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Pritam Singh on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

The high level of executive power introduced by a Bill to counter foreign interference in Singapore demands that there should also be robust judicial oversight to prevent abuse, said Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4). He said there was “considerable disquiet in some quarters” over the speed at which the Bill had been presented to the House, adding that the Government should have sought public feedback first. He also questioned why the Government had been “largely muted” on non-legislative measures to fight foreign interference, such as through public education. Mr Singh gave a summary of amendments to the Bill in four areas, filed by Workers’ Party MPs.

Pritam Singh on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

04 Oct 2021 03:49pm

The high level of executive power introduced by a Bill to counter foreign interference in Singapore demands that there should also be robust judicial oversight to prevent abuse, said Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4). He said there was “considerable disquiet in some quarters” over the speed at which the Bill had been presented to the House, adding that the Government should have sought public feedback first. He also questioned why the Government had been “largely muted” on non-legislative measures to fight foreign interference, such as through public education. Mr Singh gave a summary of amendments to the Bill in four areas, filed by Workers’ Party MPs.

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