Tag: NLB

Is MDA’s censorship practice outmoded and archaic?

Officers of Media Development Authority (MDA) do not expect the public to agree with their decision, said Minister of communication and information Dr.Yaacob Ibrahim. He also added that public disagreement on a decision on classifying content is a good indication of MDA striking a...

Yaacob said norms. But what are norms?

By Tommy Wong Referring to the recent NLB's decision to pull three children's books out of the National Library, Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim defended NLB's decision by explaining that it was based on "community norms". This explanation poses an interesting question:”What are community...

NLB saga: Looking beyond the liberal/conservative divide

By Cherian George Some will see it as a victory for a vocal minority of liberals. Others will declare it a conservative triumph. Perhaps, though, it was never about where the government landed on the left-right spectrum. What was really at stake were the principles...

“We could not, in good conscience, continue as judges”

Those were the exact words from the three judges of this year’s Singapore Literature Prize (non-fiction category). They have all resigned, in response to the National Library Board’s decision to pulp three children’s books. A joint statement from the trio was released today. They said that “they...

Larger point about NLB’s book ban

By Tan Bah Bah So all this talk about inclusiveness has flown out the window, like the swans and penguins in the discarded three-part series that the National Library Board wants to guard our poor children against. The idea of lesbians adopting and raising these swans...

Invisible Pulp: The Books We Will Never Know Were Banned

By Simon Vincent I was among those concerned people who wrote in to NLB to protest its decision to ban the books And Tango Makes Three and The White Swan Express. Only a day after sending my letter, I read that the books were to be...

Single parent’s open letter to Yaacob Ibrahim

In a Facebook post, Jaxe Pan commented on NLB’s decision to pulp three children’s books which have LGBT-friendly stories. The single mum wrote on Friday: “It’s okay that you are not like us… but please do not remove our stories, and pretend we do...

Exposed: NLB’s communications failure

An email response to a member of the public has now become a full-blown communication crisis for the National Library Board with junior officers groping for answers at a media briefing yesterday. It was the email response from Tay Ai Cheng, NLB’s assistant chief executive...

Is it possible to be pro-family and not anti-LGBT?

By Lim Wee Kiat The topic of the day is the quiet removal of children’s books that are deemed not to be “pro-family” by the National Library Board. From the looks of it, there was no consultation with broad sectors of society. Neither has it...

NLB removes two children’s books after complaint by anti-LGBT group

The National Library Board took two children’s books considered to be LGBT friendly off  its shelves today. They are Tango Makes Three and White Swan Express. This comes after a complaint by Teo Kai Loon, a member of a Facebook group called We Are Against Pink...