Signposting as a principle in lawmaking

Laws, even when not enforced, shape the moral ecology of the society we live in

In the debate over Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises private and public acts of gross indecency between male persons, it is often said that there is no point keeping the law if the Government does not intend to enforce it.

More accurately, during the parliamentary debates on the Penal Code review in 2007, then Senior Minister of State Ho Peng Kee said that the police had not been proactively enforcing Section 377A and this stance would continue.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline 'Signposting as a principle in lawmaking'. Print Edition | Subscribe