#TRYAGAIN? PROFESSOR TOMMY KOH REIGNITES NATIONAL DEBATE OVER SECTION 377A

Written by Lune Loh

In the wake of India’s historic Supreme Court ruling to decriminalise consensual gay sex, Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large Professor Tommy Koh commented on Facebook on 6th September that he “…would encourage our gay community to bring a class action to challenge the constitutionality of Section 377A”. When reminded of previous constitutional challenges, he replied, “Try again”.

On 7th September, Chief of Government Communications Janadas Devan concurred with Prof. Koh in a Facebook post, saying “377A is a bad law; it is bad law”.

In an interview with Law and Home affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on 8th September, he maintained that “The majority oppose to any change to section 377A” and “A minority… want it to be repealed. The Government is in the middle”.

Since then, petitions in favor of 377A and against have simultaneously erupted online. As of now (Sep 10), they have each gathered 87,000 and 20,000 signatories respectively.

Lune is a core member of /S@BER (/Stop @ Bad End Rhymes), a Singaporean writing collective, and is currently an Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. Her works have been published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, 聲韻詩刊 Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine, Math Paper Press' SingPoWriMo 2017 & SingPoWriMo 2018 and Squircle Line Press' Anima Methodi anthology. She has also been featured at Singaporean LGBTQ+ pride events such as Contradiction XIII and TransIt 2. Find her waxing at lune.city.

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