Singapore: NLB to put two withdrawn books into adult section


Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information has also instructed the National Library Board to review their processes for dealing with such titles: CNA

Two books pulled off the shelves of the library’s children’s section will not be pulped, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim told the Straits Times. Instead, they will be moved to the adult section.

“I have also asked NLB to review the process by which they deal with such books,” Dr Yaacob said in comments which were also posted on his Facebook page on Friday (July 18).

The two books – And Tango Makes Three and The White Swan Express – were withdrawn after a complaint on the public “We are against Pinkdot in Singapore” Facebook page. Among the concerns were the depictions of families with same-sex parents. It later emerged that a third book, Who’s In My Family, was withdrawn in May following a complaint made to the NLB.

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