The photo above shows a protestor with an umbrella, a ‘tool’ used to cover faces in Hong Kong’s protests.
It appears that Hong Kong protestors do not understand that all is fine in Singapore!
Hongkie protestors are nagging Singaporeans, saying the people of the tiny republic don’t know how to fight for freedom.
For the protestors, the Singapore citizens have no understanding of ‘freedom and liberty’.
If they don’t understand these concepts, how can they start a fight to ‘liberate’ their country from tyranny?
This is what Hong Kong protestors are saying in general. They believe Singapore’s government has a tight grip on freedom.
But they also think Singaporeans are pro-Beijing, believing no one should rise against their governments.
They also say Singaporeans have no right to protest, thus they do not understand what is happening in Hong Kong.
But to many Singaporeans, there is no need to go on the streets to burn government property.
In the city-state, police go around catching people who burn the national flag. They are also after people who throw the Singapore flag in the dustbin.
There is a whole process in handling the country’s flag, which is a national treasure.
“What is there to change or to fight for in Singapore?” This is the common response we get when asking Singaporeans what is not going well in their country.
“We get what we want, usually,” says a netizen speaking to WFTV.
After the opposition got a boost with the creation of a new party, the Progress Singapore Party, tongues are waggling.
The youngest political organisation is already in the lead in membership numbers, beating the Workers Party.
Return our CPF protest in Singapore. Besides these protests, there are no other public demonstrations in the tiny republic. Picture Credit: https://www.flickr.com/people/studiokanu/
it is targeting the young, with a strong message saying the ruling People’s Action Party has gone astray from its original struggle.
The PAP, of course, is fighting back but it is the extent of change and the impact it will make on the people that will matter.
UNLIKE MALAYSIA OR INDONESIA
Singapore has kept a clean sheet against protests by locals. There are no street fights, no police blocks and no tear gas in Singapore.
Unlike neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia or Thailand where democracy has taken a different tone. Kuala Lumpur saw its last round of violent clashes on the streets last year.
A temple attacked by protestors ended up with cars burning and one death, that of a firefighter. This has left the country divided but there is no turmoil on the streets now.
Indonesia last saw violence in the streets of Jakarta after the publication of the official Presidential elections results.
President Joko Widodo, declared the winner against Prabowo Subianto, got some unhappy people protesting.
A group of people went on the streets in Jakarta to bring down the government. Six people died after scuffles with riot police.
The police firing teargas and beating protestors were the highlights of the day. There is still tension in some HQ’s in Indonesia but the streets are calm.
ALL IS FINE
In Singapore, almost everything is fine. Almost. There are indeed rising concerns about the future of the nation. The future of its health care and for sure, EPF withdrawals.
The PAP is certainly adamant on the issue regarding the EPF which is the employee’s pension fund.
People were told it is a form of saving for old age. But with more elderly people seen at work, the people are opening their eyes.
Is it really a fund for our old age, more and more people are asking.
“Singaporeans believe the EPF is their entitlement. If the PAP relaxes the rules and finds more creative ways to deal with the growing concerns, all will be fine,” another netizen says.