6 things you might have missed about the 'Return Our CPF' protest if you weren't at Hong Lim Park

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Martino Tan| June 08, 03:20 AM

Thousands of people descended upon Hong Lim Park on June 7, 2014, to attend the “Return Our CPF” protest.

From 4pm to 7pm, several speakers took turns to take issue with the Central Provident Fund minimum sum scheme and criticised the lack of transparency in Singapore's pension system.

There was also plenty of anti-ruling party sloganeering.

The speakers included former presidential candidate Tan Kin Lian, Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam, former Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Vincent Wijeysingha, and blogger Roy Ngerng, who is currently involved in a defamation suit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

For those of you who weren't there, that was pretty much all that went down.

And then some.


1. The crowd at Hong Lim park was big, but not massively epic

According to one of the rally organisers, Han Hui Hui, there were 6,000 people in attendance.

But this figure seems iffy as the crowd appears to be far fewer than the 4,000 people who attended the Population White Paper protest in February last year.


Population White Paper Protest, Feb 16 2013



2. Blogger Roy Ngerng was having his own "National Day Rally"

Ngerng spoke for about 40 minutes. That is longer than PM Lee's National Day Rally 2013 speeches in Mandarin and Malay combined.

Ngerng's full speech is available here.


3. Two young Singaporeans, who are not even old enough to drink, smoke or vote, spoke at the rally

On the left is 16-year-old Tyeisha from the Reform Party and, on the right, is 17-year-old Ariffin Sha.


4. Quote of the day 

Vincent Wijeysingha said in his speech: "Good to see such a crowd... And welcome to the ISD officers in the crowd."

Crowd boos

"Don't boo them. Because they too have CPF!"


5. The absent speaker spoke


Source: Chee Soon Juan Facebook

SDP Secretary-General Chee Soon Juan is away in Australia. His speech was delivered by blogger Ariffin Sha.


6. Placards of the Day

Source: The Online Citizen


Not fans of ruling People's Action Party or their recent YouTube video.


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Photos by Ng Yi Shu.

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