Singapore invokes foreign interference law against pro-China citizen

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Chan Man Ping Philip (Photo: Instagram)

Chan Man Ping Philip (Photo: Instagram)

SINGAPORE: Singapore has designated a 59-year-old businessman as a “politically vital particular person” below a foreign interference law that’s getting used for the primary time.

The man, Chan Man Ping Philip, is a Singaporean citizen who was born in Hong Kong.

In a media assertion on Friday, the Ministry of Home Affairs mentioned: “The Registrar has assessed that Chan has proven a bent to be influenced by foreign actors, and that he’s keen to place his pursuits ones.”

“The Registrar thought-about that Chan’s actions are aimed toward political ends in Singapore, and that it’s within the public curiosity that countermeasures below FICA (Foreign Interference (Account) Act) be utilized to Chan.”

Chan declined to remark. He is the primary to be handled below the foreign interference law that got here into drive in July 2022.

Although the federal government didn’t say which foreign nation’s pursuits Chan was pushing in Singapore, Chan was amongst 30 abroad Chinese who attended in March final yr the annual session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, a ceremonial advisory physique of the many of the Chinese parliament.

At the time, he informed native media that representatives of the Chinese group overseas ought to create an “alliance” and “inform China’s story nicely”.

In 2019, Chan was warned for facilitating a gathering at a restaurant he owns to debate Hong Kong’s anti-government protests, the Straits Times reported.

Chan maintains ties to the Chinese-controlled metropolis of Hong Kong as president of the Hong Kong Singapore Business Association.

He is the managing director of Singapore’s Wen Way Investments Pte Ltd, the actual property funding arm of Shenzhen-headquartered Amer International Group.

As a “politically outstanding particular person”, Chan should yearly disclose political donations of S$10,000 or extra that he receives and accepts, foreign affiliations and immigration advantages.

“These transparency necessities would assist detect and forestall any foreign interference aimed toward political territory in Singapore,” the Ministry of Home Affairs mentioned.

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