A petition calling for American pop rock band Maroon 5 to be banned from returning to Singapore has garnered over 1,000 signatures in less than 48 hours.
The petition was put up on Change.org on March 9, 3 days after a petition calling for Swedish metal band Watain to be banned in Singapore was put up. The Latter was successful and Watain’s permit to perform was cancelled by the authorities on the day of the performance itself.
Now, the organiser of the Maroon 5 petition hopes to achieve the same outcome.
Maroon 5 does not represent the culture which we want in our youths. Their subliminal messages in their songs include lyrics like “sugar, yes please”. This may compel young Singaporeans to consume more sugar in their diet, which increases the risk of diabetes. The Government is trying its best to fight diabetes in Singapore, and we don’t need such unwholesome bands to reverse the progress that has been made.-Excerpt from the petition description
In an exclusive interview, we got a hold of Mr Tay Koh Song (54), the creator of the petition and asked him for his input on the matter.
I am doing my part as a Singaporean. I saw how the government responded to the Watain petition and saw it fit to take a stand against Maroon 5’s unwholesome influence. If the government could ban Watain from performing based on a petition, what’s stopping them from preventing Maroon 5 from performing? It’s unacceptable what Maroon 5 is trying to promote. Can you imagine the thousands of young Singaporeans who could be swayed just by attending their concert? They’ll be queuing up outside bubble tea stores asking the staff for more sugar.
The number of Type 2 diabetes cases, the most common type of diabetes that can be prevented, is expected to skyrocket in the coming decades. The Singapore government has officially launched a War on Diabetes. About 400,000 Singaporeans are diabetic and one in three has a lifetime risk of developing the disease.
Mr Tay has added that he intends to submit the petition to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) for review and sincerely hope the government will take a firm stand against this “attack on our Singaporean values”.