TOC Exclusive: Otto Fong’s Open Letter

Posted by theonlinecitizen on September 10th, 2007

This open letter was written by Otto Fong (see insert picture) who is currently teaching in the Raffles Institution. In this letter, he openly shares his sex-orientation of that being gay which he published in his blog.

And incidentally, his story was featured on the frontpage of today’s The New Paper.

This is a good read for us to better understand the struggles, pressures and thoughts of a gay growing up and living in Singapore.


I am Otto Fong. I have been teaching Science in Raffles Institution for the last eight years.

Being a teacher has been the most rewarding part of my professional life thus far. My students continue to amaze me daily with their wit, maturity, independent thinking and leadership. It is very fulfilling that I am a part of an institution that moulds the future generation of Singapore’s leaders.

Leaders are people who can rise above the tide of popular opinion, people who are guided by the conviction of rightness and justice and in being so guided, lead others towards that right path.

Read the rest of Otto Fong’s letter here>>>