For years, political parties in
Singapore have been complaining
about the apathy of Singaporeans. This complain is mostly true because we
Singaporeans most of the time have no interest in politics.
So it’s came to me with some surprise when I read that around 4,000 people showed up at a protest at
during the weekend. The protest was
against the passing of the now infamous “6.9 million by 2030” White Paper of
the Hong Lim Park Singapore
Now I have written before on how unpopular the White Paper is but even I am surprised by the number of people who turned up at the protest. To be fair to myself, even the organizers of the protest did not expect so many people to turn up. I read that one organizer thought that around 300 people would turn up; in the end, the exact number of people who showed up was 10 times more than expected!
I have to say this proves that the White Paper has hit a raw nerve among ordinary Singaporeans. The crowd at
showed up despite the rain and it
could be argued that even more people would have showed up if it wasn’t
raining. Hong Lim Park
All in all, the White Paper has been nothing but trouble for the
government. Not only are ordinary Singaporeans dead set against it, the
opposition parties in Singapore
have quietly and effectively hopped on the bandwagon. Their presence in the debate has made the situation into a political crisis for the ruling People's Action Party (PAP).
The protest at Hong Lim is almost unheard of in
and it present a new set of challenges for the PAP. It
would be interesting to see how they response to the political millstone The White
Paper had become. The ball is now in their court.