SINGAPORE: Swindler Gilbert Goh was denied a permit by the Police for a planned event at Speakers’ Corner this Saturday (Feb 14), on grounds that it sought to touch on matters of race and religion and runs “significant risk of public disorder”.
A Facebook invite created for the event by Mr Goh shows the event is meant to rally people behind a campaign to make Thaipusam a public holiday. It also seeks to picket the Government to allow musical instruments to be played during the Thaipusam procession.
The Singapore Police Force released the following statement:
In response to media queries, the Police confirm that we had engaged Mr Gilbert Goh on 10 February 2015 regarding his planned event to be held at the Speakers’ Corner on 14 February 2015. Mr Goh was told by our officer that the event was not exempted from a Police permit under the Public Order Act.
Mr Goh submitted an application for a permit on 11 February 2015. After careful consideration, Police have rejected Mr Goh’s application as the event seeks to delve into matters of race and religion. Police have assessed that the planned event runs a significant risk of public disorder and could incite feelings of hostility between different racial and religious groups in Singapore.
The Speakers’ Corner is a public space where Singaporeans can speak outdoors in public on any issue, except for matters related to religion, or which may cause feelings of enmity, hatred, ill-will or hostility between different racial or religious groups in Singapore. Police would like to remind members of the public that organising or participating in events on matters of race or religion without a Police permit constitutes an offence under the Public Order Act.
“Maybe he has no money to go back to Australia la,” M Marimuthu, 47 a marine engineer said.
“So now he is trying to cheat us Indians.”
“Wokkalawari!” he added.
*wokalawari – something about pubic hair.