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Independence and institution of Parliament is a serious matter: Charles Chong
PUBLISHED ON 30 Apr 2018
Chairperson of the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods Mr Charles Chong has released a statement highlighting the similarities made by Project Southeast Asia on 16 April 2018 and the anonymous Open Letter which was signed by more than 200 various academics.
 
Mr Chong explained with evidence that there was correspondence between two of the trustees of Project Southeast Asia, Dr Philip Kreager and Professor Jeff Burley, which revealed that Dr Thum Ping Tjin was involved in the statement by Project Southeast Asia. "If so, it is likely Dr Thum was involved in the Open Letter as well, since the Open Letter is remarkably similar to the Statement by Project Southeast Asia, with similar misstatements," said Mr Chong.
 
Mr Chong also highlighted that Dr Kreager and Dr Thum are the two directors of Observatory Southeast Asia UK Ltd (OSEA UK), a company which receives money from entities linked to George Soros, which was set-up with the intention to carry out political activities in Singapore. OSEA UK also owns and manages the New Naratif website, a website which carries political articles on Singapore.
 
Mr Chong added, "It is not clear if those being asked to support the Project Southeast Asia Statement and the Open Letter, know about the full extent of Dr Kreager's relationship with Dr Thum, or of Dr Thum's role in these documents. There is also no evidence that they have been informed of what actually happened at the Select Committee hearings; the misstatements in these documents suggest that they have not." 
 
Mr Chong emphasised that it is important for Singapore to protect our independence and the institution of Parliament. "The information now available suggests that there has been a coordinated attempt, with foreign actors involved, to try to influence and subvert our parliamentary process. This is a serious matter," he reiterated. 

Read the full statement
 
 

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