from personal experience I can tell you that I would trust an American to stand up for a cause we both believe in with me even in the face of adversity, whereas I would expect a Singaporean to require much convincing, and even after that back out in the end citing responsibilities and discomfort and fear.
I find it ironic that of all things to get riled up enough to protest about, it would be about anime downloading.
Still remember how much resources our police force used just to track down who planted the White Elephant placate. At that time JI threats was at its height. Next day, we know Mr Too walked across to JB without any hassles.
There are two main treaties that are based on the ideas of the declaration of human rights. Singapore is one of a handful of nations which subscribes to neither.
Last edited by LittleWolf; 8th September 2007 at 11:39 PM.
That the kids did are just something out of the norm, when that become a norm that someone might proceed to the "next level" of "peaceful" protest, and the cycle goes on... so when would it become a riot and not a demostration... ref korea a couple of years back.
not every single demonstration is destructive, and indeed there are peaceful ones. the question is whether the population has matured enough to not to resort to violent means, this question itself is complicated enough. the last riots singapore saw were some 40 years back, those who experienced them probably have more realistic views about the issue.
but seriously, i don't even know whether the population itself can stand a real strike or care enough to do one, you just need a big fireworks event and people are whining and complaining about road blockages already.
I agree with you and think that our population has probably gone a little too soft in go thru a real strike. They have too much to lose and would not want to risk it.
Last edited by waileong; 9th September 2007 at 06:19 PM.
I don't think it's related to the maturity of a population. Are you saying S'poreans are less mature than HK-ers, for instance? How do you scientifically measure the "maturity" of a population-- take an IQ average? Is there an internationally accepted yardstick for population maturity where one can say that, less than X, the population is not mature enough to allow for freedom of assembly?
That is such a convenient excuse to use as a cover-up for the real reasons.
Last edited by waileong; 9th September 2007 at 06:17 PM.