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The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) supports LGBT equality in Singapore and is against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression[[1]]. It also supports the repeal of Section 377A, making its stand clear on its website since 2007[2].

However, one of its Malay-Muslim candidates running in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC during the 2015 General Elections, Damanhuri Bin Abas thinks that Section 377A should not be repealed.

For LGBT equality

Chee Soon Juan

Dr. Chee Soon Juan, leader of the Singapore Democratic Party, has accepted People Like Us' (PLU) invitation to several IndigNation events where he has spoken up for LGBT equality. He has also attended Pink Dot SG with his wife and children.

During the IndigNation 2006 event entitled, "The 2006 General Election and the Gay Issue" held at Theatreworks' 72-13 along Mohamed Sultan Road on 1 August 2006 at 7:30pm, Chee made the following speech in support of LGBT equality.

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Chee Soon Juan's speech in support of LGBT equality during IndigNation 2006


Chee also made a speech in support of fellow SDP candidate, Vincent Wijeysingha, during the 2011 General Elections, saying that his party does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

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Chee Soon Juan SDP does not discriminate on basis of sexual orientation


Dr. Chee Soon Juan and his family at Pink Dot 2011. (Source of photo: [3])

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In response to a joint letter signed by 7 members of the LGBT community several months before the 2011 General Elections querying Singapore's political parties' views on various issues of concern to the community (see main article: Singapore political parties’ positions on LGBT concerns – General election 2011), Chee sent an e-mail reply on 2 November 2010:

"Rather than respond to the questionnaire, the Singapore Democratic Party would like to reiterate its stand:

We support the repeal of Section 377A. We made our stand clear in 2007 here [4] and defended it here [5]. We have embedded in our website the following statement: “As a nation, we must not only show tolerance but also acceptance of our fellow citizens regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or political persuasion.” (see here [6]).

Thank you.

Chee Soon Juan

Secretary-General

Singapore Democratic Party"

Paul Tambyah

On 18 August 2015, Inconvenient Questions interviewed Prof. Paul Anantharajah Tambyah, an infectious disease expert and first-time candidate under the SDP for the 2011 General Elections, regarding his views on Section 377A amongst other issues. Prof. Tambyah was firmly in support of repealing 377A.

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SDP's Paul Tambyah 377A should be repealed


Transcript:

"In terms of 377A, the SDP has been very clear about this - that 377A should be repealed. And again, this is in line with the idea that there should be equality for all Singaporeans. We also don't believe that it makes sense to keep a law on the books if you have decided you are not going to enforce the law. So there has to be consistency in order for rule of law to be practised in Singapore."

Against LGBT equality

Damanhuri Bin Abas

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One of the SDP's Malay-Muslim candidates running in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC during the 2015 General Elections, Damanhuri Bin Abas thinks that Section 377A should not be repealed. He even had a hand in drafting the Fellowship of Muslim Students Association (FMSA) statement supporting NUS professor Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied when he dehumanised lesbians by describing them as ‘diseases’ and ‘cancers’ of society[7],[8].

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He contradicts himself by saying that he believes in a society where everyone is treated as equals and is against the discrimination of Hijabi Muslimahs and Malay-Muslims in the military while, at the same time, supporting the criminalisation of gay Singaporeans.

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