Singapore vulnerable to foreign election influence: Expert

Multi-ethnic society, global dependency can be exploited, says French political analyst

Mr Fabrice Pothier, co-founder of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, says he can imagine that Singapore's big neighbours might want to shake things up and influence things in the country.
Mr Fabrice Pothier, co-founder of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, says he can imagine that Singapore's big neighbours might want to shake things up and influence things in the country.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Singapore has several ingredients a foreign power can exploit to influence election results or even policies, French political analyst Fabrice Pothier said.

Its multi-ethnic, multilingual social fabric, as well as dependency on the global market, means the Lion City is vulnerable to attacks and information campaigns from outside, he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2019, with the headline 'S'pore vulnerable to foreign election influence: Expert'. Subscribe