After Roy Ngerng, a Singaporean had openly questioned the honesty of his Prime Minister's handling of citizens retirement funds, predictably he was sued for defamation of character, his disgusting usual practice to silence dissent and retain control over his people. See Wall Street Journal Article "Libel Suite Turns Singapore blogger into underdog for pensioners" http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2014/06/04/libel-suit-turns-singapore-blogger-into-underdog-for-pensioners/
In his support thousands of Singaporeans headed to the only place in Singapore, Hong Lim Park on June 7, 2014 to express the outrage against the Prime Ministers high handedness and arrogance in suing an ordinary citizen just because he criticized him. See Yahoo news article here. https://sg.news.yahoo.com/over-1-000-people-at--returnourcpf-protest-at-hong-lim-park-093133980.html
But what is encouraging is the increased willingness of the ordinary Singaporeans of daring to openly criticize the Prime Minister and his ruling party the PAP, something which was unheard of in the past in that tightly controlled one party state which relied on fear, it's only tool to keep the island citizens subjected and obedient. Here are pictures of the protesters with signs openly criticizing the Prime Minister and his ruling party at the protest at Hong Lim Park on June 7, 2014.
From all appearances, it appears Singaporeans are slowly coming out of that fear and prepared to openly show dissent despite the certain dangers of government reprisals and repression. This is a dangerous sign the Prime Minister better start worrying about.
His mistake was allowing peaceful protests at Hong Lim Park in the first place, when previously all protests throughout the island was banned. By allowing these protests at Hong Lim Park, Singaporeans who are becoming increasingly frustrated at their lot of life in this one party police state have finally decided to break free of their fear under which they suffered throughout the history of Singapore.
The Prime Minister has a choice. He has to either to rescind the right to protest at Hong Lim Park, nipping the bud of freedom in time, and hope to retain control a while longer. If his does this he would be even more hated by his people than he already is.
On the other hand if he continues to allow these protests, they are going to become more and more frequent and their citizens becoming even more vocal in expressing their anger at his government. Either way he does not have a chance. He is simply doomed.
The protest culture which was non existent in the past, through their all consuming fear, has clearly taken root. The tempest has been let loose from the bottle. The wind and fire of freedom is raging. The Prime Ministers' days are clearly numbered. The writing of change is on the wall. It certainly doesn't look good for him now. After all what did he expect? Rule Singapore through fear forever?
Attorney at Law
A Singaporean in Exile
Fremont, California USA
Tel: 510 491 8525