Singapore: NLB refuses to reinstate pulled books; playwright-novelist Ovidia Yu resigns from SWF committee

The three controversial titles will be pulped in accordance to library policy for withdrawn books, the National Library Board said on Thursday (July 10): Channel News Asia

PenguinThe National Library Board (NLB) on Thursday (July 10) said that the three titles it had withdrawn, which were reported to have content that was not pro-family, will not be reinstated.

The three book titles are: And Tango Makes Three, The White Swan Express, and Who’s In My Family. NLB’s decision to stick with its original action came despite two petitions that surfaced online, and feedback from members of the public.

In a press conference held on Thursday, the Assistant Director of Public Library Services, Ms Jasna Dhansukhlal, said the NLB appreciates all feedback, but the books will not be put back. The books will be pulped in accordance to NLB’s policy for books that are withdrawn, she added.

In reaction, playwright-novelist Ovidia Yu has announced her resignation from the Singapore Writers’ Festival steering committee, citing the NLB being a programme partner as the reason, according to a report by Today.

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