On Tuesday this week, Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam, addressed queries about Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex between men, at a closed-door briefing for church leaders in Saint Andrew’s Cathedral.  At the beginning, before the Minister arrived, a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) representative briefed us how the Government set up a special committee two years ago to review aspects of the penal code which are outdated, especially those concerning children, youths and the socially vulnerable groups, in order to provide them with greater protection.


When Minister K Shanmugam took the stage, he clarified that 377A is not part of the current review and it will be retained for now.  In fact, the majority oppose any change to 377A, based on existing moral and social values as well as the negative impact it would have on the fabric of society.  And, the Minister stands ready to defend this Government’s position of keeping 377A.


Thank God that our Government is wise, holds a clear position and considers the people’s interest, and we are not to take this for granted, for this is a result of us playing our part as responsible citizens to build a harmonious and stable society.


As citizens, we have to collaborate with our Government, and furthermore, homosexuality is against God’s Word, and hence we do have to take a firm stand on the issue.


Rev Herman Kan