SINGAPORE — Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and his wife Suet Fern attended this year’s Pink Dot Singapore (SG) event on Saturday (29 June) along with their newly married son Li Huanwu and his husband Heng Yirui.
Heng’s parents were also with the Lees at the annual event at Hong Lim Park, held in support of Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
Their attendance at the LGBTQ community’s most high profile event of the year came just slightly over a month after Li and Heng married in South Africa in the presence of their family members.
The couple had sent photos of their 24 May wedding to Pink Dot SG, which posted them on its Instagram page the following day. Attached with the photos were their statement saying, “Today would have been unimaginable to us growing up. We are overjoyed to share this occasion in the glowing company of friends and family.”
The theme of this year’s Pink Dot is focused on taking a firm stand against discrimination.
On Thursday, the organiser of Pink Dot Singapore said in a statement that it disagreed with comments by PM Lee about inclusiveness in Singapore.
Replying to a question at an event on Wednesday, PM Lee said, “You know our rules in Singapore. Whatever your sexual orientation, you are welcome to come and work in Singapore. But this has not inhibited people from living, and has not stopped Pink Dot from having a gathering every year.”
In response to PM Lee’s comments, Pink Dot SG said, “Judging from PM Lee’s response, he might not have a full understanding of the discrimination that takes place in Singapore...We invite PM Lee and our leaders to come down to Hong Lim Park this Saturday and truly make an effort to understand what the LGBTQ community go through on a daily basis.”
PM Lee is in Osaka, Japan for the 14th G20 Leaders’ Summit from 27-30 June.