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Monday with the Editor: A censorship taboo is broken
Festival Day today! The Chinese have
been making these meat dumplings the past few
days. Today, the 5th day in the 5th month of the
Lunar Calendar, they will pray and offer them to
the gods and thereafter enjoy a delicious meal
of dumplings (bachang). Those who can't make
them (because of bereavement in the family or
because they simply don't know how to make) can
get them at local stores - price S$2.50 each!
The dumplings usually cost only S$1.20 each.
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holidays are over! Today marks the first day of the second
semester and students lug their schoolbags back to school
after a whole month of R&R.
Actually, today I wish to speak on a slightly sensitive
matter - sensitive because from the day I was born till
about a week ago, 19 Jun 2001 to be exact, I had not been
privy to any form of sex education on TV here in
I thought, a taboo subject here. But, last Tuesday, at
about 8 o' clock, I was sitting down to my regular dose of
typically predictable fare of local Mandarin dramas - this
one was Apple Pie, a series for school children. Something
happened that made me sit up!
was a classroom scene in which a teacher was giving a
lesson on sex education to his class of lower secondary
school students. He played a tape as he taught. A recorded
voice came on the air in the classroom to brief the
students on the subject. What made my jaws open wide was
the part where the recorded voice asked, "Do you want
a bigger penis?" It then went on to tell the students
to "stop worrying about the size of your penis." And there's more of such
things in this episode.
not know whether you were affected by what I just wrote
here, but to me it was indeed a watershed in the history
of censorship here.
Government has been giving more leeway in the area of
censorship in the face of the changing times. This, I
think is the first time that a local TV programme which
targets young Singaporeans has been allowed such leeway.
Perhaps, this is good for all of us - parents and students
altogether. We parents shy away from telling our children
about the birds and the bees and hope the time will never
come when we have to tell them. Ask me why and my answer
is this - it's been like this all along. When I was a
teenager, I got the idea this was a taboo subject - the
school didn't have sex education in its syllabus and my
parents certainly never brought it up. But I managed to
grow up without needing such lessons. This year, however,
secondary school students have an opportunity to learn
about sex education at school as it is now in the school
curriculum. Students nowadays mature earlier than we did
when we were their age, and it is timely that such lessons
are conducted to prepare them for a difficult period in
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