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Renaming Syonan Gallery shows S’poreans have power to effect useless change

Posted on 18 February 2017

This strong people’s voice cannot take back CPF though.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe you can be the change you want to see in this world, are patting one another on the back and giving praise to themselves.

This after they compelled the Singapore government to backtrack, say sorry and change the name of Syonan gallery to something more innocuous after making some noise and threatening some things online.

One Singaporean, Jiak Leow Bee, said: “This episode has taught Singaporeans that we as a people still have a voice to demand for our rights and ultimately effect useless change in society.”

“Our collective bargaining power is able to make the most rudimentary of changes and make the most useless of changes.”

“Can our collective voice demand our CPF back? Can we use Hong Lim Park as a venue to get more of our rights back? Of course not.”

“We can cause a museum to change its name though. One-nil to Singapore people. Thumbs down government.”

Other locals said this is a good lesson to empower Singaporeans.

Another local, Fan Dui Dang, said: “This really shows the government listens to the people when they want them to effect changes in society that don’t matter.”

“Nothing screams ‘People’s Power!’ than changing a museum name and later going back to the polls during general election and voting for PAP.”







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