Singapore is Getting Worse

Singapore is a place that I once thought I would be able to live.  Of course, I should qualify that and say that whenever Doug and I go on vacation and we both love the place, I think I can live there.  Take Paris for example–I absolutely loved it, but I can’t tell you exactly why because I don’t know the reason.  It just felt right.  Singapore is not on that level, but I could live there for a bit.  It is a bit small, but beautiful and the people were friendly.  Were stayed there for three days on our way back to Australia from Europe a couple of years ago.  The other day I talked about how the government is cracking down on gays and lesbians and this is mostly because the government is considering de-criminalizing homosexuality.  I see from 365gay.com that this crackdown is continuing.  They had originally given a permit to allow a gay pride picnic and fun run to be held in a park, but the police have decided to take the permit away.  And today the Straits Times has an editorial called "Beware of the High Risk Gay Lifestyle" by a Dr. Alan Chin Yew Liang (I have underlined and bolded):

IN THE article, ‘Most with Aids virus don’t know they have it’ (ST, July 18), Senior Minister of State Balaji Sadasivan announced that a study of 3,000 blood samples in government hospitals showed that 1 in 350 samples was positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes Aids. The male to female ratio of these cases was 15:1.

What conclusions can we draw?

The 15:1 ratio means that the HIV epidemic is still confined mainly to the high-risk groups (concentrated epidemic) and has not spread to the general population (generalised epidemic). If it were already in the general population, the ratio would be much closer to 1:1.

Therefore we still have time to do something before the situation gets worse.

Who constitutes these high-risk groups?

Data released by the Ministry of Health on HIV last year showed two groups of men were responsible for approximately 83 per cent of HIV cases.

53 per cent of the cases were men who contracted HIV via unprotected high-risk heterosexual sex. This group was infected overseas or by local unlicensed prostitutes; our licensed prostitutes are screened for HIV.

30 per cent of the cases comprised men having sex with men (MSM). Based on the prevalence of 2.8 per cent of men being homosexual or bisexual, there are about 67,000 men in Singapore who engage in MSM.

I highlight this second high-risk group as it is a matter of public interest and concern, given the ongoing debate on the review of the Penal Code relating to Section 377A.

Extrapolating from the infection rate of 1 in 350 and 15:1 ratio of males to females, the conclusion is that among men who indulge in MSM, about one in 20 has HIV and does not know it.

This means that someone who indulges in MSM and has 20 sexual partners would have exposed himself to HIV.

A survey conducted in the United States has shown that 75 per cent of homosexual men have more than 100 sexual partners and 28 per cent of them have more than 1,000 partners.

I feel that not enough has been done to warn our youth that leading a ‘gay lifestyle’ is not cool. On the contrary, it is very unhealthy. There is a very high risk of contracting not only HIV but also a slew of other sexually transmitted diseases.

Dr Alan Chin Yew Liang

ONE IN 20 HAS HIV

Extrapolating from the infection rate of 1 in 350 and 15:1 ratio of males to females, among men who indulge in MSM, about one in 20 has HIV and does not know it.

Now I don’t know about you, but there is something fishy here going on.  So out of this group, 53% who had HIV were heterosexuals which is blamed on getting it overseas and on unlicensed prostitutes.  I see this doctor can’t stand the thought that heterosexuals could get it from the homeland or from someone other than illegal prostitutes.  I wonder where he gets this ‘fact’ from?   The Dr. then states that 30% who had HIV were homosexual and bisexual men.  So there are 23% more heterosexuals than homosexuals who have HIV in Singapore, but the good dr. doesn’t want to focus on the heterosexuals, only the homosexuals.  Am I reading this correct?  He has the nerve to state that the gay lifestyle is ‘not cool’ and ‘unhealthy’ but has nothing, absolutely nothing to say about the majority of people who have HIV–the heterosexuals! 

This study (which he conveniently doesn’t cite) I can’t find. Hopefully someone else can find it. 

If this isn’t a clear case of homohatred and clear bigotry against gays and lesbians, then I don’t know what is.  How about if the good dr. warns people about the heterosexual lifestyle and that it is unhealthy?  How about if the dr. calls for making it illegal to have heterosexual sex?  I figure he wouldn’t dare do that.  It also seems strange that they have criminalized homosexuality, but have legal prostitutes. 

Anyway, this is what is happening in Singapore.  And even DL Foster wants to get into the act.  Someone named Vincent Chia posted this a couple of days ago on DL Foster’s post wondering if gay Christianity was a cult:

Vincent Chia Says:
August 5th, 2007 at 7:36 am

As the Church progressively acquiesces to the liberal, albeit sinful, view that homosexuality is an acceptable option, I find your ministry timely and needful. Singapore is now considering the repeal of its criminal law against homosexual acts. Is it surprising to see numerous “Christian” theologians fighting for the gay “cause?”

DL Responds:

gcmwatch Says:
August 5th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Vincent thanks, there was a void and it needed to be filled. The proliferation and advancement of homosexual affirming theology through the door of liberalism should alarm every Christian and get us back on the wall and on our faces.

If there are any instances of gay theology popping up in Singapore please drop us a note.

Vincent Chia, in his own blog, is actively against decriminalizing homosexuality, which is why Singapore is getting tough on gays and lesbians.  Maybe DL is hoping that he will get a trip to Singapore or better yet, get some money.  Who really knows.

 

In case you were wondering, here is the law in Singapore that they are thinking of getting rid of (and not surprisingly, the history of this law comes from the British!):

Unnatural offences.

Unnatural offences.
377. Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animals, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Explanation.

Penetration is sufficient to constitute the carnal intercourse necessary to the offence described in this section.

Outrages on decency.
377A. Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.

 

By the way, here is the punishment for heterosexual rape:

Punishment for rape.
376. —(1) Subject to subsection (2), whoever commits rape shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 20 years, and shall also be liable to fine or to caning.

23/84.

(2) Whoever, in order to commit or to facilitate the commission of an offence of rape against any woman —

(a) voluntarily causes hurt to her or to any other person; or

(b) puts her in fear of death or hurt to herself or any other person,

and whoever commits rape by having sexual intercourse with a woman under 14 years of age without her consent, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than 8 years and not more than 20 years and shall also be punished with caning with not less than 12 strokes.

 

So consensual homosexual sex can be punishable up to life in prison or ten years, but a person who commits rape can have up to 20 years, or who rapes a girl under the age of 14, not less than 8 and no more than 20.  I can see why some are pushing to have consensual gay sex decriminalized.

 

Anyway, that is the bad part about Singapore, which I have to say I saw none of when we were there.  Everyone was very friendly.  It was beautiful.  There was at least one very open gay bar right in Chinatown.  The weather was amazing.  They have a great botanical garden and we arrived about a week too early to catch the orchid festival.  Here are some pictures of the orchids we did manage to see:

Orchid Gardens Singapore 1

Orchid Gardens Singapore 2

Orchid Gardens Singapore 4

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