The Straits Times
Published on Feb 23, 2013

Better educated parents want their kids to be socially aware from a young age


There may be more "activist-parents" here as better educated and socially aware Singaporeans want to "keep informed and involved" in important issues of the day, and also get their children in on the act from a young age.

National University of Singapore sociologist Paulin Tay Straughan notes this as one of the reasons that a number of parents were spotted with their children at the population White Paper protest rally at Hong Lim Park on Feb 16.

Lecturer Oniatta Effendi, 38, who led the crowd in singing the national anthem at the event, along with her two daughters - eight-year-old Omera Wan Raihan and seven- year-old Romana Wan Raihan. She would not have wanted them to miss the event. It is a "multi-sensorial" learning experience, she says.

The duo's stepfather Mohammad Nizam Ismail, a lawyer and civil society activist, 46, was a speaker at the rally.