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S’poreans shocked to find so many of them around

Posted on 17 February 2013

Some at Hong Lim Park protest resort to demanding for lesser foreigners, as well as lesser locals by 2030.

Hong Lim Park protest draws a crowd of between 1,000 and 45,000 people, depending on who you ask. (Photo stolen from Choon Hiong)

Hong Lim Park protest draws a crowd of between 1,000 and 45,000 people, depending on who you ask. (Photo stolen from Choon Hiong)

Some Singaporeans among those who turned up in droves to attend the Hong Lim Park protest on Feb. 16, were shocked to see that there were so many of them around.

This caused the initial protest against the PAP government’s plan to increase the population by importing more foreigners to take a turn. Some locals ended up calling on the government to limit the number of Singaporeans as well.

One Singaporean protester, Jin Juay Lang, said: “There is really no place here already. You see for yourself. Cannot stand so many people. So stuffy. Everybody so sticky some more.”

The large turnout for the protest was unexpected, given that there was a heavy downpour. And it was the Chinese New Year weekend.

However, one Singaporean Chinese couple, who are childless, said they “chose” to attend the protest as they “wanted to” support the other protesters even though it was the Chinese New Year weekend.

The man, who refused to be named, said: “I actually came here to siam the Chinese New Year visitation today because every year must give ang bao but cannot receive very siong one, you know.”

Estimates of the number of protesters have ranged from 1,000 as reported by mainstream media to 45,000, according to some online sources on Facebook.

Others who were shocked to see so many Singaporeans congregate at one location, said this reminded them of the good old days of yesteryear when Singaporeans were united together for a common purpose: Such as The Great Singapore Sale 2012.

Da Zhe Kou, a Singaporean shopaholic, said: “This is like Zara. But outdoors. And raining. But the smell is quite similar.”

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