...and the reporters & policemen outnumber supporters.
In one segment of Martyn See's video, Martyn asked an opposition leader, "Why do you want to fight for people who can't be bothered?" They rather spend their time window shopping, buffet dining than to hear you, .....why do you bother...?
I'm sure there are 100 times more people at Best Denki where I was than Hong Lim Park. Singaporeans know what is important, if they miss this weekend's special offers, they might have to wait until the end of the year for better offers. The other reason is over the years many are already familiar with Chee has to say. You see a politician is somewhat like a pop star, he has to be popular enough for people to want to vote for him....a pop singer has to be popular enough for people to want to pay for his albums. You got to know what is important to the people to convince them to support you. If you can't win support, you're pretty impotent as a politician.
I guess the police like the Chees because it gives the police some real practice in handling protesters without stretching their resources too much because the crowds are always very small.
I like Chee too...very much actually. Everytime he organises these protests and marches, it reinforce my confidence in Singaporeans - they really know what is important most of them are busy checking out the shopping malls and very few actually turn up to support Chee. They also understand that at such occasions the ISD (Internal Security Dept) and police force will be there to document their every move. Singaporeans being shy people probably don't like to appear in a movie whose audience are officers in ISD.