No need to junk family values to get creative

This was published in today’s Straits Times with no edits:

Forum Editor
The Straits Times

Dear Sir,

I refer to the letter, “Get S’pore creative? Action speaks louder than words” (ST, Nov 24).

Mr John Rachmat argued that “fostering creativity can succeed only when (the Media Development Authority) does not reach for its censorship scissors the moment it sees anything remotely offensive to the sexual mores of the supposedly conservative Singaporean society”.

He further wrote that “Singapore has to decide whether it wishes to join the 21st century, or whether it wishes to cling to ‘traditional values’.”

I disagree with Mr Rachmat’s conflation of creativity and sexual liberalism.

Critics of Singapore’s moral censorship policy seem to find it rather fashionable to argue that it inhibits creativity. Nothing could be further from the truth. On the contrary, removing the weeds in the garden could help the truly beautiful flowers to grow and bloom.

Furthermore, I don’t see why Singapore cannot enter the 21st century while still upholding the traditional family values which have served our society so well.

Yours sincerely,
Gerald Giam

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

3 thoughts on “No need to junk family values to get creative”

  1. Agree that in our bid to be creative, there is no need to ditch family values aside. Perhaps a good example will be Disney, which is known for its family entertainment yet no one can claim that they are not creative.

    Perhaps there is a need to educate the public that creativity does not equate to liberalism of family values.

  2. Well, for Disney I think it’s plain good business. They manage to capture the maximum market share by appealing to people from all levels of society and persuasions.

  3. Hi Gerald,

    Exactly!!! We do not need to go into sexual liberalism and other form of alternative lifestyle to ensure that we get creative and benefit economically and socially!

    If Disney can provide entertainment, cater to the masses, be profitable and still be creative, why not Singapore.

    Our young, english educated youth will need to differentiate what constitutes human rights, creativity and liberalism.

    Often, these phrase are used so cheaply its as though in the thesarus they are one and the same.

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