A dating website aimed at people already in a relationship is not welcome in Singapore, a government minister said on Friday.
Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing was speaking after news reports said the website, Ashley Madison, was planning to launch in the city-state next year.
"I do not welcome such a website into Singapore," he said in a Facebook post. "I’m against any company or website that harms marriage. Promoting infidelity undermines trust and commitment between a husband and wife, which are core to marriage.
"Our marriage vows make it clear that marriage is a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman. This includes staying faithful to one another."
Canada-based Ashley Madison - which promotes itself with the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair" - operates in North America and Europe, and has this year expanded into Japan and Hong Kong.
News that it planned to launch in the city-state prompted opponents to start a Facebook page entitled Block Ashley Madison - Singapore, which has more than 12,000 "likes."
A Facebook page entitled Block Ashley Madison - Singapore has more than 12,000 "likes."
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