377A: What’s The Pragmatic Way Forward?

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2019

377A: What’s The Pragmatic Way Forward?

In recent times, many from both sides of the fence have spoken and pushed hard for their positions on 377A to be adopted by the country.

They have also used touching narratives and anecdotes as a basis to support their positions.

Can that be a basis for repealing or not repealing 377A?

Petitions have also been initiated.

Should we make decisions based on the court of public opinion?

When one group takes a new and more effective initiative to drive a change, there’s another group that will retaliate even harder.

Both parties are focused on scoring points on an issue that at best, straddles between fifty shades of grey.

That’s why I have proposed earlier on that key stakeholders should embark on a more objective, open, effective, empathetic and compassionate conversation and other engagement.

Discuss outcomes, outputs and impacts of repealing or not repealing 377A.

Find common spaces, and develop plans to resolve potential fallouts and repercussions in the future.

Until there’re effective ways to resolve both intended and unintended consequences, it’s better to leave the issue as it is.

My sensing is that too much emotions are involved currently.

Many from both groups are not cool, clear, calm and collected enough to start an honest, focused and appropriate discussion.

Our 4G leadership has also not arguably earned adequate recognition, respect and follower-ship to make any major tectonic cultural shift currently.

Meanwhile, let’s not potentially polarize and divide the people.

We have probably more important and urgent tasks to accomplish at hand to survive and succeed in the fourth wave.


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