Hong Lim Park

In September 2000, the Singapore Government designated Hong Lim Park as the venue for Speakers’ Corner. Initially, people were not interested in trying to turn it into the famous London Hyde Park. They thought it was a park for the government to spy on vocal citizens.

As the years went by, Singaporeans relented. The Singapore Democratic Party became the first political party to use the park for a political rally. They brought in the use of the electronic sound system and tentage. Thereafter, several events attracted a few thousand people.

Pink Dot attracted crowds exceeding 15,000. The government always weary of the good intentions of people, started to impose more and more conditions as the years went by. As we all know, any gathering of people even in Hong Lim Park, can be deemed to be a public gathering and requires a police permit which may take weeks to approve or disapprove.

As the park’s usage grew, the government became even more jittery and clampdowns started. Surveillance intensified. Even though Hong Lim Park which is only 0.94 hectare is supposed to be the only venue for free assembly, speech and expression, it was never the case. Several activists have been hauled up for interrogation by the police and some have been charged and convicted. Big Brother watches over the park 24 hours.

I recall attending one event organised by human rights defender, Mr Jolovan Wham in support of Malaysians who were deported for gathering beneath the iconic Merlion. It was swarmed with plain clothes men and women. There were at least three police vehicles, including a riot van at the car park. The plain clothes officers clearly outnumbered the handful of people who attended the event!

It is the business of the Singapore Government to watch over all its citizens even in supposedly free Hong Lim Park. In a way, they treat all Singaporeans as potential terrorists. They don’t trust us. Just look at the cameras located at five strategic points of the park in the photographs below. Judge for yourselves as to how free Singaporeans are today.

And one question I always ask is this: Since we are not trusted by our government, should we trust them?

 

 Teo Soh Lung

 

 

 

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13 Responses to “Hong Lim Park”

  • RDB:

    But some 70% trust them at every GE & BE too. Blind trust, fearful trust they will be caught not voting for peeing and pooing. So, stupid is always as stupid does and will do again and again for invane.

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  • paranoid SGov:

    they dont even trust the SPF..
    they got themselves special Gurkha contingents to be their bodyguards n residential guardsmen.
    yea,only the 69% dafts trust them..mayb lesser nowdays.
    PAPs are paranoid cuz done so many unfair deeds against citizens

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Like “Hyde Park”? Hyde Park Speakers’ Corner is only symbolic of the freedom Britons have. Ours is truly “speakers’ corner”, ie. want to speak? go to the corner!

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  • opposition dude:

    Who cares what they want to do to Hong Lim, just start voting the donkeys out at this year’s election can liao.

    We don’t make both the good for nothing health and defence ministers lose their jobs then all we will get is more cock from PAP. And just this morning there was another MRT disrution between Queenstown and Jurong East knn. Seems like disruptions are now every few months instead of every other week.

    Still got disruptions so it shows that the system can’t quite cope with the number of passengers and trains running at peak hours.

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  • Great Asia:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvWuOdo-JiY

    Singaporeans are being kept ignorant.

    And these banana activists have helped the PAP government to make Singaporeans even more shallow.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • LIONS:

    Truth is ego-trippers only like to listen to lapdogs barking out SOUNDS GOOD,FEELS GOOD kind of comments.
    As for those who speak the TRUTH,they are persecuted.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    They INSTIL Fear.. but FEAR… FEAR itself…a LEEgacy from the time of The Japanese Occupation…

    Instil FEAR and the sheeple will fall in Line only difference is Chopping off Heads and Displayed for all to SEE Then…

    and… Red Car & Black Marias with the dogs on standby to haul any provocateurs into a cell with or without TRIAL Today…

    depending on who and WHAT you represent in their Evil Eyes like the sheepdogs of New Zealand keeping the sheep in line and herding them into the pen…

    “my chat with a sheep farmer in New Zealand” it’s in the eyes the EVIL eyes slitty and Cruel of you know who!!!

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  • Ant:

    When has the government ever trusted its people. They still need the Gurkhas to protect them. As if our Police and Army are incapable.

    The question is why do our government still need mercenary in this day and age. Remnants of the pioneer leaders fear?

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  • Tyra Tanked:

    I want to ask:”Why is it necessary to list down your family members’ details including occupation in job applications? Why are employers so nosy?

    If you apply for leave in civil service, you must tell them why you are applying, where you are going, what you’ll be doing etc. If you say “personal things to do” they don’t approve your lave. You must say in your application:” I am going to have my colon looked at by doctors. Or my labia is way too big, must see doctor.”

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  • Few Gathered KaKis:

    Single Out and Fear is what they want to create. You don’t need a few gathered “scholars” to run your life and ruin your life, digging into your pockets?… with a few cameras or what have they not?

    As soon as masses of dissatisfaction increases for whatsoever the reasons, this easily outnumbered just the few of them.

    Clever them realizes the greed and selfish nature of human, giving title & advantage over others….Pelise..lawnSociety….. I don’t know if they know what they are protecting….like the MiloIndianCumMalay manipulation…. I am disappointment with my own country.

    I am not deserting my country men but stay on to make sure I VTO first.

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  • The Truth Will Shock:

    PAP need to have absolute control and power to continue the coverup.

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  • can we report CI to police?:

    we are actually not worried.

    since GE2015 we no longer bother whether 70% sheep gets to eat or not.

    why are we so?

    two reasons. 1st, clown pap cannot rule against mandate of heaven. if cries reach maker and it is decided enough is enough, clown pap no escape, despite all the pap clown fixing. 2nd, if 70% sheep tells the other 30% this is the type of government Spore deserves, fret also no use. so let heaven do its job and in the meanwhile let 70% sheep suffer for its sheep stupidity.

    even so, we continue to vote against clown pap, as long as we get to vote. we also continue to tell the world about clown pap lies, as long as we get the chance. after all, we need to do our duty, as long as we have breath.

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  • The Choice is Clear:

    Bananas or Zhongbies ?

    Great Asia:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvWuOdo-JiY

    Singaporeans are being kept ignorant.

    And these banana activists have helped the PAP government to make Singaporeans even more shallow.

    Ha ha ha!

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