I disagree with the latest assessment of the State of the Arts (July 12) here, in which the removal of selected children’s books by the National Library Board (NLB), on homosexuality and alternative lifestyles, was viewed as sad.
Many Singaporean parents are happy with and support the NLB’s decision. Imparting values to children comes under their responsibility and care. Children’s books featuring alternative lifestyles should not be freely accessible to unsupervised children in a public library.
If parents want to impart such knowledge to their children, by all means they can do it in their own space and with their own money. These books are available for purchase in Singapore.
This fact has been mentioned publicly, but ignored and sidelined by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement and its supporters.
Singaporeans tolerate the LGBT movement. However, as shown in a survey by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, published in December 2012 after its previous survey in 2005, many here still do not support it.