I am still trying to recover from the surreal moments of the historic 1602 protest against the 6.9 million white paper population.
Naturally, I was been targetted for Facebook slandering and took it all within my strides.
There were wall smeared posts of sexual misconduct, having a Australian PR among others.
I was prepared by close friends that those affected by the protest adversely would not let me go off so easily and that sharpened knives will be ready to plunge deep.
I spent a good part of last week speaking with friends and supporters and found solace in having a good batch of pals ready to offer support and counsel.
I could not imagine doing this alone and all by myself.
Its tough to be a civil activist here as its not only a lonely job but also there is no precedence for one to follow.
Many would-be activists flounder for lack of a proper following and thus its amazingto find t 4000 protestors turned out in unity on that day amidst a fierce drizzle to create history for themselves and the country.
The protest made headline news on most global papers worldwide a day after the historic event.
I have also read the autobiography on Martin Luther King twice and respected his determination and resolve to create a better future for the black community in his time.
Of course, the impact Martin Luther King created is at least 1000 times that of mine.
However, many friends have told me that at least I have brought down the fear factor which handicapped many people here.
For the 4000 brave warriors who turned up on that historic day to protest against the white paper, there are at least another 10, 000 who do not dare to step out of the security of their home to voice out against a regime that governs using fear tactics.
There is no proper freedom of speech here and even a one-man demonstration out in the street can invite arrest.
We also do not have a free press and every year our press transparency ranking slips to the lower 20% percentile and strangely this does not affect our government at all.
The protest hopefully brought back the feeling that as a united force, the voices of the people can be heard as many people here have long resigned to the fact that they could not do anything in their own country when a policy has been passed down.
Many have written in to me saying that the protest amazingly brought back the warm feeling for the country.
Many also cried whenever they turned on the national anthem sang towards the end of the event on youtube.
Years of wayward policies have caused many Singaporeans to harden their hearts against the regime and country and those who could emigrate have done so.
I am very glad to know that the protest has managed to bring back the warm feeling for the country as many people shared umbrellas with strangers together out on that wet muddy field.
I have always believe that people’s power is very important and when masses of people gather peacefully as one voice against a policy – things could happen.
I am not advocating a revolution here and we will stick to our peaceful gathering as one united voice protesting legitimately at Speaker’s Corner.
We will not march down the streets as some have adocated and will stick by the rules of the corner.
Many have also ask me for a sequel protest and we will have to consider that seriously as we don’t want such mass protest to be a one-off.
We want to bring back the voice of the people so that they feel they could do something together collectively whenever a policy is shoved down our throat without any consultation with the people and civil societies.
According to some feedback I received, people are more hurt that they are not being consulted when the white paper was passed down after 5 days of debate in Parliament than the implications of the paper itself.
Our government has being enjoying more than 50 years of monopolistic control and people are beginning to fight back so that they can be better engaged.
For all we know, the white paper could be a catalyst which brings back the voices of the people in a peaceful collective gathering.
We also need people to step up and put fear aside for this movement to succeed.
As for the 12 speakers, I must thank them from the bottom of my heart as they spoke from their heart and more importantly, they have put fear aside so that their voice could be heard on that historic day.
As for our second protest, we want the 4000 protestors to return and bring along one friend each so that we can double the crowd size.
The people’s voice need masses and I am sure that the time is ripe.
Written by: Gilbert Goh