Don't take it too hard. You have a place in our society. The same place as the people who like to walk naked in their own home, assemble in groups of more than 4 without permit, sell chewing gum, speak in public without permit, keep nudie pictures on their hard disk and make party political films. We are a unique society and therefore have to keep laws unique to Singapore in line with our Uniquely Singapore campaign.
Gay men should be thankful that our police have been lenient to them and have not sent thousands of policemen to spy on their private activities for the purpose of prosecution. They have to understand that that the majority find their activities offensive and unacceptable. Although these 'activities' are private and unseen, some people are offended by the idea that it should be decriminalised. They feel better that gays in our society remain as criminals and this is somehow good for our society.
In the late 90s, I was sent to California with a colleague to source for cutting edge technology for my company. At one company in San Jose, I noticed a strange poster while waiting at the lobby. The poster had a very long list of famous names "Keynes, Da Vinci, Michaelangelo....." and nothing else. When the engineer we were meeting arrived, I asked him what the poster was about. He said without batting an eyelid, "This is a list of famous gay men...". I almost said, "If they were in Singapore, they would all be criminals", but it wouldn't be nice to boast to my host about the great laws we have in Singapore, I was sure he knew about the chewing gum ban in Singapore so there was no need to impress him further.
Although places like California continue to thrive and its society vibrant, Singapore's gay men are particularly evil and have to be criminalised for fear that they will harm our society. In the 70s & 80s, it was thought that men with long hair were also evil - they were prevented from entering Singapore by our immigration. Our unique fears are protected by our unique laws....Singaporeans are well protected.
Government does not endorse gay lifestyle: Singapore minister
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SINGAPORE (AFP) ¡ª Singapore's government does not want to endorse a homosexual lifestyle, a senior cabinet minister said Monday, as parliament debated a rare petition to repeal a law that criminalises gay sex.
A member of parliament filed the petition to repeal the relevant part of the Penal Code on the grounds that it is discriminatory and violates constitutional safeguards on equal rights.
It was the first time in more than two decades that parliament had heard a petition, local radio reported, and coincided with debate on the most extensive amendments to the city-state's Penal Code in 22 years.
The MP, Siew Kum Hong, who is not gay, said the government's proposed changes would allow anal and oral sex between two consenting heterosexual adults.
However refusing to decriminalise the same acts between homosexual and bisexual men is discrimination, said Siew, who filed the petition after an online campaign to repeal the section.
Arguing for the section to be retained, Senior Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, Ho Peng Kee, said Singapore remains a largely conservative society.
"While homosexuals have a place in society... repealing section 377A will be contentious and may send a wrong signal that the government is encouraging and endorsing the homosexual lifestyle as part of our mainstream way of life," Ho said.
Public feedback on the issue had been "emotional, divided and strongly expressed," he said, but most people wanted to retain the section.
"The majority find homosexual behaviour offensive and unacceptable," Ho added," noting that police nevertheless have been lenient in implementing the law.
However, Siew said private, consensual sexual acts between adult males would "not impact on the safety and security of society."
"Now is the time, not to do the pragmatic or easy thing, but to do the right thing," he said.
Stuart Koe, chief executive of the Asian gay portal, Fridae.com, and one of the people behind the petition, said that for gays in Singapore, Section 377A has been like "a gun pointed to their heads."
Singapore celebrities joined the campaign to repeal the anti-gay sex section by appearing in a rap video posted on the YouTube website.