Academic Banned from SG, PR Status Cancelled

Academic banned from SG, PR status cancelled
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by REACH Singapore

05 Aug 2017 10:44AM

Dr Huang Jing from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) was stripped of his permanent residency yesterday (4 August) and will be expelled for being an ‘agent of influence with a foreign country’ to influence Singapore’s foreign policy and public opinion, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). 
 
Dr Huang and his wife, Ms Shirley Yang Xiuping, will be permanently banned from Singapore.
 
In a MHA statement, Dr Huang was identified working with intelligence organisations and agents from a particular country, which was not named. 
 
Dr Huang was the director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Lee Foundation Professor on US-China relations at the LKY School, and his views on China and foreign policy issues were frequently sought by organisations and the media. He has also contributed articles to China’s Global Times.
 
He and his wife were born in China and are now US citizens.
 
The LKY School is part of the National University of Singapore, whose spokesman yesterday said the matter is of serious concern, and Dr Huang has been suspended without pay with immediate effect. She added that he can no longer work here as his permits have been cancelled. 
 
“Huang used his senior position in the LKY School to deliberately and covertly advance the agenda of a foreign country at Singapore’s expense. He did this in collaboration with foreign intelligence agents,” said the ministry. 
 
“This amounts to subversion and foreign interference in Singapore’s domestic politics. Huang’s continued presence in Singapore, and that of his wife, are therefore undesirable.”
MHA noted that Ms Yang was aware of her husband using his position to advance a foreign country’s agenda. 
 
Dr Huang had engaged prominent and influential Singaporeans, providing them with what he claimed was “privileged information” about the foreign country to influence their opinions in favour of that country, said the ministry.
 
“The clear intention was to use the information to cause the Singapore Government to change its foreign policy.”
 
However, the Government decided to not act on the information.
 
MHA added that Dr Huang and his wife can appeal to the Home Affairs Minister under Section 14(6) of the Immigration Act within the next seven days. They will have to leave Singapore within a grace period if their appeals are unsuccessful. 
 
Sources: “Academic stripped of PR status, banned from Singapore”, The Straits Times, 5 August 2017

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