19 May '11, 2am

TAKE A HIKE | With the GE over and a revamp underway, it's time to take this Time Out-curated 'political history walk'.

TAKE A HIKE | With the GE over and a revamp underway, it's time to take this Time Out-curated 'political history walk'.

The well-spaced palm trees provide little respite from the scorching rays, but really, we shouldn’t be complaining. Back in December 1976, when Secretary-General of the Workers’ Party Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam (JBJ) gave his speech at Fullerton Square (1 Fullerton Sq) , palm trees were probably not in place. Instead, the 1,500 workers who showed up to hear JBJ talk probably had to squint and shove their perspirating bodies as he spoke. His comments were directed at the then Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, remarking on the latter’s management of personal fortunes. JBJ lost the elections, and was eventually sued for slander, under the grounds of accusing Lee of abusing his office as Prime Minister to procure ‘preferential treatment for his brother and wife to their personal financial advantage’. JBJ was ruled to pay $130,000 in damages to Lee; his appeals to the Court of Appe...

Full article: http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/aroundtown/feature/take-a...

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