Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Young Singaporeans want political freedom

I just finished listening to this mp3 of a news story by SBS Radio of Australia about the new generation of Singaporeans wanting more political and artistic freedom in the country. The reporter interviewed the likes of film maker Martyn See, Alex Au of Yawning Bread and writer Catherine Lim.

Here's a short transcript:

Rebecca Henschke (reporter) : She (Catherine Lim) says two forces have taken the PAP by surprise.

Catherine Lim: Globalisation and the internet. Ahhh, my goodness. You know, I think they have underestimated the impact of social .... (inaudible) of the young people here you know, chattering and so on. Young people suddenly alert. Young people seeing what's happening in the rest of the world and say, "Hey! Why is it not happening in Singapore? It is a democracy like in any other country but hey why is it accepted there and not allowed here?" So, you have a whole lot of questioning and I think this government knows that if they don't deal with this problem then they will be in trouble. So here are young people who will be now regarded as a force to be reckon with and I'm glad about that. I'm really glad about that.

11 comments:

Shy said...

Catherine Lim rocks!

Ace Man said...

Isn't she a Malaysian??

Myra Leong said...

She's a Singaporean lah, born in Malaysia.

miles said...

she has a previous run in with the singapore government... i think it was about something she wrote.

Rickie said...

In 1994, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong publicly castigated her for writing two politically critical articles in the Straits Times. The Prime Minister argued that if she wanted to voice her opinion on politics she should join a political party and her comments thus received a so-called "out-of-bounds marker."

- From the Wikipedia page on Catherine Lim

Anonymous said...

it is nice to know that someone recognises the power of the youths in singapore.

Lord Kimbo said...

Wat did she write about?

the lil dot said...

The two Catherine Lim newspaper articles:

Managing political dissent

PAP and the people: A return of disaffection?

Anonymous said...

I salute you, Catherine Lim!

weiyun said...

i like some of her work.

Myra Leong said...

I don't really think the two articles she wrote in the newspaper are that bad. Wonder what the govt did to her after those were published.

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