01 May '12, 9am
imp-225 Lee Hsien Loong's answer to the gay question at the FCA
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave a short speech at a luncheon organised by the Foreign Correspondents Association on 6 October 2005. During the Question and Answer session, journalist Jake Smith of Time magazine asked Lee about his government's stance on gays and lesbians. This Q&A session was broadcast over Channel NewsAsia on Friday 7 October 2005 and Roy Tan recorded it. Later, he transcribed Smith's question and Lee's answer. Here it is: Jake Smith: You talked in your opening remarks about an inclusive society. Could you discuss at some greater length your attitude toward homosexuals and the gay community? I remember that your predecessor described them in an interview as "people like you and me". Is that how you feel? Would you like to see a gay cabinet minister at some stage? Or is that perhaps a step too far? (*Lee Hsien Loong gives a cackle just like his father'...