Warned they were unwelcome in Singapore, the site of an upcoming World Bank/International Monetary Fund annual conference, hundreds of NGO activists from 40 countries chose nearby Batam to host an opposition forum.I think they should try Johor Bahru (JB). Similar to Batam, JB is really close to Singapore and besides, they will have a higher chance of a success there. As they would say over there, "Malaysia Boleh (Malaysia Can)!"
But the 700 participants are receiving a similarly frosty reception there as well, with the local authorities rejecting their request to hold the gathering. It was planned for the Haj Dormitory.
Opposition also is coming from an unexpected quarter: their local counterparts and other groups.
The latter, including the Independent Political Watch (IPW), Cinta Anak Negeri, the Marginal People Forum, DPD Formasda, GP 27 Juli, Mapan, BP7KR and youth group Pemuda Pancasila, made their opposition to the event public by jointly placing a half-page, ad in Tribun Batam daily on Monday.
In the ad, they argued a big gathering of NGO activists would undermine the investment climate on the island, which was recently declared a special economic zone, with support from Singapore.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Hundreds of NGO activists who are unable to hold their public demonstrations in Singapore during the upcoming World Bank/International Monetary Fund annual conference, decide to try Batam instead. From The Jakarta Post:
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