Come and show support for four fellow Singaporeans!

The Online Citizen’s (TOC) event at Hong Lim Park this Saturday – “World Class Service or World Class Profits?” – will see four speakers giving their personal views on public transport.

The speakers are: Leong Sze Hian, known for his outspoken views; Goh Meng Seng, whose election speeches in 2006 impressed many; the youthful Bernard Chen, a very politically-aware student; and TOC Deputy Editor Gerald Giam, known for his rational and considered approach to issues. (See their profiles below.)

(Update: James Gomez, who is in Singapore to receive his Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science and International Relations) from Monash University on September 12, will be our guest speaker for the day.)

TOC thanks the five gentlemen for agreeing to share their views at Speaker’ Corner and for speaking up for fellow Singaporeans.

TOC will also be handing out copies of its transport proposal to members of the public. (Please come early as we have limited copies.)

Hong Lim Park is easily accessible by the MRT. Take the train to Clark Quay station, look for the sign which says “Hong Lim Park”, go up the escalator and you’re smack right in Speakers’ Corner!

The event itself should last about one and a half hours.

So, please bring your family and friends and join us for an evening of alternative views and dialogue with fellow Singaporeans. Let it not be said that we’re all just Internet-bound, arm-chair critics! So, do come and show your support.

See you at Hong Lim Park!

Saturday, 13 September, 5pm.


Bernard Chen is a third-year student at Temasek Polytechnic, pursuing a Diploma in Leisure and Resort Management. He chaired the recent Workers’ Party YouthQuake forum on public transport. (See here.) Bernard is currently the Secretary in the Workers’ Party Youth Wing.

Leong Sze Hian has been quoted over 1,000 times in the media, takes public transport and “failed his highway code more than 20 years ago.” He writes for The Online Citizen in his weekly column titled “Uniquely Singapore”.

Goh Meng Seng was an opposition candidate in Aljunied GRC in GE 2006. He has written on public transport in several articles on his blog. (Read them here and here.)

Gerald Giam is an IT consultant. He previously served as a foreign service officer in Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Gerald developed his interest in current affairs and public policy during his undergraduate days in California. He wrote a proposal on public transport for TOC in February this year. (See here.) Gerald blogs at Singapore Patriot.

Choo Zheng Xi, TOC’s Chief Editor, will deliver a short speech as well.

The event will be hosted by Andrew Loh, TOC’s Deputy Editor.


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