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HPB homosexuality FAQs remain online amid debate

A Health Promotion Board (HPB) online brochure on homosexuality has sparked debate on social media. It has led to an MP to file a parliamentary question asking the Health Ministry to clarify its stand on the matter when Parliament sits on February 17.

SINGAPORE: A Health Promotion Board (HPB) online brochure on homosexuality has sparked debate on social media.

It has led to an MP to file a parliamentary question asking the Health Ministry to clarify its stand on the matter when Parliament sits on February 17.

The list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about homosexuality in the brochure was first posted in November 2013, but only recently went viral.

A petition started on Monday, saying the page had a "pro-homosexuality stance", and asking the Health Ministry to review it.

A counter-petition sprung up the next day, supporting HPB.

It also said several links to gay and lesbian support groups originally on the page had been removed, and asked HPB to restore them.

Both petitions have since collected more than 3,000 signatures.

Faith Community Baptist Church Pastor Lawrence Khong posted a seven-page response, saying the page gave the impression that the Health Promotion Board promoted homosexuality.

Mountbatten GRC MP Lim Biow Chuan said he was "utterly disappointed" with the HPB statement, which he said went against government policy.

Channel NewsAsia understands there are no plans to take the page offline for now.

In a written reply to Channel NewsAsia, HPB said it noted feedback from various parties, and will consider relevant inputs to improve its communications and better reach out to Singaporeans in its health promotion educational materials.

It also reiterated that the family remains the basic building block of Singapore society, and HPB takes reference from the government line in its health promotion activities. 

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