Nine men, between ages 28 and 54, allegedly protested outside a light industrial building in Ang Mo Kio on 18 October 2022.
We all know that protests are illegal in Singapore under the Public Order Act, and should you require to express your unhappiness with regard to all sorts of reasons, you will need a permit.
These nine workers held up signs that said “Shanghai Chong Kee” and “pay back the debt” in English and Mandarin, even though some of them don’t look like they’re Chinese.
They allegedly blocked the entrance and exit of the NCS Hub Building while holding up signs, demanding their salaries.
Police Arrived at the Scene
After about 20 minutes, the police arrived at the scene and told them to stop their activities.
Officers from the Ministry of Manpower and the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM) are currently assisting the workers.
The workers then returned back to their dormitories.
Under the Public Order Act, engaging in a public assembly without permission may result in a fine of up to S$3,000.
Protesting in Singapore: Speakers’ Corner
If you reside in Singapore, you will probably know that the Speakers’ Corner is the only way one can protest legally.
Earlier in July, there was a protest against the former Sri Lanka president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Mr Prabu Ramachandran, a former candidate for Peoples Voice (PV) at the 2020 General Election, as well as Mr Leong Sze Hian, a man who lost a defamation case against PM Lee, held the protest.
They urged people to come down to the Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park and expected a huge crowd.
However, only one person turned up at the protest. The duo wanted Singapore to deport Rajapaksa, and I guess you can say that they would know if the audience agree or not.
The protest ended 48 minutes later instead of a two-hour duration because of the low turnout.
Remember, regardless of the turnout, the right way is to voice out your thoughts at the Speakers’ Corner…even if you just have an audience of one.
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