Warning on foreigners who break laws

Foreigners who break the law in Singapore should be prepared to face the consequences, said the Ministry of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Ministry.

This includes having their visas or work passes revoked.

The two ministries were responding to media queries last night about the Malaysians who were demonstrating at Merlion Park on May 8 and 11, following the Malaysian general election earlier this month.

The two ministries said in a joint statement that the Government takes a strong stand against "the importation of foreign issues and politics into Singapore".

Twenty-one Malaysians who took part in the illegal gathering on May 11 to protest against the election results were arrested. The work pass of one of them was revoked, and the social passes of two others were cancelled. Police said they would review the work passes of the remaining 18.

"Some of the Malaysian offenders have since approached Malaysian Members of Parliament and their political parties to petition on their behalf against the measures imposed on them for breaking the law," said the ministries. "Their actions to involve foreign parties are attempts to seek special treatment and to further politicise what is essentially a domestic law and order issue in Singapore."

Last Thursday, four Malaysian opposition politicians gathered at the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur to seek "a second chance" for those who were arrested.

LIM YAN LIANG