Singapore looks into foreign interference bill

Monday, 2021-09-13 21:59:55
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NDO/VNA – The Singaporean Government introduced the Foreign Interference Countermeasures Bill to the legislature for discussions on September 13.

The Singaporean Ministry of Home Affairs said the proposed law will strengthen Singapore's ability to counter foreign attempts to influence domestic politics, incite social tensions or sway key national decisions.

If adopted, the bill will provide the Government with a range of tools, including powers to compel Internet and social media service providers to disclose information on users, remove online content and block user accounts, to counter these hostile actors.

Individuals and groups directly involved in Singapore's political processes will be designated as politically significant persons (PSPs) who will be subject to measures to mitigate the risk of foreign interference should the law come to pass.

It will require political parties, politicians, election candidates and their election agents to declare any foreign affiliation.