Photo of Teo Ho Pin from Singapore Press Holdings

When interviewed by media reporters over the influence of foreign agents, PAP MP Teo Ho Pin said that Singaporeans should be reading reliable sources of information such as government’s announcements:

“Singaporeans must keep themselves informed of what’s happening in our country through reliable sources of information, such as government’s announcements.”

The PAP MP even claimed that the quality of life would be affected but did not explain how:

“The potential impact of individuals working as agents of foreign countries could be serious and will affect Singaporeans’ quality of life.”

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) yesterday (Aug 4) announced that a China-born US citizen professor had his Singapore permanent residency revoked for acting as “foreign agents of influence”. MHA charged that Professor Huang Jing attempted to influence Singapore policies:

“Huang used his senior position in the LKYSPP to deliberately and covertly advance the agenda of a foreign country at Singapore’s expense. He did this in collaboration with foreign intelligence agents. This amounts to subversion and foreign interference in Singapore’s domestic politics. He knowingly interacted with intelligence organisations and agents of the foreign country, and cooperated with them to influence the Singapore Government’s foreign policy and public opinion in Singapore… Huang’s continued presence in Singapore, and that of his wife, are therefore undesirable. Both will be permanently banned from re-entering Singapore.”

However, the professor was appointed an academic from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, which is a government think-tank. It should be natural that Professor Huang Jing provides his inputs to the government from an academic standpoint of view, through his interactions with foreign delegates.

Professor Huang Jing is currently still in Singapore and he told the South China Morning Post that MHA was unable to reply which country he acted for, US or China:

“It’s nonsense to identify me as ‘an agent of influence’ for a foreign country. And why didn’t they identify which foreign country they’re referring to? Is it the US or China? My family and my home are all here. I have property in Singapore, too. How can they treat me like this? If they have evidence, they should take me to court.”

According to sources familiar with the issue, Professor Huang Jing was said to be critical of the new US administration under President Donald Trump and that his expulsion is likely an order from the US government.