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SINGAPORE ZOO: PENGUIN ENCLOSURE TEMPORARY CLOSED

The Singapore Zoo has closed their penguin enclosure this morning (18 July). The Zoo explains that some penguins have displayed symptoms of depression, such as loss of appetite and restlessness. The closure will only be temporary and it will be re-opened once the penguins have been cured.

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PAP MP HRI KUMAR: I DISAGREE WITH NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD

I do not believe homosexuality falls in the category of issues which should be excluded. In fact, neither does the NLB. It says it carries such books in the Adult section. But I think most neutrals would agree that children should read books with controversial themes supervised. I do not agree with the argument that destroying books is akin to censorship, and that all censorship is bad.

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Qin Shi Huang: The ruthless emperor who burned books

Qin Shi Huang was king of the small state of Qin by the age of 13. One by one, Qin Shi Huang defeated neighbouring states, swallowed their territory into his growing empire and enslaved and castrated their citizens. "Every time he captured people from another country, he castrated them in order to mark them and made them into slaves," says Hong Kong University's Xun Zhou. "There were lots and lots of eunuchs in his court. He was a ruthless tyrant." But still, no Qin, no China.

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MANY PARENTS HAPPY WITH NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD DECISION

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.

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SINGAPORE ARMED FORCES SCRAPS BUDDY SYSTEM WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has announced it has removed the "buddy system" from its combat doctrine with effect from today (10 July). In a press statement to the media, SAF spokesperson reiterated they are constantly reviewing its training procedures to ensure the SAF is "keeping up with the times". The "buddy system" is a traditional military doctrine which requires individual soldiers to function in pairs during training and operations to ensure safety and accountability.

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NOT RIGHT FORUM FOR DISCUSSION

Children's books are not the right forum for a discussion on alternative lifestyles. In a 2009 statement, the ministry explained that schools do not promote alternative lifestyles to students, and that its framework for sexuality education reflects the "mainstream views and values of Singapore society, where the social norm consists of the married heterosexual family unit" ("Why MOE suspended Aware project"; May 7, 2009).

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THANK YOU NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD (NLB) FOR UPHOLDING YOUR ROLE WITH CLARITY AND INTEGRITY

We have watched the media’s one-sided coverage regarding NLB’s decision to pull out two books from its shelves and are dismayed. NLB’s decision to remove the books has nothing to do with inclusivity but everything to do with children’s interest. Children are unable to evaluate homosexual content and stimulus at their age. They are also one of the core clienteles of our libraries. NLB owes them the responsibility to be prudent in the selection of books. It is only right that NLB acts upon its duty of looking after the interests of children.

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VINCENT WIJEYSINGHA: SINGAPOREANS MUST BE CONCERNED WITH NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD’S CENSORSHIP OF PRO-GAY CHILDREN BOOKS

A really serious matter of public censorship has arisen. The National Library has banned 2 books which, because of references to homosexuality, are deemed to have "conflicting content". It appears the complaint on which they acted was from a member of the "We Are Against Pink Dot" FB page. The matter of banning books is extremely serious and should get citizens very worried, regardless of your views on homosexuality. I have written to the NLB officer who carried out the ban. Please consider writing too. This is the text of my letter fyi:

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