English translation of the Lianhe Zaobao article, “Talking about Ah Kua shows” (9 June 2000)

Talking about “Ah Kua” shows

By Cui Jun

Starting from this month, Sentosa’s Fantasy Island would be bringing in the
Simon Dance Troupe from Phuket where men will be performing song-dance items
dressed as girls. In doing so, the authorities have hoped to attract more
tourists to Singapore which itself is devoid of any natural beauty.

In spurring our economic growth, tourism undoubtedly occupies a paramount
position; it brings recognition and revenue to the country. But are the no
more better, no more prettier performance
troupe?

1) What’s the Real Reason Behind This?
This “art” troupe originates from Thailand when it is a indispensable tourist
attraction. Everyone thinks of such “indigenous performance” when talking
about tourism in Thailand. While it is true that it brings revenue to
Thailand, does Singapore which is not facing any recession and having huge
reserves need to rely on such performances to increase the tourist revenue?

According to statistics, tourists coming to Singapore is rising, this shows
that we still have our attractiveness. For example, our cleanliness, us
being a food paradise, our multi-cultural society, safe nightlife, just and
uncorrupt leaders and an advanced transport system.

2) A Prelude to the Renaissance of the Arts?
I believe a renaissance of the arts must be premised upon high art and not
some salacious art forms. In our quest for a more gracious and refined
society, bringing in the Simone Dance Troupe clearly is a step backwards.
The authorities have spent a lot of time and effort to push for a more
gracious society, let’s not let such performances derail this path.

3) To Encourage a More Open Society?
While reports have stressed that the performances will not be sexual in
nature, surely it cannot mean that the performers will be fully dressed in
traditional Thai costumes? Moreover, one doesn’t have to take off another to
have a salacious performance. Everyone knows that visitors there will be
there to largely because they are attracted to the enticing figures of these
pretty “Ah Kuas”. There must be something particular about this performance
for the authorities to restrict viewers to those above 18 years old. The
ramifications brought about by this troupe is tremendous:

a) These performers of the “Third Sex” are generally psychologically and
morally unbalanced but yet they can be cheered and admired by viewers,
making their performances no less popular than real artistic performers. I
fear that this would encourage such people towards this goal- believing that
what they are doing is a fine job. If this is so, in years to come, we would
not need to bring them from overseas because our local “Third Sex” people
will also be able to “bring honour to the country by earning revenue”.

Furthermore, while our local homosexual problem at the moment has not caused
the nation and citizens great harm; with the advent of liberal thinking and
once such performances gain in popularity, there will surely be an increase
in homosexuals in Singapore. This is a social problem that cannot be
ignored.[NB: OK, I can’t stand it anymore, I have to say something: the
preceding paragraph is the greatest piece of illogical crap I have read in a
while]

b)To attract tourists to such performances, there will have to be overseas
advertising to promote the troupe. This would indirectly imply that
Singapore is promoting salacious activity.

c)As everyone know, homosexuals and AIDS are “comrade in arms”, growing by
leaps and bounds in recent years. AFA have been unyielding and tirelessly
educating the public about AIDS to stem its rapid growth. Bringing this
dance troupes will contradict the efforts of the government and waste the
efforts of AFA.

I have always tolerated and accepted and not condemned homosexuals-
themselves mentally unhealthy. The most important is to base our attitude on
facts and a even/moral heart. It was proven in “The Truth About
Homosexuality” written by Egbert Walton and translated by Yi Ping that homosexuality is not
in-born but caused by later socialisation. Thus we must accord homosexuals
with forgiveness to help correct them so that they can go back to the right
path and live a new life.

…………………………….

Acknowledgements

This article was first translated and posted on SiGNeL by Rave Yeh:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/signel/message/824

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