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Friday September 19th 2014

Mass protest on 16th Feb – biggest event since post-independence?

We have finally confirmed the speaker list after going through twenty over people who wanted to speak on that day.

I have tried my best to see everyone personally who have written in wanting to speak on that day  as I felt that this is respectful of their earnest desire.

We now have confirmed  Mr Lee Kah Jing - actuary, Mr Cradius Tan – medical technologist, Ms Samantha Chia – event co-ordinator, Mr Nizam Ismail - lawyer  and  Ms Sem Teo - customer service officer as part  of   the 12-strong speaking contingent.

Ordinary Singaporeans  speaking

Most of these speakers  are ordinary Singaporeans who want their voices to be heard on the population white paper and they will be stepping out on to the green grass of Hong Lim Park for the first tiime  -  I am sure that it will be a very poignant moment for them as well.

They are  not solid eloquent speakers like Nicole Seah but I felt that they have a strong message to bring across to the country  and more importantly they will speak from their heart from what I have found after talking to them for an hour or two individually.

I realise that those who come forward to speak are ordinary Singaporeans who love their country  alot and I have to control my emotions a few times when I heard of how they felt increasingly frustrated by the policies of our government.

Many  are sadly   looking at emigration to get out of the country in search of a greener pasture abroad and I don’t blame them one bit for  doing that given the circumstances we are in right now.

Other speakers

Mr Tan Jee Say,  Mr Tan Kin Lian, Mr Vincent Wijey, Mr Leong Sze Hian, Mr Ravi Philemon, Ms Jeannette Chong, and  Mr Kumaran Pillai  are among the other prominent speakers for the event.

Each of them will be given ten minutes to speak so that everyone will have their chance to express their views equally.

On that day, every speaker  is a Singaporean first regardless of political party affiliation, race, profession  or religion.

We also want to emphasize the message of unity on that day as  I feel Singaporeans are basically disunited, fragmented and very much fighting their own personal battle alone.

Hopefully, the event can unite Singaporeans together as one powerul voice in peaceful protest against the population white paper.

A professional singer Ms Oniatta Effendi  is  also singing on that day and it promises to be an occasion whereby nationalistic emotions will be stirred as we try to encourage frustrated Singaporeans to fall in love with their country again.

I have a hard time rejecting alot of professional people who want to be part of the peaceful mass protest on 16th Feb at 4pm at Hong Lim Park.

We  are also hearing  the concerns of many people when they heard that politicians are speaking and have tried our best to include common people so that the event does not look like a opposition rally.

Politcians have their part to play in local politics but this is a Singapore-first event and I have ask them to speak mainly on a personal capacity ie. as  a Singaporean rather than a politican.

So far, we have close to 4000 people indicating on the event facebook page that they may want to turn up for the event and hopefully most of them will honour their commitment.

Largest post-independence protest in Singapore?

For all we know, this event may turn out to be the largest post-independence protest in history as so far only Mr Tan Kin Lian’s minibond event has managed to garner more than a thousand people protesting against the  loss of investment money few years back.

I hope that Singaporeans will turn out in full force to protest peacefully against the  damaging anti-Singapore population white paper.

We also want you to draw out your own placards and protest banners and wave them around so that your voice will be hard loud and clear.

It is legal to have protest banners and placards in Hong Lim Park.

Amazing, the foreign press has being most supportive of our event and so far Bloomberg, AFP, CNN, ABC news, Reuters and Yahoo have all indicated their interest to cover the event on that historic day.

I am sure that our local press will also turn out on that day to cover the historic occasion.

Someone is  volunteering to paint the 6.9 million logo on the faces of children and adults and she has generously donated all the proceeds to offset the cost of the event organisation – thanks Mee Lee!

She will also be decorating the whole Hong Lim Park with balloons and hopefully this will soften the tense message that we are trying to send out to the government.

We are  planning to carry out livestreaming for the event so that 200, 000 overseas Singaporeans  can watch it live in whatever part of  the world they are in – we hope that the event will bring back fond memories of a Singapore they  have miss while  staying abroad.

We have also forwarded our event half an hour earlier so it will start at 4 pm instead of 4.30pm and it will end at 7 pm insteed of 6.30pm due to the sheer number of speakers and programmes involved.

The tentative programme is listed as follows:

Time                          Programme

1.30pm                      Arrival of key co-ordinators

2.00 pm                     Arrival of volunteers

2.30 pm                     Sales of 6.9 million tee shirts – one person to buy one only

3.00 pm                     Arrival of speakers

4.00 pm                     Start of event – led by Mr Kwan who will be our MC

4.05 pm                     First speaker to sixth speaker

5.15 pm                      Performance – subject to change

5.20 pm                     Saying of pledge

5.25 pm                     Seventh speaker to twelve speaker

6.45 pm                     National anthem and closing of event

7.00 pm                     Press  conference on site

The event promises to be historic and I am sure many Singaporeans will be stepping into Hong Lim Park for  the first time – many want to be part of the evolving change process here.

Come out Singapore and don’t miss being part of the change for our country!

We need you to say NO to a 6.9-million population on 16th Feb at 4pm!

Written by: Gilbert Goh

Reader Feedback

11 Responses to “Mass protest on 16th Feb – biggest event since post-independence?”

  1. SG in China. says:

    Hi Gilbert,

    Do update how overseas singaporeans can view the online

    streaming?? Warmest Regards,

    Jimmy

  2. Absolutely fantastic. God luck. Lets rock n roll.
    One thing…though.

    WILL THE LAP DOG ST REPORT THIS IN FULL .
    Because ST editors don’t had the balls to report anything they don’t like.

    Then will the gahmen..listen?

  3. One wonders what the MAN thinks of all this?
    In his time in Office, none of this would have been permitted.
    “Over his dead body” so to speak…he would have said.

  4. sal says:

    Educate Sporeans on their rights as citizen…..Vote the party that implement good policies that benefit the citizen.

  5. Ray says:

    Singaporeans are a kiasi lot. I doubt any more than 100 will show up.

  6. Chris says:

    Hi Gilbert, I am one of the ’200,000′ overseas working Singaporeans and I have been following your site very closely. I would love to attend the protest tomorrow but it is with regrets I am not too far away. However, my heart and support is with this protest. Please confirm if there will be any live streaming online as I am very excited to be part of the protest online. Can you start an online protest for those overseas?

  7. Safety 1st says:

    Hi Gilbert,
    In participating in a protest like this, we must be ready for anything that may happen even though is suppose to be a peaceful one. Some protester maybe over zealous or govt may send in 3rd party trouble makers to create chaos & violence, it will later blame the organisers & protesters using this as an excuse to start arresting the leaders.

    Though, I will still be attending but really need to advice those who attend to “AT ALL TIME DO NOT BE PROVOKE INTO TAKING ANY PHYSICAL ACTIONS AGAINST ANY PROVOCATEUR/S, just walk away from these provocateur/s or over zealous protester/s if you feel uncomfortable with their actions or slogan chanting that involve race or religion.

    Lastly Gilbert, protest at such scale can attract unexpected stampede & other undesirable activities so please ensure security & put safety of children, women & elderly people as first priority against any sudden chaos. I suggest you have volunteers to render firstaids as well as crowd controllers and lawyers to engage the police in case of any incidents.

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  9. Fairuz says:

    Hi,

    Will you guys organise another protest at Speaker’s Corner? I didn’t go the first time although I wanted to but I definitely want to go the next time if you will organise another one.

  10. Al Debaran says:

    CNA has labeled it an ‘Anti–Immigration Protest’ in its news report? That’s quite unfair, isn’t it?

  11. sal says:

    Hopefully every month, where Sporeans can get together and show their support to the organiser and educate their right as citizens….Vote for the party that implement good policies for the citizens.

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