Eastern Sun newspaper closes
– Eastern Sun was an English-language daily run by Mr. Aw Kow, who launched it with HK $ 6 million which he borrowed from a Chinese Communist news agency based in Hong Kong.
– The newspaper closed in 1971 after its deal with the Communist News Agency was revealed by the government.
Expulsion of foreign journalists
– Singapore expelled three foreign reporters working for the Singapore Herald newspaper, of which the then Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia was one of its main investors.
– The newspaper has been accused of spreading disinformation to stir feelings against Singapore’s national service policy.
Expulsion of American diplomat Hank Hendrickson
– The U.S. Embassy official asked Law Society President and former Solicitor General Francis Seow to lead a group of lawyers to challenge the elections against the People’s Action Party.
– Mr Seow later admitted he visited the US State Department in Washington to meet with Mr Hendrickson’s superior, who assured him to take refuge in the US if he encountered any difficulties with the government of Singapore.
Comments on the impoundment of Terrex vehicles in Hong Kong
– Nine Singapore Armed Forces Terrex infantry transport vehicles traveling to Singapore from Taiwan were impounded at the Kwai Chung Container Terminal in Hong Kong.
– Several Singapore businessmen and former MPs have expressed concern over strained ties with China and urged the government not to anger Beijing. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore’s general interests should come first.
Expulsion of academic Huang Jing
– An American citizen originally from China, Dr Huang Jing was at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy when he was accused of being in contact with foreign intelligence groups and agents.
– The Home Office said it had used its position at the school to hire prominent and influential Singaporeans, attempted to influence senior Singapore officials and change its foreign policy, as well as recruit other people to help him.
Experts warn of threat of foreign disinformation campaigns
– During consultations on Singapore’s Fake News Act, Protection Against Falsehood and Online Manipulation Act, experts warned of the risk of Singapore being the target of overseas disinformation campaigns .
– The select committee report states that “foreign disinformation has probably happened and should be happening in Singapore”, in part because of the country’s digital connectivity which allows foreign actors to easily reach large segments of the population .
Peak in critical comments during tensions with Malaysia
– Online social media posts, made by anonymous accounts, sought to create an artificial impression of opposition to Singapore’s positions.
– They intervened amid disputes with Malaysia over airspace and maritime issues at the end of 2018, which strained bilateral relations.
Report on China’s Soft Power Efforts in Singapore
– An analysis by a U.S.-based think tank found that the Chinese Communist Party and its united front organizations were using clan and business associations in Singapore to align local residents with China’s interests.
– This has been done through cultural exchanges, concerts, visits to “hometowns”, economic opportunities for young people and active lobbying of chambers of commerce, among others.