What do social activists like Jolovan Wham etc want?

In Uncategorized on 29/11/2017 at 2:13 pm

Here’s an extract from a FB post by Derek da Cunha  an independent analyst. I think he blotted his copybook somewhere along the line because he was once a Senior Fellow at Institute of Southeast Asian Studies from 1990 to 2007. ISEAS is now ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. It has always been funded by the PAP administration.

If civil society activists have not got the sense by now that Singapore is generally a politically and socially conservative society then they are simply in denial. They can of course work for a Singapore which they would like to see – one which is relatively more liberal in its laws and social mores. But they should keep firmly in mind that the tactics they adopt should not result in a hardening of attitude by both the Government and society at large, otherwise their project becomes counter-productive.

So, what do some civil society activists want? As far as one can determine, they want “restorative justice” for ex-ISA detainees; they want S377a to be repealed; they want both capital and corporal punishment to be abolished; they want freedom of assembly anywhere in public; they want freedom of speech and oppose politicians initiating actions for defamation.

The above list (by no means exhaustive) are some of the issues close to the hearts of civil society activists and liberals. Packaged that way, what percentage of the electorate would support those issues? Certainly not the close to 30% that did not vote PAP at GE2015. If one was to hazard a guess, it would be maybe 15% and, it would not come as a surprise, if it was actually under 10%.

Actually even the anti-PAP cybernuts from TRELand will have a problem with LGBT rights. Going by their language plenty og homophobics there.

  1. you need to be clear about what LBGT rights you are talking about. Decriminalizing homosexuality (377a) is one thing; gay marriage is quite another. Also, there is a difference between “support” and “not against”. I would guess the majority do not support abolishing 377a, but only a vocal minority (religious fringe if you want to be negatve) are against abolishing; for gay marriage, I would guess the against % is much larger.

  2. what are the positions of the various local opposition parties on all these complex issues ?

  3. Abolishing 377A . .Gay marriages … even freedom of assembly is too chim for the majority of the electorate … and by extension the opposition parties .. It is easier to oppose what PAP do on the economic policy then to formulate a proper coherent policies

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