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14 Jun 2016

Singapore government tells firms not to sponsor LGBT events

International firms have been told not to support Pink Dot, in a sign of increasing official conservatism

In a statement on its website last Tuesday, the ministry said that the Singaporean government generally rejects foreign entities interfering in domestic issues.

"These are political, social or moral choices for Singaporeans to decide for ourselves," it said.

The city-state's ministry of home affairs has said it will "take steps to make it clear that foreign entities should not fund, support or influence such events".

The move by Singapore's government comes after conservative activists have accused multinationals of interfering in Singapore's politics and have called on them to withdraw sponsorship.

Pink Dot lists tech companies Facebook, Apple and Google, as well as financial giants Barclays, J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs, among its corporate sponsors.

The statement concludes: "In the context of LGBT issues, this will apply both to events that advocate the LGBT cause such as the Pink Dot, as well as events whose purpose is to oppose the LGBT cause."

Pink Dot's own statement, posted on its website Wednesday, reads:

"Pink Dot SG started off first and foremost as a platform on which values of inclusion and diversity are celebrated, and over the years this has only strengthened with the growing support of Singaporeans from all walks of life, including a significant portion of its corporate citizens.

For all the LGBT Singaporeans and their allies that this movement has striven to help give a voice to and done its part to push the envelope in helping to create greater visibility of Singapore's LGBT community, we have done all we can to ensure Pink Dot SG stays within the law.

Our Corporate Sponsors that have supported us over the years are all registered and incorporated in Singapore. We are fortunate to count among them admired household names, employers of choice for a sizeable portion of our workforce, inextricably linked with and fully a part of this beautiful fabric we call home."

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-06-14 19:53  
So sad that one of the gayest places in the world should be run by homophobes.
2. 2016-06-15 06:36  
Shades of Isle. At least they are not pushing Gay off the tops of buildings, yet.
3. 2016-06-15 15:01  
1) the sponsors are incorporated locally

2) there is an alternative Korea not far away

3) it is right for a country's people to decide amongst themselves unpressured from outside forces

4) there is no rush
4. 2016-06-15 19:19  
The only good point in the Home Ministry's statement is:

"In the context of LGBT issues, this will apply both to events that advocate the LGBT cause such as the Pink Dot, as well as events whose purpose is to oppose the LGBT cause. "

This is at least coherent, and leaves room for LGBT activists to attack foreign sponsors of homophobic activities in Singapore. Potentially it could mean a lot...
5. 2016-06-16 18:01  
It is not black or white. Many grey areas to work on.
6. 2016-06-18 05:23  
They really are setting themselves up for serious political unrest -total idiots.
7. 2016-06-20 09:23  
I didn't know Singapore was a Communist Country!
8. 2016-06-20 09:26  
As China and Russia are Anti-Gay too!

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