Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2010 and the path ahead for activism in Singapore

It's been over 8 years since I first got engaged in activism in Singapore, and my faith remains as firm as ever in working for change.

The number of Singaporeans speaking up or at least becoming aware of the state of the nation is increasing, also thanks to local alternative news sites like Temasek Review and The Online Citizen - which I've been making an effort to contribute articles to. My most recent contribution being 'Is multiracialism also an aspiration?'.

It's good that much is being said and done online, but are we doing our best to disseminate our views and direct more Singaporeans to our websites and blogs? This is something I hope to focus on in 2010.

Fellow local activists and I are setting up a new NGO called Singaporeans For Democracy. We will be present at a discussion event this Thursday, make your way over and we'll have a chat.

Two other efforts that I'm involved in are the Singapore Anti Death Penalty Campaign's (SADPC) appeal for Yong Vui Kong, and the formalization of a Free Burma Campaign in Singapore.

I continue to admire the work of Dr Chee Soon Juan, and here's a quote to keep us all motivated for the path ahead:
“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.” ~ César Estrada Chávez