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8 Apr 2019

Singapore's main opposition party will not call for anti-gay sex law repeal

Head of the Worker's Party warns against 'politicising' the issue.

Singapore’s main opposition party has said it will not call for the repeal of the law, which criminalises sex between men, because there was no consensus within the party. Pritam Singh, head of the Worker’s Party (WP), said it was detrimental to ‘politicise’ the issue. Instead, he urged people to put ‘family first’, engage in dialogue and respect individual consciences. LGBT rights advocates have called Singh’s comments ‘disappointing’, and showing a ‘lack of empathy’ for those affected by the law. Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code is a legacy from the British colonial-era and prohibits sex between men. The Singaporean government has said that the law will not be actively enforced. But LGBT rights proponents say its retention reinforces homophobia in the city-state. A renewed call for repeal was mounted last year. But studies show that the majority of Singaporeans think Section 377A should remain.
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Singapore’s main opposition party has said it will not call for the repeal of the law, which criminalises sex between men, because there was no consensus within the party. Pritam Singh, head of the Worker’s Party (WP), said it was detrimental to ‘politicise’ the issue. Instead, he urged people to put ‘family first’, engage in dialogue and respect individual consciences. LGBT rights advocates have called Singh’s comments ‘disappointing’, and showing a ‘lack of empathy’ for those affected by the law. Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code is a legacy from the British colonial-era and prohibits sex between men.

The Singaporean government has said that the law will not be actively enforced. But LGBT rights proponents say its retention reinforces homophobia in the city-state. A renewed call for repeal was mounted last year. But studies show that the majority of Singaporeans think Section 377A should remain.

To read more, click here!

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Reader's Comments

1. 2019-04-08 20:50  
it is clear, section 377 is not from british
2. 2019-04-10 00:53  
I was previously a volunteer with them, but both the renewal of leadership and direction of the party are heading towards to are extremely disappointing. It is now, and definitely will also be, a significant factor for me when it comes to voting for upcoming GE as an Aljunied GRC voter.

Everyone please remember, there are different options when it comes to voting. Vote for ruling party, vote for alternative party, and EQUALLY IMPORTANT, VOTE FOR NONE.
3. 2019-04-10 00:57  
Just to make some references and for those who doesn't know about this issue:

https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/wps-faisal-supports-wear-white
4. 2019-04-10 01:17
Opposition parties in Singapore are weaklings. This is just an example of why that is so.

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