Don’t equate difference in opinions with discrimination


Ho Lay Ping

Published: 4:00 AM, June 20, 2017

With regard to the recent debate over the call to remove an ad by Pink Dot organisers at a mall, a difference in opinion should not be equated with the discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Disapproval of a behaviour is not rejection of a person.

That the Pink Dot event is allowed to be held shows that discrimination does not exist. We have been most tolerant of it even if we do not agree on this matter. This annual event is increasingly dividing and polarising our society, and if organisers continue to push their agenda aggressively, the stronger the push back will be from conservative forces in our society.

It is disturbing that some people have alleged on social media that the decision made by the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (Asas) was religiously motivated.

Asas’ chairman, Professor Tan Sze Wee, has since clarified that decisions are made through voting. Does such an allegation mean that our government ministers with religious affiliations cannot carry out their portfolios objectively? Let us be mindful that the majority of Singaporeans follow a religion.