Extramarital dating website CEO 'disappointed' by MDA's ban

Chief executive Noel Biderman, responding to queries from The Straits Times on Saturday said: "Contrary to what has been stated by the MDA, AshleyMadison.com does not aggressively promote extra-marital affairs... We provide a platform and social network for like-minded adults that cannibalises an already existing behaviour pattern."

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It was reported on Friday evening by The Straits Times that MDA had banned extra-marital dating website Ashley Madison, deeming its content objectionable.

On Friday morning, My Paper carried a report from The Straits Times that the extramarital dating website was set to launch a Singapore edition this month despite widespread objections.

Earlier media reports had said that the website was planning a Singapore launch early next year.

The Canada-based website has over 21 million users worldwide. Its slogan: "Life is short. Have an affair."

Ashley Madison has already expanded to other Asian countries and territories such as Japan, and, more recently, Hong Kong in August.

Its foray into Hong Kong, where divorce cases hit a record high of 21,125 last year, was met with controversy as religious and family-planning groups criticised the website.

Singapore's Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing also strongly opposed the launch of the website in Singapore.

In a Facebook post two weeks ago, he wrote:

"I do not welcome such a website into Singapore. I'm against any company or website that harms marriage.

"Promoting infidelity undermines trust and commitment between a husband and wife, which are core to marriage. Our marriage vows make it clear that marriage is a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. This includes staying faithful to one another.