Prominent blogger Alex Au predicts ‘disaster’ if Singaporeans took to the streets one day
Posted by temasektimes on April 30, 2012
The recent Bersih 3.0 protest (pic left) in Malaysia has led to some Singaporeans desiring for change asking if something like that will happen in Singapore one day when long muzzled Singaporeans finally muster the courage to let their feelings known on the street.
Prominent socio-political blogger Alex Au doesn’t think that anything similar to the Bersih demonstrations will happen anytime soon in Singapore, but warns of disaster if it happens eventually:
“I don’t think anything similar will happen here any time soon. But when it does, it may end in worse disaster.”
Mr Au opined that the authorities are likely to employ heavy-handed measures to crush any sizable demonstration which might arise in Singapore:
“But in Singapore, even one sizeable demonstration may be viewed as an intolerable affront to the authority of the government. The response may not be calibrated for containment, but tend towards crushing the movement.”
He added that when that happens, Singapore’s revolution will resemble more like Bahrain than Malaysia.
“In other words, when it does happen here, we are more likely to get it wrong than right. I fear that Singapore’s revolution will look less like Malaysia’s rumbles, and more like Bahrain in 2011.”
Like Bahrain, Singapore has a widening income between the rich and poor, is heavily dependent on foreign labor and has an non-existent ‘opposition’ in parliament which dare not hold the ruling party accountable.