Over 5000 Singaporeans turned up at Hong Lim Park to protest against population White Paper
Posted by temasektimes on February 16, 2013
Despite a rainy afternoon, more than 5,000 Singaporeans turned up at Hong Lim Park to protest against the population White Paper released by the government last week which sparked a massive public outcry.
The White Paper proposes increasing Singapore’s population to 6.9 million people by the year 2030 which will relegate native Singaporeans to a minority in their own country.
The protest was called by social activist Gilbert Goh who contested in the General Election in 2011 under the banner of the National Solidarity Party.
Though the event was given extensive coverage by the foreign media such as Reuters, Bloomberg and BBC, the mainstream media has been strangely silent on it.
The speakers who spoke today are mostly ordinary Singaporeans who took turns to lamblast the government’s immigration and labor policies which has led to a widening income gap, sky-rocketing property prices, rampant inflation and stagnant wages in recent years.
Singapore has been under the iron-fisted control of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) since attaining self-rule from the British in 1957. The PAP holds 80 out of 87 seats in parliament, with the remaining seats being held by its subsidiary party, the Workers Party whose Secretary-General Low Thia Kiang recently publicly praised and endorsed the PAP as a ‘competent’ government.