Instability in Hong Kong a problem for everyone: Shanmugam

In a picture taken on July 24, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam speaks at a forum organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Institute of Policy Studies.
In a picture taken on July 24, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law K Shanmugam speaks at a forum organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Institute of Policy Studies.PHOTO: ST FILE

Instability in Hong Kong is a problem for everyone, including Singapore, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam.

He added that Singapore does not have the ability to weather a similar crisis. Unlike Hong Kong, which has "the huge advantage of China's support", Singapore has no one to support it, he said.

He added that compromise and a clear approach that deals with political and socio-economic problems will be needed for the situation in Hong Kong to be resolved.

Mr Shanmugam made the remarks in an interview last week with Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post and Chinese-language daily Lianhe Zaobao.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2019, with the headline 'Instability in HK a problem for everyone: Shanmugam'. Print Edition | Subscribe