Replying to questions on this change on Sat (Oct 12), Law Minister K. Shanmugam said in a Facebook post that this was because “everyone should feel safe in Singapore… no one should threaten someone because they were LGBTQ”.
At the same time, the MRHA will also expressly make it an offence for a person to urge violence against someone else in the belief that that person is a member of a religious group. This is because, as Shanmugam put it, “urging force or violence against the LGBTQ community on the basis of religion is an offence; and likewise it also says that if the LGBTQ community (for example) were to target a religious group in the same way, that will also be an offence.” In other words, “[t]he law is the same for all”.
Members of the LGBTQ community have described the MRHA’s explicit protection of LGBTQ individuals as “momentous and significant”. What do you think? 🏳️🌈 #SingaporeLegalAdvice