Third Population White Paper protest draws smaller crowd
Several hundred people showed up at Hong Lim Park's Speakers' Corner yesterday for the third protest against the Population White Paper that had stirred widespread unhappiness with its planning parameter of a 6.9 million population in 2030.
The crowd size was significantly smaller than the crowds at the first two protests earlier this year in February and May.
Rally organiser Gilbert Goh said that he was personally disappointed. When asked in a question-and-answer session at the end of the protest why attendance fell, he said that some Singaporeans may have been pacified by the Government's recent moves to tighten the influx of foreign workers and to raise social spending.
He said that yesterday's protest would be the final one against the Population White Paper, but that he plans to organise similar events every May Day.