Opposition leader blocked from launching book by NLB

Local politician Chee Soon Juan tries to launch book in our National Library, gets rejected.

The Lifelong Learning Institute cancellation wasn't the only incident in my effort to secure a venue for the launch of…

Posted by Chee Soon Juan 徐顺全 on Sunday, January 20, 2019

A brief transcript, in case you can’t see the post above:


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NL: Unfortunately, both rooms are not available on 26 Jan 2019.
Me: How about the Saturday before or after?
NL: We do not have any Seminar Rooms available on all the Saturdays and Sundays in January.
Me: What about February 2019?
NL: We do not have any Seminar Rooms available on all the Saturdays and Sundays in Feb & Mar 2019.
Me: From April 2019 onwards, is there any date available on weekends?
NL: We do not have any Seminar Rooms available on all the Saturdays and Sundays from Jan – May.

At first, it seems like a case of insufficient notice. Who expects a public venue to be available on such short notice? However, as the exchange goes on, it does seem like NLB might not want to host Dr Chee.

From NLB’s website, they do seem to allow bookings for private events, so maybe Dr Chee is just unlucky, and he’s taking the opportunity to make a public institution look bad?

Wouldn’t it have been easier to say from the start that they couldn’t rent me the rooms?

What do you think?


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