Law against foreign interference: Who checks the checkers?

Time will tell whether Fica is used as intended. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SINGAPORE - Hours into a lengthy, testy Parliament debate over the merits of a law against foreign interference in Singapore, it was clear that contesting arguments across the aisle were converging on a somewhat esoteric but essential dynamic: one between law and order; court and government; judiciary and executive.

This, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam that day, was the "crux of the difference" between the ruling People's Action Party Government and the Workers' Party (WP).

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's WhatsApp Channel and get the latest news and must-reads.