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Dr Balakrishnan fires another salvo at SDP

He and his team wants Dr Wijeysingha to explain if SDP will be contesting on gay cause in the political arena. -AsiaOne

Mon, Apr 25, 2011

A YouTube video which purportedly raises questions about the agenda and motivations of the SDP and its candidates has been brought to the forefront by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and his Holland-Bukit Timah GRC team.

In a statement that was sent out to the press yesterday evening, the PAP team for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC wanted Dr Vincent Wijeysingha to explain if he will pursue the gay cause in the political arena.

Below is Dr Balakrishnan and his team's statement:

What is his agenda?

A video has been posted on the internet showing Vincent Wijeysingha participating at a forum which discussed the promotion of the gay cause in Singapore.

The discussion at the forum also touched on sex with boys and whether the age of consent for boys should be 14 years of age.

In the video, Wijeysingha was introduced as being from the SDP.

In addition to other comments, Wijeysingha stated: 'I think the gay community has to rally ourselves. Perhaps one outcome of today’s forum would be, for those of us who are interested, to come together to further consider how we can address the 377 issue as well as further rights issues in relation to gays and lesbians.'

We believe that candidates should be upfront about their political agenda and motives, so that voters are able to make an informed choice.

The issue is not Wijeysingha’s sexual orientation. That is a matter for him.

The video raises the question on whether Wijeysingha will now pursue this cause in the political arena and what is the SDP's position on the matter.

Vivian Balakrishnan
Liang Eng Hwa
Christopher de Souza
Sim Ann

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