Today's break time sent me to the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta (ISI) to join in a friendly protest against the Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI , political party).
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was told that the protest is more like a performance art event than a demonstration.
There is no right or wrong here with the governance. And as much as I find that the Pancasila is meaningful and I admire how patriotic the crowd was, the model will not work for Singapore.
It was a powerful experience for me to be in the crowd as everyone recited the Pancasila by heart, in union.
I just soaked in the atmosphere of the strength and unity of ISI while I was there as I imagined if students and alumni in my alma mater would stand up against such domination if a political group like HTI would set up base within campus. The answer is obvious.
(p/s: You'll have to know that it was the alumni that organized this peaceful demonstration.)
I guess the only thing similar that I have experienced in Singapore is at the Worker's Party campaigns prior to election day, or the crazy Orchard road crowds during the Great Singapore Sale... okay lets not talk about National Day parades.
Tape told me to check out this article that covered the protest in ISI, it could help you with putting my post in context.