Updated: 07/18/2014 21:00

NLB to put two withdrawn books into adult section: Yaacob

NLB to put two withdrawn books into adult section: Yaacob

Minister for Communications and Information, Yaacob Ibrahim, says two books pulled off the shelves of the library's children's section will not be pulped. 

Instead, they will be moved to the adult section. 

Dr Yaacob said this on his Facebook page, in response to queries from The Straits Times. 

He added that he has also asked the National Library Board to review the process by which they deal with such books. 

The two books - And Tango Makes Three and The White Swan Express - were withdrawn after a complaint. 

Among the concerns were the depictions of families with same-sex parents. 

It later emerged that a third book, Who's In My Family, was withdrawn in May following a complaint made to the NLB. 

Who's In My Family had already been disposed of as the title had been reviewed earlier. 

Mr Yaacob reiterated his support of the library's stand to withdraw the books. 

He said the NLB will continue to ensure that books in the children's section are age-appropriate.

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