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NLB to Reinstate Banned Penguin Book After Drawing Breasts on Male Penguin

In light of the public uproar over the removal of two non-pro-family books from the shelves of public libraries across Singapore, the National Library Board has announced that it will be reinstating the banned book And Tango Makes Three so long as minor edits to the book’s content are made. Tu Shu Guan, a spokesperson for the NLB, said: “In the spirit of compromise, we have decided to reinstate the book And Tango Makes Three to the shelves of all public libraries, but in order to ensure that the NLB’s pro-family stance is maintained, we will require that breasts be drawn on one of the two parent penguins.”

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EX-GOVERNMENT SCHOLAR: I CAN NO LONGER DEFEND THE PAP GOVERNMENT

For most of my life and career, I have defended the government and the civil service. Even today, I will defend some of my friends within the NLB, whom I know did not agree with the final decision, but had no choice but to comply with the line taken by senior management. But this, I have found, is truly indefensible. This government I have defended, even when I did not agree with its policies and actions, has crossed a red line. It has lost my vote today, but worst of all, I think it has lost my faith.

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SINGLE MOTHER: NLB BOOK CENSORSHIP LEADS TO INTOLERANCE & BIGOTRY

My daughter and I have a very close relationship. Even though there are only two of us, we are bonded in love and kinship and we are a real family. Together with many friends I know who are single parents, adopted parents, blended-family parents, homosexual men and women, we are real, and we live alongside other Singaporeans from traditional men-woman union, making the same contribution to our country. By removing books not conforming to the prescribed family model, I fear that we are creating an artifical reality for our young children. I fear that my daughter is denied the opportunity to learn the diversity of families and that she will grow to doubt her value as an individual.

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LOCAL WRITERS BOYCOTT NLB-SPONSORED EVENTS OVER BAN ON GAY CHILDRENS BOOK

I have deliberated long and hard and concluded that I could not, in good conscience, grace this year's festival. My presence would have been the symbolic one of a writer. And there was no way I could attend this event without it being misperceived by many that I stood apart from my fellow writers and approved of NLB's action against alleged controversial books. And there was no way I could defend myself or clarify the festival's aims fast enough once the suggestion had been made.

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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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