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He Ting Ru on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

A "mere 21 days" after its first reading to produce a 249-page wide-ranging Bill which grants sweeping powers to the Minister and competent authorities to counter foreign influence. This was how MP He Ting Ru described the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill, as she raised concerns with the "rush" to draft and present the Bill. Speaking in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4), she wanted to know why there is a pressing need to "forge ahead" on the Bill now, and asked what real and imminent threat Singapore is facing that warrants "rushing" to pass the Bill. She said the proposed law will affect not only those who are active in politics but also ordinary Singaporeans. It would create a chilling effect on political discussion and engagement, and provide the Minister with wide-ranging powers that are largely unfettered. She also warned of the danger of domestic players using the Bill to whip up nationalism and anti-foreign sentiment in the name of protecting national interests and sovereignty.

He Ting Ru on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

04 Oct 2021 04:35pm

A "mere 21 days" after its first reading to produce a 249-page wide-ranging Bill which grants sweeping powers to the Minister and competent authorities to counter foreign influence. This was how MP He Ting Ru described the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill, as she raised concerns with the "rush" to draft and present the Bill. Speaking in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4), she wanted to know why there is a pressing need to "forge ahead" on the Bill now, and asked what real and imminent threat Singapore is facing that warrants "rushing" to pass the Bill. She said the proposed law will affect not only those who are active in politics but also ordinary Singaporeans. It would create a chilling effect on political discussion and engagement, and provide the Minister with wide-ranging powers that are largely unfettered. She also warned of the danger of domestic players using the Bill to whip up nationalism and anti-foreign sentiment in the name of protecting national interests and sovereignty.

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