article.
I would have thought
there could be a little more charity in commenting on Chee rather than indulge
in augmenting the already prejudicial opinions of this man.
One would have thought
that any person regardless of what he does deserves respect and regard for human
worth and dignity.
case, if you do wish to be better acquainted with what would present as an
anti-social disorder, I would gladly assist on the basis of my more than 36
years of psychological work with disturbed people.
Yeo Consultant Therapist Counselling and Care Centre
Who is this hatchet woman and court jester?
From Disgrace – The life and times of Chua Lee Hoong (here)
Chua Lee Hoong of the Straits Times is nowhere near being a prose stylist, nor
is she a seasoned chess player, she does harbour pretensions to be court advisor
to the ruling regime. But subtlety is not her forte; subterfuge is. Thus when
she pours scorn on the Internet only yet again, it reminds one
that journalism is merely a gambit for her more duplicitous ambitions. Chua Lee
Hoong is not a journalist; certainly not of a class of the more respectable
newspapers, but rather like a pawn columnist of a party newsletter. Pity her