Manpower Minister Josephine Teo Concedes She Speaks “Too Straight” At Times

In 2016, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo set social media ablaze after she famously said that “you need a very small space to have sex“.

Recently, Mrs Teo was asked about the exact quote during a sit-down with Ms Sumiko Tan from The Straits Times — an interview published on 8 Sep.


In response, Mrs Teo expressed regret for making the remark and claimed that it was a “private joke”.

Josephine Teo said she shouldn’t have made the remark

Mrs Teo’s interview took place at the Two Chefs zi char restaurant, which she’s “indebted to” for graciously vacating their previous premises to make way for a childcare centre.

The popular eatery Two Chefs is located in her Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC ward.

The pair touched on numerous topics during the interview, ranging from her family to her childhood.

But the most outstanding of them all would arguably be her ‘small space’ remark 3 years back that made headlines in Singapore.

When asked about the comment, Mrs Teo’s response was simple and to the point,

I should not have said that. It was meant as a private joke.

She also said given the fact that she’s constantly in the public eye, “nothing is really private anymore”. She considered this a lesson learnt.

Someone who speaks her mind

Mrs Teo also touched on her straightforward personality, which seems to come as a double-edged sword in recent times.

During the interview, she was described as someone who “speaks frankly and freely“, which differentiates her from most Singapore politicians.


However, Mrs Teo concedes that she can be “too straight” at times, and is aware that some people may not be a fan of that. She was quoted as saying,

Unfortunately, I think I talk a bit too straight. Some people don’t take very well to that. My husband & friends are used to it. It’s like that, I say (it).

You can read the full write-up of the interview here.

A brave move to speak openly about the controversial remark

We are heartened that Mrs Teo has chosen to speak openly about her controversial remark.

Now that we have a better understanding of her personality, what do you think of her rationale behind the controversial ‘sex in small spaces’ remark? Let us know in the comments below.

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