Every week radio station RTHK opens its airwaves to the desperate and dateless for a matchmaking programme without a murmur of protest from listeners. But when the Singles Club recently invited bisexuals to call into the show, the complaints rolled in. The broadcasting watchdog, Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority, received five complaints about the programme. The outraged listeners believed it was 'promoting homosexuality and bisexuality', said a spokesman. The show, aired late every Thursday night on the Cantonese-language Radio 2, invites romance-seekers to go on air and takes calls from listeners wanting to speak with them or arrange a meeting. Executive producer Clarence Yang Kut-si assured the public that there was no explicit language or descriptions on the show featuring bisexuals. 'We are not surprised that a Chinese community would react in this way,' he said. 'Sex basically is a taboo.' The show attracted allegations that it would lead to sex abuse when it was launched two years ago but had now been accepted. Mr Yang said it was the 'older generation' - those over 30 - who were less tolerant. 'They have this opinion that by putting homosexuals on the air we will promote homosexuality and it will spread,' he said. The bisexuals on the show had spoken about their feelings towards members of their own and the opposite sex. The so-called Dr Sex, the psychiatrist Ng Man-lum, blamed Western influences for intolerance and said Chinese had traditionally tolerated homosexuality. 'I suspect those who complain belong to Western religions,' said Dr Ng. He said Hong Kong Chinese were less intolerant than counterparts on the mainland where there were no 'real' laws against homosexuals and radio stations openly discussed sex. Late-night radio agony aunt Pamela Pak Wan-kam said the public was hypocritical. 'A lot of things they do but they won't talk about it,' said the Metro radio host. 'Not many people have an understanding about bisexuality in Hong Kong. They think you are either gay or heterosexual,' she said.