On May 1 Labour Day this year, this Facebook page called “Say ‘No” to an overpopulated Singapore” made an announcement, which it had a few days ago said two times that it would make, that it “no longer holds such stance”, ie. it “is no longer against the 2013 Population White Paper and its main objectives” and, as it adds, “not against the fundamentals of our government’s population and immigration policies”, before going on to give a write-up about how our country needs immigration, blah blah.
It would be very interesting to note if this page now is no longer against “an overpopulated Singapore”?
Some commenters have asked the page to change its name, or even close itself down, so as not to mislead readers of its “no longer true stance“. Some have called them “turncoats“, while others were quick to say “unlike and unfollow“. But there were also those (probably IBs) who said: “You have waken up. Good for you. You finally see it.”
What prompted the page to abruptly change its stance? And not just change, but to make a calculated, timed, pre-announced, announcement on Labour Day, a relatively active day in civil activism (although there is close to none in Singapore)?
A scroll down the page reveals that the page had taken sympathy with Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s death earlier on in March.
Going so far as to post a black screen on the day of his death:
Could this be a reason for the stance change? After all, we know how this “one” solo event had probably magically shifted many hearts and won back a lot of sympathy and support for the ruling party away from the alternative ones.
Were the admins of the page but easily-swayed Singaporeans who vouched for Mr Lee right after his death, and shifted entirely towards the ruling government and its policies, disregarding all else that they previously held strongly against? Or were they just closet white supporters at heart who realised their true right-wing/left-wing inclinations after the grand master’s death?
Or was the page just an IB page (not surprising too)? After all, there was a previous unhappy incident with the very organisers of the real “White Population Paper protest” at Hong Lim Park. We will not know.
What we do want to ask is: how many more such easily-swayed fellows are there hiding behind the computer screens? Such seemingly extreme, but when truth comes to fold, switch sides to the benefit of the PAP, mocksters behind the fake pages.
Whatever it is, good one, PAP! You managed to get us with this one. And with many others, we really don’t know how many votes you managed to con over.
But worst of luck the next time round!
PS: To end off, a National Day greeting from the very same page: