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FCA discussion on FICA, Singapore’s foreign interference bill

  • 06 Oct 2021
  • Online
  • 6pm
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Thank you to those who have signed up to attend the FCA discussion on FICA, Singapore’s foreign interference bill this evening at 6pm on ZOOM. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

For those who are planning to attend but have not yet registered, do please register soon, by logging in to your FCA account at, clicking on the event and then on “Register for this Event!”

Before the discussion begins, we invite you to read the speeches by Minister Shanmugam at and

We also invite you to read the response from one of our panelists, Kirsten Han, at

We will see you soon, on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 975 1087 0159
Passcode: 241096


-----Original Message-----
Singapore's Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill was first introduced on 13 September 2021, and is likely to have its second reading at the next parliamentary sitting in the week of 4 October 2021.

Critics say this three-week window is insufficient for Members of Parliament and Singaporeans to read and understand such a lengthy bill, much less consult with stakeholders.

Singapore says legislation to combat malignant foreign interference is necessary for national security reasons, but activists have warned it should not be seen as an excuse to concentrate power in the hands of the state.

Join us at the FCA to understand this draft bill better with:

  • Kirsten Han, Curator of the We, The Citizens newsletter, which focuses on issues dealing with Singapore from a rights-based perspective.
  • Dr Chong Ja Ian, Associate Professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. (Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2008).

The session will be moderated by FCA member, Christine Hah from BBC News.


Zoom details are as follows:

Meeting ID: 975 1087 0159
Passcode: 241096

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