co-ordinator for Singapore and Malaysia, Amnesty International Canada
Your editorial Shadow Over Singapore (May 9) gets to the point of Singapore's reality. The population lives in a climate of fear, intimidated and silenced. Increased restrictions placed on the opposition during the recent election clearly show this lack of progress. Only by external pressure from foreign governments such as Canada will Singapore change.
Ottawa, for instance, could press the Singapore government to give its opposition the freedom to express openly its concerns about governance; urge Singapore to end its death penalty; insist that international observers attend political trials; and meet dissidents and human-rights activists -- they may be tomorrow's leaders.