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.