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2002 2001 2000
Dear Editor / Readers,
I understand that
Singapore Culture/ current younger generation is leaning towards
more on Western. Ok it is everybody's privilage to live as they
wish. But is it not good to pick up and follow only good and
better life style of Westeners, rather than Kissing and Hugging in
Public Transport and Public Places.
Today the youngsters
do not feel ashamed to do so in Public. The poor Parents only can
feel the pinch when their Kinder-garten and Primary Going Children
asking Questions pointing at these Hugging and Kissing Scenes. Hai
Youngsters There are many ways to share the Love and affection
with your Partner rather than these obscene things in Public.
Tomorrow, you are
going to be parents to feel the Pinch, by that time it would be
too late to change the culture. I believe the Singapore Government
would look in to this to take measure for Cleaner country by all
Thank you very much
for the Oppertunity to express the feelings of the Responsible
11 Aug 2003
The Gay Issue - are
we being a responsible society?
I have read some of the reactions to
our Governments desire to open up our society to the
contributions of the gay community.
I question if we as a society have
really examined the issue and it's possible impact to our
society carefully. Has the Government been careful and
responsible with this issue, or is it driven more by the
economic advantages of having the gay community contribute to
our development? Are they being as stringent with this issue as
they have been with things such as the import of medicine and
its impact on our health or the import of animal and plant
species which might effect the ecology here?
My contention is that there are too
many unanswered questions with respect to the impact of this
decision on our society and culture. Questions which have not
been answered satisfactorily in other societies let alone Asian
societies which place a high value on the family unit. Recent
polls have shown that most people do not favor their
children expressing gay behavior. What if this decision does not
affect their children but their children's children, are we
being responsible to them by making this decision on their
behalf without answering key questions?
Here are just a few unanswered
questions: What proportion of people choose the gay lifestyle
because of natural tendencies and what proportion choose to
become gay because of learned behavior? If leading people in
society model this life-style how does it impact the psyche of
the younger generation and to what extent does being gay become
attractive to them? What proportion of gay members have actually
experimented with that life-style because of having a 'fallout'
with the opposite sex and therefore chose to be gay? Will we at
some point say that the proportion of society which is gay has
become critical and so decide that this practice should be
contained because of the danger that it will dislodge the
'norm' of family life in Singapore and cause a generic change in
cultural values? Does introducing this life-style and giving it
credence go against the need for us to encourage more couples to
marry and have more children? What is the social impact on our
society if the institution of marriage has to be redefined and
the definition of a family unit redrawn? How will our welfare
workers cope and counsel problems that will arise with such
alternative life-styles and the reactions or adjustments of
members of society to such a life-style?
The government has been very
meticulous and responsible in so many issues, in fact even
adamant on some and yet it has relaxed on this issue without
attempting to give satisfactory answers to some of the
I personally feel there can be no
conclusive explanations on the above since each society will, to
a great degree, respond and adjust differently to this change. I
can attest to this from my experience in having lived and worked
in at least two tribal cultures, as a linguist and literacy consultant for
most of the last 18 years. About ten years ago I had the dubious
task of being one of the first to explain to one of these tribal
groups, in their own language, about homosexual activities. I
brought this up to them as one of one of the contributing
factors to the spread of AIDS. I then realized that I was
introducing an unknown notion to them as they went into a kind
of shock since such activities were not known among them as
a community. I will not go into how I know this for sure since
secret homosexual practices could have been practiced among
them, it is not my aim to explain the cultural structure and
nature of these people in this letter to convince anyone on this
point. This is only to attest to the fact that there are still
too many unanswered questions and many of them cannot be
answered since each society will react differently. So are we
being responsible enough with this issue when there seems
to be no constructive attempt made to try and answer
some of these questions for our society? Should economic
development always be the premise to make exceptions on issues
such as this, while we are adamant about other issues that pose
less a danger to the basic fundamentals of our society? Who has
the say and who will draw the line to say this is too much
risk for us at this time? How will these risks be researched and
calculated? How much has already been done? Is there a
process in place to do this?
I personally feel even when all is
said and done there will still be a good number of unknowns but
at least we would have been responsible in determining the known
risks and thereby taken steps to prepare our society to 'adjust'
/ 'tolerate'/ 'survive' such a change to our moral and
religious culture...more so for us in Singapore, who have been
known to be a wise and cautious society. We are also
proudly maintaining a multi-religious and multi-cultural
society with the vast majority of us being uniquely Asian and
hopefully remaining distinctively so, despite the impact of
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27 Jul 2003
ALTERNATIVE¡¯ OR UNNATURAL LIFESTYLE?
begin with, we should get our terminology correct. Homosexuality
(sex between two or more males) and lesbianism (sex between two or
more females) should not be called ¡°Gay¡± or ¡°Gayness¡±. The
meaning of the word ¡°gay¡¯ should remain as ¡°light-hearted
and cheerful, happy and full of fun¡±, and the meanings of the
words ¡®homosexuality¡¯ and
¡®lesbianism¡¯ should also remain as they are.
Unfortunately, human beings are very creative as far as language
is concerned, and an UNNATURAL lifestyle is now called an
¡®ALTERNATIVE¡¯ lifestyle. Liberties are taken with language, so
the opposite of ¡®straight¡¯, instead of ¡®crooked¡¯, has
become ¡®gay¡¯, and the opposite of ¡®gay¡¯, instead of
¡®sad¡¯, becomes ¡®straight¡¯. There is an excuse for
everything and a way out for every wrong. ( Sodomy is still a
criminal offence in Singapore: ref. Penal Code 377/377A).
and lesbians should be allowed to make a living, and to be
employed like anyone else. They should have the right to live as
they want, and to do as they like, AS LONG AS their actions do not
affect the lives of other people who do not subscribe to their
UNNATURAL lifestyle. Having said this, I would like to bring up
some examples to show why it is difficult for homosexuals and
lesbians NOT to affect the lives of other people by their actions.
For instance, when two men decide to live together as ¡®husband
and wife¡¯ or ¡®husband and husband¡¯, and they decide to adopt
a child (let¡¯s say a boy) to live together as a family, where
would this lead to? The two men, in order to fulfil their sexual
desires, may resort to engaging in a criminal offence called
sodomy, (which the Oxford Dictionary defines as ¡®copulation-like
act between male persons or between a person and an animal¡¯).
Some will say, ¡® that¡¯s perfectly all right, because they are
two consenting adults¡¯. Now, what happens when one, or the both
of them, decide to sodomize the boy they have adopted? Is sodomy a
crime when it involves adults? If an adult male can sodomize
another adult male, can either of them sodomize the male child?
Would you give your son out for adoption, knowing this could
happen to him? Who is going to protect the child? The Government?
all over the world are now reeling from the effects of
homosexuality in the church. Boys in Catholic orphanages, as well
as choir-boys in Catholic churches, are now coming out to accuse
their guardians and priests of sodomizing them, and millions of
dollars are being paid out as compensation to those who have been
sexually abused, in order to silence them. The root cause of this
problem obviously is the imposition of celibacy on the priesthood,
which is an UNNATURAL dogma. Now even Protestant churches are
allowing homosexuals and lesbians to serve as pastors, to lead
their flock. Where would they lead their flock? The problem faced
by Catholic churches will spread to the Protestant churches as
well, and there are
going to be lawsuits in the Protestant churches any day now. What
happens when one of these two men described above gets infected
with AIDS, and he suddenly decides that he wants to become
bisexual, and has sex with an unsuspecting woman, who then gets
infected. What happens when this woman has sex with an
unsuspecting man, and infects him, too. Is this all right?
I would like to
express my thanks and gratitude to the kind and thoughtful people
of Singapore who helped my husband and myself today in the carpark
of the Great World City Shopping Centre. My husband slid on some
water in the carpark, dislocated his knee and was on the ground in
agony. To my surprise, there were numerous people who stopped to
see if they could help in anyway. No-one seemed to give a second
thought to SARS, all they wanted to do was help someone in need.
I would especially
like to thank the gentleman who called an ambulance and also the
other gentleman who rang the ambulance to see if they were on the
way. All of these "strangers" went out of their way to
help and the genuine concern for us was very touching. The
Security men at Great World were very helpful and ensured that my
husband was looked after whilst we waited.
So, thank you for your
kindness and thoughtfulness in our time of need. In case you are
wondering, my husband did dislocate his knee and after three
attempts his patella is back in place and although his knee is
swollen and very sore, he is going to be fine.
2 May 2003
The Subject of
Punishment by Caning
I'd like to discuss the subject of caning punishment. I
recently read article
regarding the 3 boys who received this punishment at at Montfort
First, let me state that I am an American, living in the U.S.
and I understand punishments differ from Country to Country. But,
the harsher and more brutal the punishment, the more that
psychological scarring of the victim can occur in later life. The
way He/She is treated early on in their childhood, is what can be
expected later on in life with the way that they will treat others.
I first realized your punishment methods from a young American boy,
named Micheal Faye. From reading the newspapers, it seems he
was very mischievous while he lived in Singapore and created
graffiti on cars and causing damage to them. I agree that this is a
crime that should be punished. But the method, we would possibly
have disagreement with. I would not expect this person to be beaten
and scared for life, both mentally and physically. I believe that
Life is precious (and not cheap).
Human beings have a brain that is used for understanding and
comprehension. True, some people do not learn the first or second
time and sometimes have to be shown the proper path to follow. In
the U.S., incarceration (prison) is sometimes required in order to
allow time for the person to understand that what they have done is
But violence creates violence in society. Parading
those three young boys on stage (before the public) and caning them
(did they even have pants on or was this done nude?) creates a
subconscience sadism in society that says for every infraction,
there is a penalty.
Have you not seen an increase in Violence (with regards to
punishments of Caning?) I've studied some information on the
Internet with regards to how much your Laws have changed in recent
years. More caning is now done for even smaller infractions (e.g.
chewing gum, spitting, etc.) Your society has long touted a much
lower crime rate because of your stronger punishments, but I submit
to you that the violence from Singapore society has not left, but
merely been re-channeled into Government.
When all matter of penalties are put upon a people whereupon
they can no longer speak out and voice their thoughts and opinions,
it becomes a dictatorial society. In simplest terms,
when we try too hard for the good (in life), it can literally
change to bad, even though our intentions, at the beginning,
In closing, I'm glad that in my Country, corporal
punishment is no longer used. Schools as well as parents no
longer threaten children with violence of beatings. Time-Outs are
given as well as suspensions and expulsions. Someone once said: Do
unto others as you would have them do unto you.
I would not expect a beating nor will I ever give one, as
crushing one's spirit is worse than death, itself.
the Singaporean people and may you someday learn a kinder and
gentler method of correction.
I have made an
observation and would like to make a
suggestion to our education. Our kids are still using
the symbol X for multiplication and the symbol (not
printable from keyboard) for division. When they grow
up and move on to study computer programming and the
use of most softwares, they need to relearn the
symbols * for multiplication and / for divide.
I suggest that we make
the change from kindergarten to
using the computer symbols for these mathematical
operations. This will help our people learn faster, as
the need to learn them will always be there for every
student. Of course, to do so will entail major revamps
of all textbooks and assessment books, but the long
term benefit will far outweigh the effort put in now.
30 Mar 2003
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