About 400 showed up at Speakers’ Corner to protest against PM Lee Hsien Loong

They demanded an independent inquiry to be set up to investigate abuse of power allegations.

By Belmont Lay | July 16, 2017

Some 400 protesters took to the Speakers’ Corner at Hong Lim Park on Saturday, July 15, 2017, to hang out and make themselves heard.

The organisers of the protest, dubbed “Singapore belongs to Singaporeans and not to the FamiLee”, want Singapore’s president to commission an independent inquiry to look into whether Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had abused his power in his feud with his siblings over what to do with their late father’s house.

The protest organisers said that the parliamentary debate earlier in July was pointless, after the PM declared that there was no evidence to support his siblings’ allegations that he had abused his power.

Some of the speakers later switched focus to the upcoming presidential election.

The government has reserved the election for ethnic Malay candidates this time as none has held the post since Yusof Ishak, the country’s first president, died in office in 1970.

Critics say the move was designed to sideline anti-establishment candidates from the Chinese majority.

Saturday’s protest stood in contrast to the the gaiety previously witnessed just two weeks earlier at Pink Dot on July 1 held at the same venue:

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