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Jamus Lim on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

Remove ambiguous language from the law to better ensure efficiency and accountability - that was the call from MP Jamus Lim as he proposed amendments to the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4). He said the Bill, as it stood, left the scope of foreign interference “troublingly vague” and would allow action to be taken based on suspicion or speculation. Assoc Prof Lim said the level of proof should be raised to require at least some degree of evidence, actionable intelligence or reasonable assessment of imminent harm. This would prevent abuse of power and reduce the likelihood of resources being wasted when investigating and prosecuting cases.

Jamus Lim on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

04 Oct 2021 04:53pm

Remove ambiguous language from the law to better ensure efficiency and accountability - that was the call from MP Jamus Lim as he proposed amendments to the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4). He said the Bill, as it stood, left the scope of foreign interference “troublingly vague” and would allow action to be taken based on suspicion or speculation. Assoc Prof Lim said the level of proof should be raised to require at least some degree of evidence, actionable intelligence or reasonable assessment of imminent harm. This would prevent abuse of power and reduce the likelihood of resources being wasted when investigating and prosecuting cases.

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