Tag Archives: HONG LIM PARK

POLICE DISPERSE PROTESTERS WITH PEPPER SPRAY

Police used pepper spray to scatter protesters at Hong Kong's government headquarters during an angry rally against plans for a new town development, with 21 arrested, officials said. Around 900 people gathered at the city's harbourfront government complex with some trying to force their way inside to oppose the development project, which they say will displace villagers and turn farmland into housing estates - favouring property developers. Television footage showed protesters pushing over barricades and surging towards an entrance to the Legislative Council premises as lawmakers met to discuss funding for the project in the New Territories.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL BOY APPLIES FOR PERMIT TO HOLD PROTEST AT HONG LIM PARK

Dubbed the “Return My Edusave” protest, the event saw over 6,000 students from more than 100 primary schools gathering at Hong Lim Park to protest against the government’s handling of their Edusave funds — a scheme aimed ostensibly at providing students with funds to pay for enrichment programmes. They claimed that government control over the Edusave Endowment Fund was akin to “student exploitation” and that students ought to be given full control over how their Edusave funds were spent.

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FORMER JOURNALIST: WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY?

While there are many people who think the G is “bad’’ (almost by definition), there are also many who think it’s “good’’. It’s an article of faith. Those who cynically believe in everything bad about the G think that those who think otherwise are simply being naive. Likewise, those who swear by the G think the other end comprises ungrateful people who don’t realise how good they have it in Singapore. Faith is good. But facts are better. I don’t think most of the population will be led by the nose based on “faith’’. Increasingly, we want the facts. The G itself said that people should reason based on information and not get all worked up over rumours. I agree. For that to happen, the G does not just have to be forthcoming with the facts, but also lay them out in a simple enough way for people to understand. Sure, there will always be people who will wilfully misunderstand.

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GILBERT GOH: I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. I AM DOING THIS ALL FOR MY COUNTRY

Mr Goh said the event was attended by about 500 to 600 people in total. This was a significantly lower figure than the crowd at a similar protest he organised exactly a year ago, which he had said drew between 5,000 and 6,000. In the lead-up to yesterday's event, Mr Goh, claiming that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sided with foreigners, said on Facebook that he would put up a picture of the Prime Minister at the protest and invite protesters to kick at and deface it, among other things.

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[YOUR LETTERS] PINOYS POLICE PRIME MINISTER

Do the Pinoys really think that they can do as they please in Singapore to the extent of disregarding our Public Order Act which stipulates that a permit is required for any type of public assembly or procession? And they even intend to draw a crowd of 10,000 when it illegal even for one person to protest outside of Hong Lim Park. If it is so easy to just organise a gathering in Singapore (outside of Hong Lim Park), then our opposition politicians like Chee Soon Juan and activists like Gilbert Goh will have a field day organising protests every single day already lah!

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Filipino group gets online flak over event

ORGANISERS of a plan to celebrate Philippine Independence Day here had to remove a Facebook post about the event, after it drew a storm of vitriol and protests from netizens. The online response came as a shock, they said, though they still intend to proceed with the celebration on June 8 at Ngee Ann City's Civic Plaza, pending approval of permits from the authorities. The Pilipino Independence Day Council Singapore (PIDCS), a group of Filipino volunteers, put up a post on Facebook about the event last weekend and drew fire almost immediately. Negative comments from Singaporeans flooded in, with Facebook page "Say 'No' to an overpopulated Singapore" urging locals to protest on the PIDCS page.

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Gilbert Goh has resorted to spitting

After three Population White Paper protests and one Transport Fare hike demonstration, the ideas and slogans seem to be running dry for Gilbert Goh, a NSP candidate in the 2011 General Elections. With crowds similar to PAP rallies, dwindling sale of memorabilia and cash donations, Gilbert Goh has resorted to more eye-catching measures to attract the waning interest.

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The luckless Mr Lui

So there was an effigy paraded on Saturday – and people were spitting on their EZ-link cards, probably because spitting on the ground is an offence. Eeew. Frankly, I cringed at the photographs that are being circulated on social media. I say (and I will probably be whacked for this) that it is not the Singapore way. In fact, I am hoping that the action is not a manifestation of the feelings of the majority of commuters.

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GILBERT GOH: THIS IS THE FIRST EVENT WHERE WE EXPERIENCED ACTIVE POLICE INTERVENTION

When the idea to burn an effigy was botched, there was the expected resistance from the group as no one has done it before and the usual question was - is it legal? I couldn't find anything on effigy burning on the internet here and to me if there is no law against it there is this grey area that we could breach. No one in our five decades of PAP's rule has ever burn an effigy in Singapore before! Of course, burning an effigy in Singapore is a serious business especially when you can still be fined for drinking water in our modern sparkling clean trains. So we approached this with alot of caution and apprehension.

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