People Like Us urges all Singaporeans to take a bit of trouble to find out what each party and what each candidate contesting in your constituency stand for, and to cast your vote wisely.
No doubt it is hard for any person to reduce a multitude of concerns to a single vote choice. Undeniably, bread and butter concerns, e.g. employment, income security, housing, healthcare, cost of living, will carry considerable weight in our decision-making.
But elections are not just about deciding which leader or government we want to shower us with material comfort; it’s also about playing a part in the making and remaking of our state and society — the quality of political debate and the vigour of important institutions.
At the same time, elections are also about making known our values and ideals. Perhaps, on your part, justice and equality — represented by two of the five stars on the Singapore flag — are among them. If so, then let your vote choice reflect them too, sending a message of non-discrimination and inclusiveness, and doing your part to create a better society that respects these moral values, so that
- families stay whole and loving despite the diversity they contain
- all Singaporeans are accorded fair opportunities to fulfill their aspirations
- as a nation, we draw strength and creativity from the interplay among our multi-hued differences.
Please do your part this coming general election.
People Like Us was represented by Alex Au at an informal briefing on the final guidance to the UN Human Rights Council on the Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework and other topics related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Human Rights. The briefing was organised by the Foreign Ministry and given by the Special Adviser to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) on Business and Human Rights Mr Gerald Pachoud and Legal Adviser to the SRSG Ms Vanessa Zimmerman, and held on 19 March 2011 at the Foreign Ministry.
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The Singapore government’s National Report for the upcoming 2011 Universal Periodic Review totally ignores the issues raised by People Like Us on our UPR submission, a copy of which was given to a representative of the Foreign Ministry at a forum in October 2010. The National Report does not even mention sexual orientation, let alone discuss efforts to address discrimination against LGBT persons.
With a general election expected in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2011, seven members of the LGBT community in Singapore sent a joint letter to six political parties requesting a clarification of their position on selected issues of interest to LGBT Singaporeans. The letter was sent in mid-September 2010 with reply requested for end-October 2010. The aim was to provide information to LGBT voters as to the stands taken by various political parties.
The seven signatories were: Russell Heng, Jean Chong, Sylvia Tan, Choo Lip Sin, Irene Oh, Alex Au and Alan Seah.
The same letter was sent to (in alphabetical order) the National Solidarity Party, the People’s Action Party, the Reform Party, the Singapore Democratic Alliance, the Singapore Democratic Party and the Workers’ Party. The parties were informed that their replies would be released to the LGBT public.
Singapore Press Holdings recently launched a book containing interviews with Lee Kuan Yew titled Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going. In there are several references to homosexuality — an issue that has become a staple in our socio-political discourse and in fact a litmus test of Singapore’s maturity and secularism.
For the record, archived here are the passages touching on sexual orientation.