Lee Hsien Yang’s son, Li Huanwu (pictured above, left), has urged the LGBT community to attend Pink Dot 2017 and stand up for themselves.
He said that this is a “moral duty” and that they cannot expect others to battle on their behalf.
Li also called on straight men and women who support the LGBT community, aka “straight allies”, to attend the annual Pink Dot event.
“For the LGBT community, it is but a dream to share in the same human dignities as you, to live full and proper lives. Your support is needed to live that dream. Please stand with us.”
Unfortunately for Li, his daddy Lee Hsien Yang might not be attending the event as he is believed to still be in Hong Kong.
Lee has said that he is there to visit friends, though just weeks before he said that he feels threatened by Big Bro Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the Lee Family Feud escalates into a bitter public exchange.
Pink Dot 2017 is being held today at Hong Lim Park from 5pm.
This year’s event has drawn controversy after the government mandated that no foreigners be allowed to attend the event, and that the event space be barricaded for “security reasons”.
This comes after more controversy in Pink Dot 2016, where the government banned foreign entities from sponsoring the event.
This is Li Huanwu’s Facebook post, reproduced in full:
“Dear Singaporean / PR friends,
It has been a difficult year for Pink Dot, which faced many challenges that seemed insurmountable at the outset. Nevertheless, the organizers appear to have acquired a knack for doing the impossible and the event will go on today.
If you are a straight ally, I implore you to come stand in solidarity. For the LGBT community, it is but a dream to share in the same human dignities as you, to live full and proper lives. Your support is needed to live that dream. Please stand with us.
If you’re a closeted member of the LGBT community, I also urge you to come. I hope that you will look past the security barricades and ID checks and see — if only for an afternoon — that there is more to life than the darkness of the closet, that there are people out there who care.
Finally, If you’re an out member of the LGBT community, you have a moral responsibility to come. If you do not stand up yourself, you cannot expect others to fight for you. This is your moral duty.
PS: there is still time to get pink clothes for the event. H&M and Topman should have a fair selection left, and Uniqlo stocks pink dry-fit polos.
(note: slight edits for word choice).”