Due to poor public response to the government’s national propaganda, the Bicentennial Experience centre at Fort Canning Park will be shut down. The S$20 million centre was only used for a year in 2019.
According to Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee, only around 760,000 visitors visited the museum that glorifies Singapore’s former British colonial masters and the founding ruling party PAP leaders. This is less than 20% of the 4.03 million local resident in Singapore, with the remaining majority disinterested in the government propaganda.
In 2017, dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the celebration of British landing in Singapore island and marked 2019 as the year of “Bicentennial Celebration”. Lee Hsien Loong wanted to call for the General Election in 2019, as he wanted a “national celebration” similar that of SG50 Celebration in 2015 when he won the General Election.
The move backfired with the public slamming the celebration as glorifying colonial slavery, as it overlooked the struggles of early Singapore immigrants who suffered racism, slavery and oppression from their British colonial masters.
With the failure of Bicentennial Experience, the General Election was called off. Lee Hsien Loong is expected to call for the election in May 2020.