More parties wade into debate over HPB sexuality FAQ

Published: 4:04 AM, February 6, 2014
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SINGAPORE — As more parties waded into the debate over the FAQ on sexuality the Health Promotion Board (HPB) posted on its website — including another petition that counters an earlier one criticising the board’s move — the HPB said yesterday it would take into account feedback from various quarters in the “continual review” of its public education resources.

However, the board did not answer this newspaper’s query on whether it had, as alleged by some, removed the links to a few support groups in that online resource in response to criticism, including from Faith Community Baptist Church Pastor Lawrence Khong.

The HPB said: “We will take into consideration relevant inputs we have received to see how we could further improve in our communications as well as better reach out to Singaporeans in our health promotion educational materials.”

The debate — sparked by an FAQ section on sexuality the HPB posted on its website in November last year, and which later went viral — grew after several other individuals entered the fray.

In an interview with MyPaper, Mr Khong said he had written a seven-page response to the FAQ, noting that it represented a “pro-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) view”.

He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Separately, an individual who only wanted to be known as Aaron, also started an online petition against the FAQ section that urged the Health Minister to conduct a “thorough, non-biased, comprehensive review” of it.

As of last night, it had garnered more than 1,700 signatures.

Responding to TODAY’s queries, he said the HPB’s article was “questionable and objectionable”.

He added: “I hope through my petition, the Health Ministry will take this opportunity to thoroughly examine the FAQ, not just the expressed words, but the implicit, underlying values that drive it.”

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