Threats of a mass protest against the awarding of an honorary law doctorate to Lee Kuan Yew by the Chinese University failed to materialise yesterday. Led by the April 5th Action Group, about 50 activists and students shouted 'shame on Lee Kuan Yew', 'shame on the People's Action Party' and 'stop political depression' as Mr Lee, Singapore's Senior Minister, was giving his speech at the convocation ceremony yesterday. Although the small crowd failed to disrupt Mr Lee from delivering his speech, their noise from the back of the open-space venue could be heard by the audience of hundreds. However, except for Chow Ka-kong, a Sha Tin district council member, no one in the audience protested. Mr Chow raised his fist in a Black Power-style salute as the award was made to Mr Lee. Exiled Singaporean Tang Liang Hong, who fled to Australia after losing in the race for parliament as a Workers' Party candidate in 1997, joined the students in the protest. He said: 'I am very disappointed that the Chinese University is awarding an honorary doctorate in law to Lee Kuan Yew. Lee has used the law . . . to oppress and marginalise people with a different view. To confer a doctorate in law on him is a joke and a great insult.' But Mr Lee said: 'I'm not coming here to seek the approval of dissidents in Hong Kong. I've been called many bad things before and I have survived them all . . . I have been elected in Singapore eight times in eight democratic elections by the people of Singapore.' Professor Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, Chinese University vice-chancellor, said the audience was not affected by the protest.