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More than 100 sponsors back Singapore’s Pink Dot Day but foreign support is banned again

Singaporean companies have thrown their weight behind Pink Dot Day in an event which organisers have admitted has again faced challenges.

The annual LGBT festival is expecting a 20,000-strong crowd at Hong Lim Park tomorrow to help celebrate its 10th anniversary.

But as in previous years, the event has not been without issues with a Facebook group called We Are Against Pink Dot (WAAPD) claiming almost 6,800 members. It has called on members to wear white tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s Pink Dot Day is the second where foreign companies have been barred from sponsoring the event. It follows amendments to Singapore’s Public Order Act which came into effect on November 1 2016.

Google, Uber, Apple and Facebook were among 10 international brands which last year sent a letter to the police asking to be allowed to sponsor the country’s annual festival. However, the application was rejected by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Among this year’s sponsors from the world of media and marketing are The Secret Little Agency, Bluetotem Communications and Formul8.

One of Red Dot for Pink Dot’s campaign founders, Darius Cheung, the chief executive of property search portal 99.co, told Singapore’s The New Paper: “(The sponsorships) send a strong signal that businesses in Singapore remain relentless and tireless in their quest to forge an inclusive and diverse landscape.”

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