Here is what I learned going to this years Pink Dot (my first) as a straight, Christian-raised, middle aged father. I'm not gay. I'm not an activist. I have no (pro or anti) LGBT agenda. I just figure the world has enough real problems. Pink Dot and what it represents ain't one of them.
A 27 year-old man has been arrested for molesting 3 boys between 21 and 26 June in Clementi over 3 different days. The police issued a statement informing the public that the man had been arrested a few hours after the first report was made. By then, he had already molested 2 other boys after the first victim.
At my first Pink Dot in 2013, I turned up at HLP in black, surrounded by a sea of pink. I've managed to get it right every year since. Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS), on the other hand, is still getting it wrong.
I write to you today with a heavy heart. I have been and always will be a Singaporean Son. Someone who has done his part to play a constructive role in society. Having done my duty to the country in the highest capacity that I could. However, something that I have learnt as of late is that my country will never stand by me.
So, tonight, I picked up this guy who was clearly distraught and emotional. I looked at him in the mirror and I saw he was crying. I asked him what happened and he confided in me that eight years of his life was over in one night. The man he had been with for the last eight years succumbed to family pressures and was going to marry a woman his family had arranged for him.
Just a day after being released from prison for stalking his ex-boyfriend, Tan Boon Wah showed up at his ex's doorstep, rang the doorbell and loitered outside his ex's home in order to make contact again. For this, he was arrested by the police again and subsequently jailed 9 months for unlawfully stalking the victim on at least 2 occasions from October to December 2016 following his release from prison on 1st October 2016.
The old man at the center of the online storm for sexually harassing and slapping a Caucasian American on the MRT has apologized for his actions and says his actions are a result of an anxiety attack and being drunk.