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Straits Times covers DBS’ charity Flak-Up

Finally it’s reached print media. Yes, I know a lot of people will have issues with the article (I’m sure more than 10 people complained!) and what about the feedback from students & teachers offended by FOTF ‘educational’ school talks?

But I’m happy–

DBS “will still be contributing to the building of the children’s learning centre” a DBS spokesman is quoted as saying in the article. Yes, expected that.

BUT the spokesman adds “Going forward, we will be conducting more extensive background checks

ie. they are not likely to repeat this mistake/misstep/mess up!

I also liked the comment from the Focus on the Family Singapore president Joanna Koh-Hoe:

“We are deeply concerned that a small group of activists has successfully intimidated a major financial institution like DBS in such an unwarranted fashion that maligns a well-intended collaboration for the cause of children and families”

(aside: who is Joanna Koh-Hoe? She who has been quoted as saying “Homosexuality in any religion, not only Christianity, is a sin, and morally it is wrong.”, “It is just human logic. Nature won’t put a man and a man together and then they have kids,” “certain basic values should be homogenised” and “there should be a need for governing guidelines” so that the institution of the family is maintained.)

Notice how she has adroitly represents individual customers writing in as ‘a small group of activitists’. Was there a any group of activists? If so I was not aware of it. I was upset and put off by DBS linking up with Focus on the Family & wrote about it–others who felt the same way wrote too. It sounds to me more like a grassroots response, spontaneously generated. But Joanna K-H talks about ‘successful intimidation’ as though we were carrying placards & bombs outside DBS hq.

But then that’s Focus on the Family works. In the blog link above I read how because a student questioned the Singaporean group adopting ‘cut-and-paste’ style the hatred of homosexuals of  their ‘parent’ organisation he was told “you must be one of them”.

Group pressure–& whether or not you are ‘one of them’ you better say you hate them too or you Will be classified as one of them!

And notice that Joanna K-H never denies being anti-gay, anti-abortion, pro-abstinence (in FOTF-Singapore terms this is not just not-doing it yourself. It’s denying information, contraception & protection to everyone else whether or not they see things your way.) She just blows out big words & tries to scare people with big undefined threats… much like FOTF as a whole works!

And we didn’t ‘successfully intimidate’ DBS at all. We (individuals acting in response as we learned of the promo) just made them aware of the true nature of Focus on the Family & they backed down gracefully. No more publicity but they would donate as agreed to the children’s home.

I think kudos to DBS for that!

10 Responses

  1. “Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
    “Yes,”said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
    “And he has Brain.”
    “Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
    There was a long silence.
    “I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”

  2. Joanna Koh-Hoe has also given a sermon in a non-denominational church here.

    At least one other board member of FOTF has also openly given sermons and workshops in churches and theological colleges in Malaysia and Indonesia, in his capacity as an FOTF leader.

  3. Hmm… so nice of you to think that i’ll be upset! Wanna introduce a nice lad to me?? *winks*

  4. Hi Thingso–don’t think we should slime the whole Christian Right (though must admit I feel much the same way as you especially after reading their publications)

    and–thank you to you too–for taking trouble to post here. Don’t get too upset okay?

  5. Though thanks for doing the fight!

    Remember to make it a good show!

  6. Over?


    It’s not over until DBS stops donating to FOtF altogether. The Christian Right is just a bunch of bastard Christians.

  7. Well yes–i am happy with what I read once i thought it over.

    Thingso, I don’t understand (neither language nor intent) the rest of your comments–sounds like you’re just trying to sound clever by being cynical.

  8. Your excitement merely shows that you just might be one of those trying to make the SG social process seem more legitimate.

  9. In the form of the press’ ranking. And the word “activist” would’ve hardly been mentioned or used as a word in SG years ago. So having the article is also good PR for Singapore’s attempt at democracy. Co-option lends a continuation of power in the hands of the status quo groups. Common sense.

  10. You believe the press is on your side ah? *shakes head* It’s probably just a PR exercise for the press.

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