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Desmond Tan on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

Singapore should update its laws to address the new ways that foreign actors can influence local political individuals and entities, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan. Speaking in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4), he outlined the various measures and safeguards proposed to ensure transparency and counter foreign interference through local proxies. The Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill will repeal the Political Donations Act (PDA), bring the existing PDA obligations into the Bill and introduce additional countermeasures. Politically Significant Persons, such as MPs and election candidates, will have to comply with more stringent obligations, covering areas such as disclosure and donations. Entities and individuals who are members of foreign political or legislative bodies or whose activities are directed in part towards a political end will come under such obligations.

Desmond Tan on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

04 Oct 2021 03:29pm

Singapore should update its laws to address the new ways that foreign actors can influence local political individuals and entities, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan. Speaking in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4), he outlined the various measures and safeguards proposed to ensure transparency and counter foreign interference through local proxies. The Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill will repeal the Political Donations Act (PDA), bring the existing PDA obligations into the Bill and introduce additional countermeasures. Politically Significant Persons, such as MPs and election candidates, will have to comply with more stringent obligations, covering areas such as disclosure and donations. Entities and individuals who are members of foreign political or legislative bodies or whose activities are directed in part towards a political end will come under such obligations.

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