Contrast that with the turnout for the Freedom Walk held on 10 Dec 2006. The turnout was 13 and one-third of them had the surname Chee. Walk for goodie bag 60,000 people....walk for freedom 13 people. I'm sure more people will turn up if those mysterious plain clothes cameramen are not there to record the walk, Singaporeans are just too shy to appear in videos to be view by officers in the ISD.
I think the organisers of the Freedom Walk really have to do something to improve attendance:
- Give out a goodie bag. Make sure it is worth more than the registration fees.
- Call it FANTASY WALK instead. Many Singaporeans after 4 decades of PAP have problems figuring what the word FREEDOM means. In some ways, Freedom has become a Fantasy that Singaporeans dream about.
- End the walk at Harvey Norman. So that those walking have something meaningful to look forward to which is their favorite past time of shopping.
After 4 decades of PAP rule and the Straits Times, Singaporeans have developed many unique interesting traits. Strong attraction towards goodie bags and progress packages, the unique ability to whine about the PAP for 360 days a year and still vote for them on election day, and certain words such as freedom and democracy removed from their vocabulary.
The only power that matters to Singaporeans is buying power - the power to walk into Harvey Norman and to participate in their weekend sales.
"The real challenge is NOT against the PAP but against what the PAP did to our minds" - a bankrupt politician.