It has been endorsed by our democratic parliamentary process... please do not complain anymore as the matter has been settled. Keep to the plans of the majority.
DPM Teo Chee Hean just said, the conversation does not end here, even after the white paper has been endorsed. Even if the majority in the house approved it, it does not mean the voice of the large number of people who oppose it can be just brushed aside. The political consequences is risky as can be seen by the loss in the recent by-elections & the increasing opposition MPs.
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Not exactly 100% Natural but definitely the closest you can get to it
What on earth were they protesting about?
Don't see any photos of the event posted anywhere in CS. Are we banned from posting such photos?
I see many photographers there taking photos. I have a bunch of photos , but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post them here.
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4,000 turn up at Speakers' Corner for population White Paper protest
4,000 turn up at Speakers' Corner for population White Paper protest - Yahoo! News Singapore
An estimated crowd of 4,000 people gathered at the Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park on Saturday afternoon to protest against the Population White Paper endorsed by Parliament last week.
Organised by transitioning.org, a support site for unemployed, the nearly four-hour protest saw people of all age ranges and races turn up in the light drizzle, with umbrellas and some with home-made, colourful placards and posters. Many also came with their young children in tow.
While organisers put the official figure at 4,000, others compared the size of the crowd to that of Pink Dot 2013, in which close to 15,000 took part.
A total of 12 speakers, including former NTUC chief Tan Kin Lian, former presidential candidate Tan Jee Say, SDP's Vincent Wijeysingha, NSP's Jeanette Chong-Aruldoss spoke at the event, mainly hitting out at the 6.9 million population figure mentioned in the White Paper.
Each speaker was given 10 minutes to address the crowd.
The peaceful protest was marked by poignant moments when the crowd sang "Count On Me, Singapore" at the midway mark, and also at the end when the National Pledge was lustily recited in unison.
Organiser Gilbert Goh told Yahoo! Singapore he was pleased with the turnout. Calling the protest "history-making", he said he initially only expected 200 to show.
"This protest event is meant for Singaporeans to come here in a peaceful manner to show their displeasure at the 6.9 million population target," he said.
"We also wanted to show Singaporeans that there's a place for you to come to legitimately protest against any policy that you have against the government. You don't have to sit behind Facebook and complain. You can show up in unity, in person to complain," he added.
Last week, Parliament endorsed an amended motion to the White Paper on Population by 77 votes to 13.
The amended motion filed by Holland-Bukit Timah MP Liang Eng Hwa stated that the White Paper “supports maintaining a strong Singaporean core by encouraging more Singaporeans to get married and have children, supplemented by a calibrated pace of immigration to prevent the citizen population from shrinking”.
PM Lee, in an address before the motion was endorsed, stressed that the 6.9 million population figure had been taken out of context and that the paper was not about any specific population size for beyond 2020, but rather that it was being used for the purpose of land use and infrastructure planning.
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