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Tuesday January 23rd 2018

Reader requesting for second protest event

Dear Mr  Gilbert.

I did not attend the protest.  Honestly, sincerely wish I had.

Despite not attending, I followed closely online mostly via Temasek Review.

It brings joy and hope to see your event was so successful.

On my part, I post on Facebook messages which are in line with the protest’s message.

I wrote one about how I have many good foreign friends and how would love to accommodate, welcome and hang out my friends from all over the world as guests in my tiny apartment.

As guests, but not as my tenants.

I wrote about how much rental income that could generate for my parents but not without highlighting the decline of quality of life with such a scenario, as the apartment is unfortunately just that small.

I wrote that the same time the protest was ongoing, to spread awareness of the dire consequences of the White Paper.

However small my audience may be,  I did generate likes (even though not hundreds or thousands) from friends of all races, both Singaporean and Foreign.

I am telling you this because, despite the fact that there are many who did not physically attend, these very people are extremely passionate about Saturday’s message.

Trust me, there are many many more out there like me who share the same sentiments with those who were present at Hong Lim Park on Saturday.

The western and foreign media has shone well deserving positive light on the event.

Many have read articles regarding the protest on BBC, The Guardian, Bloomberg and Reuters to name a few, and many more will read regarding its success.

I have seen pictures and today, I got to listen to YouTube Videos of  the speeches recorded.

I CRIED listening to the National Anthem.

What gave it the extra ‘kick’ for me as that I speak and understand the Malay language.

The meaning of the National Anthem lyrics in such a context gave me goosebumps and I sobbed uncontrollably.

Even after the event is over, immortalized moments captured in video and audio is still capable to move those who were not present.

The message will live on for as long as we still care and crave a brighter future for our children.

Please, please do have a second Protest.

Light shone by the media has assisted your cause to open up the eyes of Singaporeans.

People (including myself) will not be as skeptical and paralyzed as they once were when it comes to the very idea of a Protest.

A second protest will show that many many more has joined the cause, and decision makers will (hopefully) have no choice but to reflect on the Motion they passed on the White Paper and amend their grave error.

Let the world pay attention to this issue as supporters of this view are too many and protests are too frequent.

We cannot afford to wait till the next election.

How many more new citizens will there be until then?

We must relentlessly carry on this struggle for a better future for us, and the future generations of Born and Bred Singaporeans.

Please do not let critics and skeptics think the event is a one-off affair.

We must keep reminding ourselves and the world that this will not be over until we gain our confidence  in the future.

Please please organize a second protest.

Thank you for giving the Average Singaporean a Voice and congratulations for the wonderful turn out and success of the event.

Hope to attend the second one.


A Singaporean.

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12 Responses to “Reader requesting for second protest event”

  1. chillax says:

    your hardwork had paid off Gilbert! you must offer your services once more in 2016.

  2. Cool says:

    I humbly propose a second event be held in August 2013 to coinncide with our nation’s birthday.

  3. Cool says:

    I humbly propose a second event be held in August 2013 to coincide with our nation’s birthday.

  4. James says:

    Good to have another time, i miss this time, i won’t miss another time for this events again.

  5. At least 2X more says:

    There should be another 2X. One on Labour Day another on National Day.

  6. sal says:

    Maybe organise it during Spores public holidays …where people can come to the event with family for protest cum picnic.

  7. anon says:

    Any Sat also can. In fact preferably not on religious holidays or national day, in order to maximise target audience. People here may not believe it, but there are still families who prefer to go to marina bay on nat’l day instead of hong lim park.

  8. Kenichi says:

    Gilbert, you are just like Morpheus in The Matrix. There are still many Neos out there living their simulated life as if it is real.

    We need you to wake them up. We need you to offer the red pill. We need you for the final revolution.


  9. John wee says:

    I have emigrated out from singapore long ago and felt nothing but contempt for the govt and PAP. I detested them so much that my hatred has overwhelmed my vision and perception about everything that is singaporean.

    However, after watching on youtube how the crowds sang the singapore national anthem at hong lim park, i was in tears. I have long forgotten what it is like to feel patriotism, the love for my motherland. How i wish i can join you all at HLP and take the national pledge with pride and honour once again!

    Thanks, Gilbert, you had brought hope to us all, be it local or overseas singaporeans!

  10. Sg_daughter says:

    I cried also when I watched our national anthem sung on YouTube.

    Like John Wee, I emigrated out of Singapore a long time ago. I can’t say I hate the PAP, but I saw what was coming if I did not leave. I was proven right.

    Many PAP policies are extremely hard to swallow and punishing on Singaporeans, but I always remind myself that if I was born a few hundred miles up north, I’d be washing clothes by a river somewhere, not sure if still alive, let alone have a good enough English education to live a life in the west. As the Chinese saying goes… when we drink water, we must remember the source.

    I have to say that my beloved birth country looks more beautiful on each recent visit than the last. My love for my motherland also grew with each visit. All credit goes to the Singaporeans who stayed to continue building this country, stuck it out to persevere and hang in there. It is because of YOU ALL that Singapore is beautiful and vibrant as it is today.

    It is clear from the many posts on this site, the job situation for many Singaporeans is getting unbearable. My heart is with all of you, and I will visit more often, to stand among you, giving you moral support as you strive for a better future for everyone. Change for the better will come. We overseas Singaporeans are cheering you on!!

  11. betterenglishplease says:

    Hello Mr Goh,

    Your headline is ungrammatical lah. Correct is “Reader requesting second protest event”. Omit “for” unless the sentence is structured to mean “Reader’s request for second protest event was met with great enthusiasm.”

  12. sathiapalani says:

    so is this all about you only Gilbert Goh, why can’t others organize something like what you did on 16th Feb . i attended the event because of Singaporeans and not for you and any other speakers. first of all i was unable to even hear what you people were talking about from the back .i and my wife are 50 yrs old and i don’t have children. i attended the event for the sake of future generation of Singaporeans. can i ask you his are you trying to block others organizing something for the sake of Singaporean . or is it that you want to be the only one doing it ? i know you had many interviews this and that . i would not attend a future event if it’s about yourself interest .

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