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    Feb 06, 2014

    Sexuality FAQs spark rival petitions

    A SECTION on sexuality on the website of the Health Promotion Board (HPB) continues to divide opinion, with those on both sides of the fence initiating their own petitions.

    The section, which carries frequently asked questions (FAQs) on sexuality - with many focusing on homosexuality - has gone viral.

    HPB says it provides factual information from a public-health perspective.

    On Monday, a petition urging Health Minister Gan Kim Yong to review the FAQs was set up by an individual named Aaron.

    Calling the article "questionable and objectionable", the petition asserts that the HPB has presented "unverifiable, pro-homosexuality, one-sided answers to the questions".

    "(This) is not just an irresponsible act, but also a misuse of their public-service position, platform and a blatant betrayal of public trust," the petition adds.

    As of press time, it had garnered over 1,500 signatures.

    It sparked a counter-petition the following day, set up by Ms Melissa Tsang, 20, urging Mr Gan to ignore the "ridiculously misinformed and regretfully bigoted petition".

    Ms Tsang's petition also urged the HPB to restore the original version of the article, which was edited to omit references to groups like counselling agency Oogachaga and support group SAFE Singapore.

    It garnered over 1,000 signatures by press time.