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Four in 10 Singaporeans unaware of children's book controversy

Published on Jul 18, 2014 6:58 PM
 
Two of the three titles taken off the shelves by the National Library Board (NLB) after receiving queries over whether they were suitable for children. Many Singaporeans are unaware of the controversy regarding the National Library Board's (NLB) decision to remove three children's books - which contain references to same-sex couples - from public libraries. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Many Singaporeans are unaware of the controversy regarding the National Library Board's (NLB) decision to remove three children's books - which contain references to same-sex couples - from public libraries.

A poll by the Government's feedback unit Reach found that four in 10 of the 843 citizens surveyed knew nothing of the debate, which occurred after the NLB received complaints that the books were not "pro-family".

But of the six out of 10 respondents who have kept up with the controversy, 45 per cent supported NLB's move, while 28 per cent disagreed.

Meanwhile, 23 per cent declared themselves neutral on the issue.

 
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