Thursday, October 9, 2014

The most (and least) successful online petitions in Singapore

Getting people to support a cause used to be a difficult, resource-intensive process. Today, anyone can start an online petition, and quickly mobilise thousands of like-minded people behind a campaign. Recent Singapore-related petitions range from revoking someone's citizenship to returning our CPF contributions.

Which petitions have been the most, and least successful in Singapore? I analysed 85 Singapore-related petitions on Change.org, the world's largest petition platform, and copied down the number of supporters for each petition. Here are the results, correct as of today (some petitions are still ongoing):

Top ten petitions
There were many topics in the top ten, but animal abuse does come up a fair bit. 
Title
No. of supporters
Please Help Free the "Sentosa 23" from Resort World in Sentosa Singapore
105,440
Close down STOMP.com.sg
23,847
Review sentence of SKL0; Arts Censorship in SG
15,221
SAVE THE SHARKS - Vote To Remove Dr Giam from CITES and DEMAND Conflict of Interest provisos be adopted by CITES
10,026
Revoke Han Hui Hui's Singapore Citizenship!
5,944
Please look into the matter of 6mths old puppy(Tammy) who was put to sleep by the veterinarian(Esmee Koh) on the request of her adopter(Alison McElwee), on the claim that Tammy was aggressive.
4,096
Return Our CPF!
3,317
Mr Lee Hsien Loong, The Prime Minister of Singapore: Request to Block ashleymadison.com and their related sites of the parent company - Avid Life Media, from Singapore
2,971
For the NLB to reinstate the books and take views of the wider population into consideration
2,942
Stop insisting the words of the 9 NSmen who witnessed the abuse of the dog in Pasir Ris Camp as untrue/unfounded. Punish the Lieutenant Colonel for the abuse. Revoke the charges against the 2 NSmen
2,198


Bottom ten petitions
Some were quite myopic, while others were rather niche.
Title
No. of supporters
The Summer Set to Singapore
15
Accept Men with Breast Implant
15
Bring Back the Singapore Youth Festival
14
SHAMEFUL IRRESPONSIBLE INDIAN MAN WHO DOESNT KNOW HOW TO RESPECT WOMAN AND CHILD...
14
Stop Aggresive Debt Collectors in Singapore
7
Ban cigarettes or increase the price by 3 times.
7
Singapore Democratic Party: Stop your actions in joining a multi-corner by election in Punggol East
6
Have a concert/acoustic session/meet n greet in Singapore.
6
Return our 12GB data. Treat us fairly!
6
Council of Estate Agencies (CEA): Grant Jacob his dream of becoming a Real Estate Agent
5



Full list
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Title
No. of supporters
Please Help Free the "Sentosa 23" from Resort World in Sentosa Singapore
105,440
Close down STOMP.com.sg
23,847
Review sentence of SKL0; Arts Censorship in SG
15,221
SAVE THE SHARKS - Vote To Remove Dr Giam from CITES and DEMAND Conflict of Interest provisos be adopted by CITES
10,026
Revoke Han Hui Hui's Singapore Citizenship!
5,944
Please look into the matter of 6mths old puppy(Tammy) who was put to sleep by the veterinarian(Esmee Koh) on the request of her adopter(Alison McElwee), on the claim that Tammy was aggressive.
4,096
Return Our CPF!
3,317
Mr Lee Hsien Loong, The Prime Minister of Singapore: Request to Block ashleymadison.com and their related sites of the parent company - Avid Life Media, from Singapore
2,971
For the NLB to reinstate the books and take views of the wider population into consideration
2,942
Stop insisting the words of the 9 NSmen who witnessed the abuse of the dog in Pasir Ris Camp as untrue/unfounded. Punish the Lieutenant Colonel for the abuse. Revoke the charges against the 2 NSmen
2,198
Approve medium sized dogs to live in HDB apartments
2,166
I SUPPORT LOCAL! Build a World-class Sheltered Extreme Sports Facility
1,642
Stop the culling of innocent stray dogs
1,558
Shut down TRS
1,199
Singapore Government: Lift Ban on Keeping Cats As Pets in Singapore
1,034
A Manifesto for the Arts
1,034
Singapore Government: Stop all legal action against Leslie Chew
1,028
Stop unnecessary culling of strays, we should seek fairness not brute.
1,021
Release "Xiao Hei" and send it to the animal shelter
987
Include Madurai airport in the Bilateral Air Service agreements
859
Tell Singapore Film Board: Don't Censor The Kids Are All Right
787
Government, Ministry of National Development, Singapore Land Authority, National Parks Board: Do not evict Singaporeans in Pulau Ubin!
775
To allow Andrew Tang to defer his National Service so that he can pursue his passion of one day representing Singapore in the F1 World Championship
571
Ban the Sale and Use of Rodent Glue Traps/ Rodenticides in Singapore
569
Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore: Be accountable for their actions and maintain standards of integrity
510
Support Singaporeans First
452
Council for Estate Agencies (CEA): Impose GST as non-negotiable and compulsory payable by all consumers
409
Singapore Conversation: Provide equality and opportunity to special needs citizens.
394
Fire The Discriminating Shift Manager.
359
Investigation into YMCA Singapore for using children with special needs as Human Shield. YMCA's Master of Ceremony shouted "WE LOVE OUR CPF" in presence of group of Protesters to stir up anger.
313
Limau Estate Woodlands
311
Against Whale Sharks In Captivity
300
Make Singtel Mio refund all subscribers
298
To allow External Law Degree holders to be admitted to the Singapore Bar
291
Tell South Korea, Singapore and Japan: It's time to ensure LGBT Rights!
259
Tell Twitter: #SGisNotJohore—It's time to put Singapore on your map!
257
Tell Singapore Not to Import Live Dolphins
249
Do not remove street art in Haji Lane
202
Rayse Of Hope: Freedom of Access & Mobility For Guide Dogs
198
Support SINGAPORE ... in its FIRST Ever Gay Day.
141
Stop the ceasing of Sunday operations of the Philippine Embassy Singapore
130
Play fair and reduce the price of the BPL subscription
119
Revert their decision to prohibit dogs on leash into Peirce Reservoir
113
X Japan World Concert Tour in Singapore
106
Students of the School of Science and Technology, Singapore: Request to reconsider the ban on reading eBooks
103
PUT TZIRE AND HIS AWESOME RAP BACK INTO THE NATIONAL DAY VIDEO!
98
Naming the upcoming civic centre in Geylang Serai
93
Petition to Evolve MMA on behalf of Professor Takeo
82
Singapore Airlines<br>Please give us back the old website.
75
Support the Commission Of Inquiry for Burma (Singapore)
71
Free public transportation for disabled people in Singapore
69
Allow a student to run for or be appointed to a seat on the board of directors.
63
Measures to avoid forest fires which cause Haze in Singapore & Malaysia
52
Singaporean Government: Tell Mining companies in Singapore to be more responsible
47
Please consider more free-to-air broadcast of World Cup 2014.
45
Stop the export of Canadian sheep for cruel ritual slaughtering
45
Stop reclaiming land in Singapore’s coast for developments.
41
HDB Singapore, please provide a permanent alternative that is conducive to the 300 mentally-ill, disabled and destitute residents of Surya Home.
39
MPs of Singapore: Take public transport to work everyday
37
Upgrade link to Starhub (Singapore)
36
Qatar Airways and SIA: Dont hire pilots that are hunted by police in other countries
33
Stop charging customers for tap water
31
Bring the "Divergent" cast to Singapore!
29
Call For Less Homework For Students In Singapore
26
Shut down the hate group: "We are against Pinkdot in Singapore"
23
Offer Gingerism as a subject in school
22
Stop the Kelong Kings and move FIFA Headquarters to Singapore
21
SINGAPORE: Has the SG$1.1Billion for 800 More Buses Been Well Planned?
19
Singapore Government, AGC, MOE, Council for Private Education (CPE): Singapore Government: Stop all legal action against Han Hui Hui
18
Stop Capturing Dolphins For Entertainment
17
Abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA)
17
Registry of Marriages (ROM) Singapore: To reject the ROM application of Kurt Tay Foo Wei (IC no - 8215102H)
16
The Summer Set to Singapore
15
Accept Men with Breast Implant
15
Bring Back the Singapore Youth Festival
14
SHAMEFUL IRRESPONSIBLE INDIAN MAN WHO DOESNT KNOW HOW TO RESPECT WOMAN AND CHILD...
14
Stop Aggresive Debt Collectors in Singapore
7
Ban cigarettes or increase the price by 3 times.
7
Singapore Democratic Party: Stop your actions in joining a multi-corner by election in Punggol East
6
Have a concert/acoustic session/meet n greet in Singapore.
6
Return our 12GB data. Treat us fairly!
6
Council of Estate Agencies (CEA): Grant Jacob his dream of becoming a Real Estate Agent
5

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