Chinese Tourist in Singapore: “Falun Gong Is China’s Hope!”

February 21, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Singapore

(Minghui.org) Merlion is Singapore icon, and Merlion Park is a must-see attraction for many tourists. Hundreds of thousands Chinese tourists visit the park every year. Chinese New Year’s Day (February 8, 2016) was no exception, and local Falun Gong practitioners went to the park to raise awareness about the brutal persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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Merlion Park in Singapore

The Singapore government has close ties with communist China, so local practitioners’ efforts to raise awareness are often interfered with or thwarted by local authorities. Nevertheless, the practitioners continue their efforts to reach out to thousands of visiting Chinese tourists.

Tour guides generally allow their groups no more than 30 minutes at each site they visit. Practitioners take advantage of that time to talk with the tourists and offer them the opportunity to distance themselves from the evil deeds of the Party. They explain how the Party demands that Chinese citizens vow to devote their lives to the Party. They also explain how the Party has killed countless Chinese people since it took power, and their belief that Party members will one day be implicated for the Party’s actions. Upon hearing this, many tourists immediately agree to quit the Party.

Some of the Chinese tourists reply that they are not involved in politics. The practitioners encourage them to pay attention to politics, even if they are not directly involved, and remind the tourists of the old Chinese saying that everyone bears responsibility for the fate of the country.

Some tourists say that they are patriotic, and are thus resistant to quitting the Party. A practitioner might then point to the words on a poster board and say, “Indeed, China is great. But the CCP is not China. You don’t have to like the Party to be patriotic. China has lived through many dynasties. None of them lasts forever.”

Many groups of Chinese students also visit Singapore’s tourist attractions. Some are shocked to see the displays that practitioners have on hand, and some of the teachers attempt to keep the students from looking at them.

Practitioners explain, “It is good for the children to learn about Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It brings positive energy to them. They would behave well if they followed the principle. They are innocent. They made vows to devote their lives to the Party, so they too should renounce it. Please don’t lead the students to have later regrets.”

Some of the teachers agree, and allow their students to listen and read the Falun Gong displays. Some then renounce their memberships in the Young Pioneers communist organization.

One guide told a practitioner, “Government officials told us not to accept any Falun Gong materials.” Another said, “We are not allowed to take the materials, or we will face trouble when returning.”

A practitioner said, “You spend money to travel abroad. You should see what you cannot see in China. The Party staged the Tiananmen self-immolation propaganda stunt to incite hatred of Falun Gong. Now it fears people learning the truth about the practice, and the persecution, and does not want you to read Falun Gong materials. The CCP will collapse sooner or later. It cannot control everyone.”

Some nod after hearing the explanation. Some quickly renounce the Party and take some materials with them.

More and more tourists are learning the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution, and renouncing the Party and its affiliates, at tourist sites. Some have already encountered Falun Gong in other countries, and learned about the true nature of the CCP and the brutal persecution in China.

One tourist said emotionally, “Falun Gong is China’s hope!” Others took photos of the Falun Gong posters and gave practitioners a thumbs-up.

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“Every Singaporean Should Sign the Petition to Bring Jiang Zemin to Justice”

December 17, 2015

(Minghui.org) Echoing the recent wave of lawsuits against former Chinese dictator Jiang Zemin for his role in the persecution of Falun Gong, a signature drive was held in Singapore’s Hong Lim Park on December 14. Local residents and visitors from different cultural backgrounds warmly supported the activity and called upon the Chinese regime to investigate Jiang’s crimes committed over the course of the 16-year persecution.

As of December 5, less than a week before World Human Rights Day, more than one million Asians had signed a petition supporting the 200,000 lawsuits filed by Falun Gong practitioners against Jiang Zemin. According to many who signed the petition, one of the most common motivations to speak out thus has been the brutal state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

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Demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises at Hong Lim Park before the signature drive.

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The signature drive to bring Jiang Zemin to justice receives wide support.

Many local residents expressed their support for the efforts to bring Jiang to justice. Resha Motilal, a 28-year-old financial analyzer, was horrified by the brutality of the persecution. “It is incredible,” she said. “Every Singaporean should sign the petition to help bring Jiang Zemin to justice and stop the persecution.”

Sukri Kadola, a 43-year-old interior designer, already knew a great deal about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. He praised Falun Gong’s peaceful resistance.

“Although I don’t practice Falun Gong, I completely support the signature drive and the peaceful event today,” he said to a practitioner. “This kind of activity can help people understand what is happening in China, and will draw attention from the international community, which will exert pressure on China to stop the persecution.”

Kadola added emphatically, “No matter how powerful a government is, it should not abuse its power and do whatever it wants. Everybody should take action to stop the persecution.”

After signing the petition, Rakiv Uddin, a 32-year-old Bengali, went back to his workplace and asked his co-workers to sign as well. “The torture really saddens me,” he said. “It should be stopped immediately. I don’t understand why people are being persecuted for their belief in China. Everybody should have freedom of belief.”

Several visitors from France, the Netherlands, and Canada told practitioners that they had seen similar events in their home countries. They all condemned Jiang’s crimes against humanity and signed the petition.

Christy, a spokesman for a British human rights organization, believes that it is a shame that the persecution has been going on for so long. He said that it is the largest yet “quietest” case of violence and torture in the world.

Christy blamed much of the mainstream media, which have largely kept silent about the persecution of Falun Gong because of political or economic pressure from the Chinese government. “They are the accomplices,” he said. “The media all over the world should help investigate the killing of Falun Gong practitioners.”

Mr. Zheng, a Chinese student, was happy to see the Falun Gong exercise demonstration. He said, “It’s very important for Chinese to learn what Falun Gong really is.”

Back in China, a number of people around Zheng were arrested for practicing Falun Gong. The government propaganda caused him to fear Falun Gong, but he wanted to learn the truth. Zheng managed to break through the Internet blockade and read many Falun Gong publications, including Zhuan Falun and Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.

What he read changed his opinion. “I was glad to learn what was really happening. Falun Gong’s teaching, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, is great. It is a righteous cultivation practice,” Zheng said.

Zheng was pleased to sign the petition. “Organ harvesting is too brutal,” he said. “Jiang has killed so many people. He is a real terrorist!”

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Singapore: Calling to Bring Former Chinese Leader to Justice Prior to Xi Jinping’s Visit

November 04, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Singapore

(Minghui.org) A large banner reading “Global Support for Lawsuits in China against Jiang Zemin’s Crime in Falun Gong Persecution” in both Chinese and English and similar banners were displayed in Hong Lim Park in Singapore on November 1, 2015.

It was part of the peaceful demonstration held by Falun Gong practitioners prior to the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 6-7. Practitioners called upon Xi to hold Jiang Zemin accountable for initiating and directing the 16-year persecution of Falun Gong in China.

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Practitioners in Singapore rally in Hong Lim Park on November 1, 2015 to raise awareness of Chinese Communist Party’s atrocities against Falun Gong.

Many passersby stopped to learn about the persecution and the lawsuits against Jiang. Many signed criminal report forms as they learned that more than 190,000 Chinese people have filed criminal complaints against Jiang since May in China and about 770,000 people in the Asian countries have signed criminal report forms since April to support the efforts to prosecute Jiang.

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People sign to support the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin

Mark Ward who works in the financial industry in Australia was traveling in Singapore with his family. “It’s unacceptable,” he said of the forced organ harvesting crimes against living Falun Gong practitioners. “Only by the awakening of the Chinese people, can the Chinese Communist Party’s killing and atrocities be stopped,” he added. He and his wife signed criminal report forms in support of the lawsuits against Jiang Zemin.

“Forced organ harvesting is inhuman, and should be stopped,” said another passerby Zarifah Zohri, a Malaysian who works as an assistant at a clinic in Singapore. She said she hopes that the perpetrators will be held accountable.

Mr. Chen Yuan, a 47-year-old psychologist and native Singaporean, also signed a criminal report form. He said that Falun Gong practitioners’ efforts to raise awareness of the persecution helps many people learn what’s really happening in China. He mentioned that he had seen many similar Falun Gong events at tourists attractions in Hong Kong, Malaysia and other countries.

“I’ll look into it [the persecution] after getting home,” said another Singaporean. “I’ll come to support if you hold such activities again.”

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