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People power in S’pore

In CPF on 30/06/2016 at 7:37 am

Going by the metric that 28.000 here is the equivalent of 1.7m in the US, see below, Gilbert Goh is the champion crowd-puller. At very short notice, he got 6,000 people to protest about the growing presence of FTs (and the White Paper’s plan to let more in by the cattle-truck load). This would amount to 364,000 people in the US. A very good crowd.

He then repeated it again sometime later.

He got the equivalent of 700,000 people to protest.

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FT columnist does the sums:

Singapore’s annual Pink Dot gay pride gathering attracts big crowds. There were 28,000 people there last year.

That is a large turnout in a country with a population of 5.5m. An equivalent gathering in the UK would be 330,000. In the US, it would be 1.7m.

Note that he had to use last year’s numbers because the organiser’s refused to provide a number for this year, claiming that it wasn’t about numbers any more. Didn’t cut any ice with the govt this show of modesty.

And remember the Pink Dot do has been going on since 2010, there is plenty of planning and that it’s the best opportunity available in the region to find a sexual partner.


I wrote this about GG in 2013

Gilbert Goh only has A levels from a non-elite school (St Andrew’s or CJC I assume?) and a diploma in counseling. He doesn’t have a salary of millions, he depends on donations to fund his work of helping the unemployed and underemployed.

Yet three times in the last seven months, this fifty-something S’porean has been able to bring out the crowds onto Hong Lim Park, the latest on National Day. GG got 700 S’poreans out onto Hong Lim to celebrate National Day in a way that is not “right”. True, it was much smaller than the last two occasions (about 5,000 each time) when he called for a gathering, but 700 with only about a week’s notice is pretty decent by any S’porean standard.

700 peole would work out to 42,50o in the US, still a decent figure.

Roy’s first “Return My CPF” do attracted 2,000 people. This amounted to 121,000 people in the US. A good crowd. But subsequent crowd numbers were nothing to write home about.

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As a side note, his then side-kick, New Citizen Han Hui Hui said the crowd at his first gig was 6,000 when it was obviously not, denting the credibility of the “Free My CPF” movement and Roy. Subsequent comments over other issues showed what a liar she is. Poor Roy’s credibility was affected. No wonder he cut his losses and pleaded guilty on charges brought in relation another event the dynamic duo organised. She too was charged and has just been fined after a lengthy trial.


But I’ll end by reminding S’poreans that Tan Kin Lian was the first S’porean to get about 1,000 S’poreans to protest at Hong Lim Green. They were protesting about “mini-bonds” and related products that were sold as alternatives to S$ fixed deposits. I helped out at this movement until the likes of Goh Meng Seng influenced TKL’s behaviour.

 

 

 

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