Last edited: December 11, 2004

S’pore Police Rejects Snowball.04 Licence Application, December 8, 2004

By Editor

Fridae appeals the decision and asks the relevant authorities to reconsider their position on Snowball. The police on Wednesday rejected an application for a public entertainment licence (PELU) to hold SnowBall.04 on December 26. It is the first time that a PELU licence has been denied as organiser Jungle Media, a Singapore subsidiary of Hong Kong-based, had obtained licenses for past events, namely Snowball in December 2002 and 2003, Nation (August 2002, 2003, 2004), Squirt (April 2004), Boys of Summer (June 2003) and Paradise Ball (December 2003).

Despite the fact that Nation.04 had been nominated for “Best Event Experience” in the 2005 Singapore Tourism Awards, the Police said that “the event is likely to be organised as a gay party which is contrary to public interest in general.”

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the Police said the following were taken into consideration:

“The promotion materials were widely advertised on, a known gay portal;

“Observations during the indoor Opening Ball at Suntec showed that patrons of the same gender were seen openly kissing and intimately touching each other. Some of the revellers were cross-dressed, for example, males wearing skirts. Patrons were also seen using the toilets of the opposite sex. The behaviour of these patrons suggested that most of them were probably gays/lesbians and this was thus an event almost exclusively for gays/lesbians;

“A number of couples of the same sex were seen hugging and kissing in public after the event while waiting for taxis and checking into the nearby hotels after the party;

“Several letters of complaint were received from some patrons about the openly gay acts at the Ball.”

It also said: “The Police recognise that there are some Singaporeans with gay tendencies. While Police do not discriminate against them on this basis, the Police also recognise that Singapore is still, by and large, a conservative and traditional society. Hence, the Police cannot approve any application for an event which goes against the moral values of a large majority of Singaporeans. Future applications for events of similar nature will be closely scrutinised.”

Chief executive officer Stuart Koe said the rejection came as a surprise as Fridae has “had a very congenial working relationship with Pelu and various police jurisdictions” as well as Police presence and cooperation at all their past events.

Dr Koe said: “Our events are known to be extremely professionally organised and have earned both domestic, as well as international acclaim. Nation.04 attracted 8,000 participants.

“In a study commissioned by the Singapore Tourism Board, Nation.04 was estimated to have generated $10 million in tourism revenue.”

Fridae has written to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng last night appealing the decision and asking the relevant authorities to reconsider their position.

In the event that SnowBall is cancelled, a full refund will be granted. Updates will be made available as soon as possible.

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See Fridae CEO Stuart Koe’s letter to PM Lee Hsien Loong on the next page.

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