Tuesday, May 01, 2007


May 1, 2007, ST Forum
MM's comments have me and family worried

I AM writing about the review of the criminal code. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's recent comments about liberalising laws regarding homosexuality have got my family and me very concerned.
My expatriate friends find Singapore a conducive place in terms of its low crime and cleanliness. More importantly, they comment that it is a wholesome place. One does not find pornography sold openly in a neighbourhood shop. Having lived in the West myself, this down-
to-earth wholesomeness is what makes Singapore special.
Singapore today faces the challenge of a declining birth rate and families are breaking down at the same time. To legalise homosexuality will compound these problems, given that homosexual couples do not reproduce.
The homosexual lobby in the West is extremely aggressive. It is the same here. Observe how it is now considered intolerant when one criticises them.
What would it be like to have a homosexual teach our children that it is normal to be gay? You might scorn the idea but this is what is happening in the West.
Homosexuals lead a promiscuous and hedonistic lifestyle. What else can you expect when you do not have children to live for or be in a loving and committed relationship? This increases the risk of STDs, Aids, etc, further increasing the risk to the general population.
Homosexuality is not going to go away. All I am saying is that we do not make it easier to be a homosexual by legalising their activities. Singapore is our home and I am proud to be Singaporean. Let us keep it a wholesome place.

Jonathan Cheng Hern Sinn

Man, someone needs to straighten this guy out stat! No pun intended.

I wonder where he got the impression that "homosexuals lead a promiscuous and hedonistic lifestyle". And he is also implying that a homosexual cannot be in "a loving and committed relationship".

I personally know some friends who are homosexual. They are by no means promiscuous or hedonistic. Mr Cheng should realise that heterosexuals can also be promiscuous, with multiple sex partners. If he is worried about transmission of HIV, he should take a look at these stats from the Ministry of Health website:

"Heterosexual transmission has been the most common mode of HIV transmission among Singaporeans since 1991 (Table 2). Most of these cases contracted the infection through casual sex and sex with prostitutes in Singapore and overseas. "

The ignorance is un-freakin'-believable. I wish that more Singaporeans can open their closed little minds & get out of their safe, sheltered environment & be willing to learn more about the world outside of the little red dot, one degree North of the Equator.

Sorry if I sound obnoxious about my own people, but I was SO ANNOYED when I read the letter from Mr Cheng.


Anonymous said...

it's such a shame that this jonathan (probably a christian fundi) is brought up in the same system as us. GROSS!

Med Stu said...

"Heterosexual transmission has been the most common mode of HIV transmission among Singaporeans since 1991 (Table 2). Most of these cases contracted the infection through casual sex and sex with prostitutes in Singapore and overseas."

Regarding this point, if you examine the figures for Jan-Jun 2006, 88/149 of the transmissions occured in heterosexuals while 39/149 occured in homosexuals. Unless more than a quarter of the population is homosexual, we can infer that transmission of HIV is more prevalent in the homosexual population.

angry doc said...

Your interpretation is correct, but it does not support Mr Cheng's call.

If Mr Cheng's aim is to protect the "general public" from sexually-transmitted infections, wouldn't it make more sense to lobby for extending the Infectious Disease Act to make transmission of all forms of STI an offence than to lobby against decriminalisation of homosexual intercourse, since not all homosexual acts result in the transmission of STI?

aliendoc said...

med stu: But Mr Cheng implies that homosexuals are the culprits when it comes to spreading STI's & HIV when this is not the case. If his worry is the spread of disease, then both heterosexuals & homosexuals should be targetted as well!
No, no, I think it's another convenient (albeit erroneous) excuse for him to use against homosexuality.