Parliamentary debate on Section 377A, part 1: the prayer

Source: Parliamentary Reports

22 October 2007

PETITION

Mr Speaker: Order. The Nominated Member, Mr Siew Kum Hong, wishes to present a Petition. Mr Siew.

Mr Siew Kum Hong (Nominated Member): Mr Speaker, Sir, I present to Parliament a Petition under Standing Order No. 18. The Clerk has endorsed this Petition as being in accordance with the rules of Standing Order No. 18(5).
This Petition is presented on behalf on Mr George Bonaventure Hwang Chor Chee, Dr Stuart Koe Chi Yeow, Ms Tan Joo Hymn, and others of like opinion. Including the three petitioners that I have named, there are a total of 2,341 valid signatures.

Sir, the material allegations contained in the Petition concern the unconstitutionality of section 377A of the Penal Code. If and when the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill is passed, private consensual anal and oral sex between heterosexual adults will be permitted, but the same private and consensual acts between men will remain criminalised, due to the retention of section 377A.

The petitioners argue that this is an unconstitutional derogation from the constitutional guarantee of equality and equal protection of the law as set out in Article 12(1) of the Constitution. The petitioners ask this House to repeal section 377A in light of this.

The petitioners pray, and I quote:

“By this Petition, the Undersigned pray that Section 377A of the Penal Code (Cap. 224) be repealed.”

I will now hand the Petition* to the Clerk.

Petition handed to the Clerk of Parliament.

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